Pros: Decent sound quality.
Cons: Everything else! Price, lacking features, etc
This might seem like an attractive portable digital recorder BUT there are better options available. I would urge everyone to carefully consider the alternatives available as there are better recorders at this price point.
The only positives I see about this recorder is the affordable price, the big screen, decent sound quality with external mics and 4GB internal memory. THAT'S IT!
Battery life is fantastic...well...yes and no. It's long lasting if you record on the lower settings. On high resolution settings, you get about 6 hours or less of recording time. However, there are more cons to this recorder that make it a no deal for me, especially if you consider the other options available at similar price points. A lot of consumers feel this Sony, and it's bigger brother, the D-50, are the top of the heap but this is simply not true. While this recorder might fit the bill for some people (business execs recording meetings, news reporter doing indoor interviews, etc), it simply will be a rip-off for musicians and amateur recordists.
If you are hell bent on buying this thing just know the following:
1. The mics are extremely sensitive to wind noise.
(the accessory to eliminate wind noise is pricey too!)
2. No XLR inputs.
3. The covers are flimsy - I almost broke one.
4. Mediocre field recording quality mostly due to no. 1.
5. The limiter doesn't prevent mic overload (and they overload easily).
6. The mic's produce phase shifting which kills image localization.
7. Does not come with a case!
8. No overdubbing.
9. Lacks many tracking options.
EDIT: Apparently it does use Micro SD too! My friend who let me borrow it told me it only used Sony memory cards. Fixed my review and associated ratings! Thanks for the correction!