06-28-2010 11:30 AM
Sony advertised the NighShot function heavily in camcorders that had it, but I haven't seen it advertised in years. Not even sure if it is as feasible with the CMOS sensors now in use as opposed to the CCD sensors in the NightShot cameras.
I'm fairly certain it was removed due to all of the abuse of the function (use of an IR-sensitive camera in daylight).
If you REALLY need IR sensitivity, you might be able to have a camera modified to remove the "hot mirror" IR blocking filter. Some companies offer this service for DSLRs, not sure about camcorders.
06-29-2010 09:31 AM
BTW, if you just need low light capability, manufacturers have made great strides over the years in low-light sensitivity. My Canon HF100 performs pretty well in low-light situations. As I understand it, the HF200 was a step back, but the HF S200 may be an improvement. (You need to compare physical sensor sizes on Canon's site - physically larger sensor -> better low light performance.)