Summary: With an African safari coming up, I read every review written looking for the most suitable point & shoot video. It came down to this one and Panasonic HDC-SD 60K SD--but Canon Vixia won out because of picture color quality. There were comments about the screen being reflective in the sunlight, but nothing that accurately conveyed that in bright sunlight the screen just acts like a mirror. It was IMPOSSIBLE to see what I was filming.
Summary: I was very excited about the HFM300. Out of the box it fit right into the palm of my hand. It was very responsive and the image stabilization worked well. The problem started when I tried to load it on to my Mac. I have a Canon SLR and point and shoot neither have trouble loading video with iPhoto. Initially, iphoto recognized the photos, but not the video files. After searching the web, I was not the only one with this problem.
Summary: Bot this cam on high flying "reviews". Absolutely disAppointed. Hard to reach zoom, poor touch screen and having to use remote for some of the functions are just bad features. Cameras response to functions controlled by the remote is poor even whether you are away or in the face of camera. Poor side panel design. Return. Return. Return.
Summary: There are four things that make me regret the purchase of this camera. First of all the headphone jack doesn't work consistently so it becomes difficult if not impossible to check my sound levels while I'm recording. I can't put the jack all the way in and I have to fiddle with it to hear anything. I've tried different headphones that work fine on my iPod and computer, but not with this camera. So that's an outright defect.