Have been impressed as a Camcorder, but mislead about SD cards
30 October 2012
Summary: Camera has worked great since we bought it. Picture and sound are solid. Only complaint is I should have done more research. I bought this thinking I would be able to take the SD card out and put it in a computer/MAC to work with the video files. Not the case, requires the USB cable, and still not working well for me. It is nice/flexible to have SD cards to add new memory, but might as well be tapes/internal SSD/etc. vs. SD.
Summary: So far everything works fine and the picture is great. The 3 speed zoom option is great and all the picture settings are really easy to navigate. They are two cons however with this cam. The first one is the short batt. Life, but I knew that before buying so I got a bigger batt. The other big con is with viewing the LCD screen on the sunny day. Let me warn you, you won't be able to see anything on the LCD, forget about it.
Almost the perfect video camera--except for the autofocus
E. McKay, Amazon
17 October 2010
Summary: This camera is well designed and has all the features I need. The only problem is that I can't get the autofocus to work well--the resulting videos do not have the sharpness I would expect from a HD video camera. And while the focus is poor normally, it is especially poor with face tracking turned on. Not sure what to do. I'm surprised that nobody else has complained about this. Could it be this camera is defective?
Summary: I'm going to keep this short. Other reviewers have pointed out the many great things about this camcorder, and there are many. Unfortunately, there is one deal breaker for me, and I'm absolutely shocked that more people haven't mentioned it.....the lens is not wide angle enough!! I bought this a week ago to take on vacation.