Conclusion: I am a ski instructor. For filming skiing, it has all what's needed, except one feature (viewfinder, which the lack of I substituted with a gadget from a dollar store): below 32 degrees F rating, excellent 53 stabilized hand-held-able zoom, excellent picture quality, true slow motion - instant on the hill playback (60pps), output connectable to old video and HDMI of unbelievable quality - on a big HDTV screen you feel you are part of the motion, it fits into the inside...
Conclusion: This unit serves only in well lit situations and will fit in a pocket, as long as it is large and deep enough, making it convenient in certain situations. In low or moderate light levels this unit functions very poorly, with output largely unacceptable for the viewer. The stabilizer included works very poorly. Needless to say, do not purchase this unit for indoor usage without additional lighting.
Video quality has been great, have also used taken some still images with ...
31 August 2014
Summary: Video quality has been great, have also used taken some still images with it and have been very satisfied with the results. One draw back is that there is no second external button to take still images. You have a touch screen button which maybe a little inconvenient if your other hand is busy. It is very easy to accidentally turn on the camera while carrying it.
Summary: I owned a first generation HD Vixia camcorder in the past and I sold it because it was very slow to initialize recording, play back images and videos, and displayed a noticeable shutter lag while taking stills. The output, except in low lighting, was excellent. It took nice, crisp AVCHD .MTS videos with a variety of recording options. It also had a built in video light, a flash unit and a dedicated physical shutter button for taking still images.
Summary: I love this camera! This camera is FANTASTIC! Why do i say this? Pros: GREAT quality EASY to use Touch Screen Auto Off Fast Recharge Expandable Memory Moveable Monitor HD!!!! Smooth Recording Great Zoom Cons: Does not have bells and whistles (Manual lens cover, not as bad as it seems) Have to buy SD card
Summary: I was looking for a cheaper, but still great quality camcorder. I am studying electronic media so I figured it'd be nice to have something halfway decent, and this definitely does the job! The lack of internal memory is not an issue for me, like many people have said memory cards are so cheap nowadays why would you pay $200 for 16 or 32 gb of internal memory.