Summary: Great little camcorder that performs well in most conditions. Battery life is Ok but you will need more than 1 for an all day event. The biggest disappointment is that it will not recognize a class 10 sdhc card as shipped. The firmware has to be updated and that can't be done by the consumer, only by a service center.
Summary: I bought this camcorder for general purposes and so far, it has blown me away with its picture quality. The camera does exceptionally well in daylight conditions; however, in low light conditions, the camera performs okay. This camera has shutter speed as well as aperture options which would come in handy when dealing with low light levels.
Summary: After 2 months of research this was what I bought. I was looking for a camera to video wildlife and sports mostly. I didnt want to drop a grand and also wanted HD. NO tapes or disks, had to be an SD Card. Technology changes to fast I will probably buy again in 4 years. For the price range this was the best I could find. Just like everyone says the low light is not great (the reason for 4 stars).
Summary: Video imports fine into iMovie 09. I copy the files from SDHC Card to hard disk and them import from there. Requires lots of disk space when imported but 1TB hard drives cost ~$75 now and 1.5TB drives will be under $100 by the end of the year. I can make AVCHD structured DVD disks that keep the High Def content and play on BluRay players using free software - TSMuxerGUI. Latest VLC player can play *.MTS files nicely on Macs too.
Summary: I love this camera, already have the HF20 version which has a 32gb internal flash drive. I wanted another one and the HF200 is the same camera without the internal flash memory. The camera shoots excellent HD video, great zoom and very small and lightweight. I figured I could use the SD HD Class 10 cards I was using in my Canon T1i. NO DICE, explained below. I had 2 Class 10 SD cards that don't work.
Summary: This is a great little camera with just a couple flaws. The main one being that although you have manual control over shuuter and apeture, you do not have control over both at the same time. This one little thing makes it a consumer style camera insted of a prosumer camera. They do advertise that you have control over these features just have to read the fine print. if however you do not need that feature to be used at same time, this camera is excellent for many uses.
Summary: This is a great little camcorder for the price. Very good zoom lenses (15x) and image stabilization technology. The camera doesn't come with internal memory but SDHCs are cheap enough so you can get a few. I'd recommend a pair of 16Gigs. Be aware that this is NOT a good camera for low light conditions. Footage can get grainy, choppy and noisy.
Summary: is a good product. I bought this product about a month ago and took lot of time working on this camcorder. I like the image quality and the video that it takes. Good size, and is portable. The only drawback I see it the pixela software it comes with to download this image. This one needs DVD -R for writing the DVD's. When I first installed the software, it downloaded the videos fine but did not allow me to edit or burn it. Maybe it didn't liked my m/c.
Summary: SUMMARY: Good video camera, decent photo camera, software annoying but functional, FULL REVIEW: We bought this camera a few weeks ago since it had the best CNET reviews in it's class. The HF20 is basically the same camera with a 32GB flash card built in, but the difference in cost between the two cameras is more than a 32GB flash card. We ordered a 32GB flash card, a large battery, and an external battery charger.