Summary: I bought this to transfer MiniDV's to digital - my computer - when my original MiniDV camcorder quite working. Prices to convert MiniDV tapes to CD or Digital are high so with this purchase I could connect the camcorder to the computer and transfer the tapes at home for a fraction of the cost.
Summary: Great camcorder, bought new 6 yrs. ago and loved it. The only downside is the vast tape collection that I will eventually transfer. A note to buyers; you must have battery charger/AC adapter for proper use.
Summary: I received EVERYTHING with this lovely camara! I have the instruction booklet,cables,batteries,carrying case,etc. I would've rated the item a 4 or 5 if I had actually shot footage. It turned on so, so far I am happy with that. I've just not made the time to do everything with it yet. The camara barely has a scratch. I love the weight of it and the design. Hopefully when I get it up and runnin' I'll have more good things to say about it.
Summary: The reason I wanted this camcorder was because I gave my more updated one to my daughter in Washington to take movies of the grandkids. I am very pleased that this machine matches the other in quality, so we can just send films back and forth. All the extras were included. I'm very pleased.
Summary: This is a good camcorder. It records great video and audio however it has only a limited number hours of useful life. It is not a real hardy piece of equipment. More for the occasional home movie user. For its price, its probably a pretty good value.
Summary: This is a great camera. Very portable size, nice to hold in the hand. I have to use newer MiniDV tapes for the best quality, as old/used ones occasionally have pixelation after importing to my computer via firewire. Otherwise, this is a great camera, and the audio quality is very good due to the dual stereo microphones. This camera is very simple to operate, and I am very pleased with it overall.
Summary: I've used this camera in the past for micro, macro, landscape and portrait shots. The image stabilizer works really well to reduce blur, even at distant and high zoom shots. The lens captures more area, allowing me to forgo using a wide angle lens. Despite low pixelation, I've had good results enlarging images withoout losing too much sharpness. You can't do too much better under $500 for a camera of this quality.
Summary: Pros: Light, easy to use, sound quality is excellent, zoom is nice and smooth to watch, not choppy like the old days. Cons: Backlighting is dark indoors, but I just turn on more lights in the room I'm filming in. This works fine. I can't seem to find ant more cons than that. I hope this review helps!