Summary: One of the first things I notice about any electronic equipment is how much time I actually need to spend with the manual. I would much rather look at the equipment and know immediately what to do without having to read up on it-just grab and go. To me, this is an important feature. That's where I had the most problem with this camera. I had to play around with it to figure out all the functions.
Some manual features, Good (but not great) quality--A Nice First Camcorder
S. Watson, Amazon
18 October 2008
Summary: Definitely a good starter camcorder, has pretty good features. Pros: -Quickstart feature -Comfortable (although wrist strap kinda hurts after an hour or so) -Impressive zoom (sometimes has trouble focusing on very distant objects) -Small -Has SD card slot (for taking crappy videos and pics, but still works if you have to shoot something and only have this camcorder) -Can take pictures while recording (to MiniDV tape, don't know about when you're recording to the card)...
Summary: This camera is okay. The picture quality is a little blocky and it is shaky. Overall, though, it is pretty decent. It's comfortable to hold and the options are fairly simple to figure out. It doesn't do real well with brightness in the background, e.g. light reflecting off a mirror or window, but it does have an option that helps. Mostly a good value and possibly better for people with actual video skills.
Summary: This is a nice little camera - it is reasonably easy to use. The pictures are acceptable. The only problem I have seen so far is that it lacks a microphone jack to plug in an external microphone.
Summary: We haven't much of a chance to use it yet, but we think it will be just fine- once we get the hang of it. The size is nice, and it's light-weight. Focusing with the zoom has been a challenge, but then again maybe we just haven't gotten the knack of it yet. It's our first video camera!
Summary: Works fine, the battery life isn't the best so you may need to upgrade to a better battery. Playback is great but the only problem I found was in darker areas you need a lot of light for clear playback. It's my first camera so I may need to adjust something somewhere.
Summary: I really like this little camcorder. I did a ton of research on it. I was looking at about 50 other cameras. This is light weight which really makes it easy to hold even for periods of time. I held it for 30 minutes at my childs play. I recommend the tripod. But it was really easy to use. I didn't have much time to practice before his play. If you know how to work a VCR you are over qualified to work this camera, that's how easy it is to use it.