Summary: After 4 months of light use this camera decided to start giving disk errors, resulting in the loss of all video of my daughters first birthday. It will format and start to use the disks, only to show a disk error sometime during the recording.
Summary: Update 1/19/10 - This camera was great in the beginning but we started having problems with it about 6 months after we got it. Have now replaced it with a Sony. I wouldn't buy this if I had it to do again. On the bright side, when it's working the picture quality is still pretty high.
Summary: I was impressed by the picture quality this camera offers in the DVD class, the best thing I like is video in low light conditions. I would recommend to anyone who wants to buy a DVD camera for family activities
Summary: Ignore the September 17 review. It's sad to see individuals, who do not have the patience to study the instructions, offer such inappropriate criticism because of their unwarranted frustration. The key is to READ the manual before using the camcorder. The explanations are in the manual.
Summary: Very disgusted with this cameara. Hitachi's web site said this camera had a built in flash, the unit does not have one. I got constant disc error when using various diss. They have 4 formats and is it extremely difficult to figure out which one to use and when.