Not the mother of all beasts, but exceeds epectations for the price
D. Repenhoff, Amazon
17 December 2009
Summary: I've had this camera for a about a week now, so far it's exceeded my expectations. Here was few points of criteria for me: 1. Trying to stay around the 300 dollar budget (factoring in the cost of flash cards vs. built in hard drive allowed for a leverage of going over). 80GB = 19 hrs of recording time at the highest level settings, more then enough for vacation, christmas, babies first step and then some!
Summary: We just bought this in preparation for our first child. It seemed like the best option to share high quality videos with our family members with really nice LCD/Plasma TVs with blu ray players, as well as those who just recently bought a DVD player for their tube TV. We've only had it for one day, but the laser touch controls have been really intuitive, and the options and controls while filming are adequate for home movies.
Summary: The recorder is very small, has good optics, and is easy to use. The total record time is fantastic. The laser menu is also easy to manipulate. The software supplied for downloading to a PC is easy to use and mostly self-explanatory. The negatives thus far are that it has an auto shutoff feature after 5 minutes making the camera useless for recording long-term slow acting events. I have found no way to shut off this "feature".
Summary: What's great? It's light, easy to operate and very good quality. The 80GB hard drive has lots of room. The option to use an 8 GB microSD card makes it flexible. I haven't had need to upload to YouTube, but I have heard it is very easy. You can set it up to record to hardisk and take still on the microSD, or any combo you want. It worked really well with my semi-pro tripod. What's so-so?