Summary: great camera. intuitive interface, silent motor zoom and autofocus. The camera takes excellent in low light, you can shoot childrenconcerts without additional lighting. Light weight compared to other professional cameras that I've tested. You can select the format of recorded files depending on your computer and software. Better to take a used professional camera JVC than new unprofessional.
Summary: I am new to a camcorder with all these features, but once you figure out how everything works, it shoots great video! auto mode is very good, but tweaking in manual mode is very beneficial especially in low light. I use it to make videos for youtube and it is very easy to do. Just shoot, remove the sd card, copy the video to your desktop and drag to youtubes upload page.
Summary: From it's small profile to it's jam packed technology, this camera delivers well in many situations. I'm giving it a 5 star simply because it provides excellent versatility and performance for the price/package combination. Pros: Compact size and weight is a plus as I have hiked this camera up the Swiss Alps and even up beach and mountain cliffs. The technology packed into the camera gives the cameraman excellent control.
Summary: To qualify my experience: I've worked with four of these cameras as my primary professional studio rig for about 3 years. I've shot multiple documentaries with it, and hundreds of in-studio training sessions for higher ed and the corporate market. This camera's audio mixer is really handy. I think those are available on a lot of cameras in this range, but anyway, it's nice. Everything else about the camera is just sufficient.
Summary: Great little camcorder. Good resolution, light weight and reasonably easy to figure out. More of a consumer that a "pro" camera, but it produces a fine image. The key for me was that it saves files to 32GB SD cards in MPEG4 or MOV formats that can be instantly ready by Premiere Pro (the editing software I use) or FinalCutPro, this saves substantial time that used to be taken up by transcoding.
had to send it back because of misleading advertising.
the other one "the other one", Amazon
19 April 2013
Summary: had to send it back because of misleading advertising. be careful folks. this is a cam that is specific to apple mac intel dual core or better, running at least 10.6.x and ONLY with FCP and a very particular codec that is ONLY going to work with this cam if FCP is installed. this is not made plane enough in the advertising and I thought it was worth pointing out.
Summary: When I look at this camcorder at first, I was a little bit skeptical. It is a little bit bigger than an advance consumer camcorder. After reading the manual and getting used to all the manuals, I can honestly say that this is a very good camcorder for its size. It has all the manuals controls you need for shooting a pro video. Also, it's possible to tweak the setting to obtain a very good picture quality even in low light situations.