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.
Excerpt: If you want to shoot movies... move on. This is a newsgathering and special events camera. It's made for professionals who need to get the video on the air asap. Menu system is identical to the bigger brothers from JVC. Also shoots SD which is perfect for most PEG users. PC or Mac workflow is awesome.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Excerpt: I can't say enough about this little workhorse. I bought it just over two years ago as i began a documentary project (I sold my Canon XLHHD to a film student). Right off the bat the weight, the feel, the features made shooting run and gun a dream. I have been shooting 1080 24 and it looks like i am shooting on film. Some clips of what i shot wound up on the local broadcast news and it was beautiful. The camera is light. Which means shooting hand held is a dream.
Pros: Amazing Image Quality, Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD, Lightweight, Zoom range/performance
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.
Excerpt: Will be using this for making indie low-budget movies. Had experience using an earlier model and after researching other models, I decided this model offered everything I needed at a reasonable (though not the cheapest) price. I don't mind paying the extra as B/H has excellent return policy and I didn't want to risk buying from someone just to save a few bucks. Image quality is stupendous, probably due to 3 CCD and nice lens.
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD