Summary: I had 4 years old Everio HD cam coder and time to purchase new one. Compare to old one, better quality HD, image stabilization is obviously better. This has more newer function and options to select from. Software? I am using the same one from old one. Once get used to, it is no problem for me, because I do not do much online upload nor editting. I just burn movie to DVD. It is no prob. Not all DVD player supports that format, but not big deal for me.
Pros: image quality image stabilization fun to chose time lapse mode super slow mode etc compact zoom
Cons: automatic lens cover night mode not very well
BUYER BEWARE: Software doesn't work with Windows 8
27 December 2013
Summary: Everyone with a laptop or pc with Windows 8.0 or higher needs to be aware that the Everio LoiLoFit software that comes with the camcorder does not work on Windows 8.0 or higher. I bought this camcorder over a month ago and took it on vacation in Kauai. When I came home, I installed the Everio LoiLoFit software that came with the camcorder onto my pc which I recently bought and came with Windows 8.0.
Summary: I just came back from a 4 day vacation to LA area. This camcorder takes great HD pictures. It's easy to use, easy to download the videos to my computer. I would highly recommend this camera to any amateur picture taker.
Pros: user friendly lightweight and very compact.
Cons: hard to use the view finder screen in the sun.
Summary: Bought the camera to film sporting events from the stands, it does a wonderful job. Great detail, the zoom is 65x so I can zoom in on shoe laces from 100 yrds away. Battery life is good, but the camera can film while it is charging. The SD card makes for easy transfer to the computer. I have not used the wi-fi options yet, but Costco does a wonderful job in putting this package together.
Summary: This camera all the associated hardware works wonderfully. The image stabilization and picture quality are outstanding. My issues / complaint occur every time I try to offload the video onto my computer . I have windows 8 and a new machine (purchased from Costco that I love). The Loilofit software that came with the camera was simple enough to install on my computer, but the ONLY way I could transfer video directly from the camera (other than removing the SD card) was to...
Pros: camera/hardware perform flawlessly would have rated a 5 were it not for the software
Cons: very problematic software for converting to dvd software wont log on / upload to youtube burning to blue ray cost extra formatting for ipad/ipod cost extra
Summary: I ordered and it came in super fast. COSTCO always comes through! I love the ease of use, although I am still learning as I go. It would have been nice to have a manual to go with it. Still much to explore!!
Pros: ease of use
Cons: miss not having a viewfinder getting used to it.