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.
Excellent every day HD video camera AND great research tool with external audio input
22 July 2013
Summary: Use this camera for recording home interviews and other research topics. Several features are essential for our purpose, and the EX515 has them all... +Mic Input +Audio Monitor +Adjustable Mic Level +Record on AC power +SD recording quality +Good low-light capability Details This is, of course, a very good quality HD video camera for everyday use. Video quality in low indoor lighting is excellent, and you have some high bit rate HD resolutions on tap as well.
Summary: It's a decent camcorder for the money. Like that I can access it via Wifi and using my smart phone, but the "Live Streaming" over Ustream requires a computer. Not what I was hoping for. I really hoped this would stream through the Wifi directly to Ustream so I could bypass a computer. I'd not be unhappy if it worked through my iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S4, but that's not supported. Besides that it does a decent job of recording video.
Summary: Just got back from a long vacation using this camcorder. It's super light and full featured. At first, I was also concerned from the previous reviewer about not being able to see the action outdoors without a viewfinder. Ignore that concern as you don't need a viewfinder. If you are on silent mode (e.g. no sound when you click start/stop recording), you cannot see the picture on the touch screen when outdoors for some reason.
Summary: This camcorder really impressed me with its picture quality, both video and snapshot modes. The editing software had a short learning curve as well. The touch screen could be more user friendly, but its manageable. Because there is no viewfinder - for outdoor videotaping I found myself blindly shooting at what I hoped was my target - and for this reason it must go back.
Pros: image quality
Cons: lacks viewfinder for recording outdoors editing software should allow more sequences