Summary: It looks like a very professional camcorder, and at an original price of over $1,000, you'd think you'd be paying for high-quality, HD footage. The fact that it was once sold for over $1000, blows my mind. Even at $500, this camcorder just doesn't meet the high expectations it brings along with it's look. For starters, the Optical Image Stabilizer might as well not work.
Summary: Theres alot of good and alittle bad. Bad! The .tod format is the worst thing. It takes forever to convert. Loses quality on conversion. The handling is very shaky. The depth of field on it doesnt work that well but still does the trick for certain things. Good! 3ccd and HD show very much in this small camera. The swivel screen is awesome. Alot of menu options for a semi pro camera.
Summary: I got this camera with allot of expectations out of it without even reading any ones review but i wish i had. It looks cool and pro but the only reason i don't like is it's bad OIS. If you are getting it for fun or shooting non moving objects or something like that, i would recommend it. But for sports or fast action stuff. Don't get it. you will just be getting blurry frames in an fast movement.
Owned this camcorder for several years. Listen closely.
12 May 2012
Summary: I bought this camcorder for about $600 used, several years ago (and it was still $2000 new back then), like brand new. I feel like I got my money's worth exactly to this day. There is no good reason this camera should still cost $2000. Let me explain. CONS: First of all, the "Image Stabilization" is completely nonexistent. Do not be deceived.