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.
Summary: Pros: HD 60gb Size Resolution and quality just for outdoor events Cons: poor picture quality VOD file extension - hard to use Adobe PRemiere Pro 2.0 for editing No nightshot No lights support Poor quality for pictures and video indoors ( forget to buy it if you don't have enough light to record a indoor event. no charger included in the package !!!!! I.link cable is not compatible to Cyberlink software.
Summary: This camcorder has quite a few drawbacks. It is not true HD as claimed and it is visible compared to others. The camera gets very hot - the harddisk. The connection to the PC and Mac is easy via USB but the video files can not be easily used in PC editing software as a harddisk recorder seems to suggest. There is a mess of XMl control files that make no practical sense whatsoever and I work in IT. In any case I want to shot videos and not program. Not very userfriendly.
Summary: The review provided by the cnet team is fairly accurate. Having filmed 6 hours of HDD not much is useable as it was shot from boats, buses, trains and planes whilst on holiday. The bundled software is the worst software bundle I have ever seen it is inadequate in the extreme. They even have the temerity to ask you to spend more to upgrade the software to a full package, why? would a full package of rubbish be better than a half pack?.
Pros: Great handling and light to carry. For tripod work its great.
Cons: Hand held and moving shots are useless. OIS does not work.
Excerpt: Il problema grosso che ho avuto con questa camera è in fase di montaggio!!! Infatti sia con Studio 12 che con il programmino dato in dotazione della CyberLink prelevando dall'HDD della HD7 i fles .TOD si ha una notevole incongruenza tra il tempo in cui si schiaccia il tasto REC per terminare la registrazione di un clip e l'effettiva fine del file stesso, per cui ci si ritrova con circa un secondo di registrazione in più, registrazione che ovviamente ...