Summary: I did get it for a film class . But the end result is : Unless you dont want to spend the bucks in a newer hd camcorder and this is all you can afford I guess it is what it is !. It is digital and using a fire wire is good for editing but your pc must be able to keep up with the frame drop now days 3.0 is the way to go. Some will say Oh dv is still better than hd since most people dont have a bluray YET ! thats the key word yet.
"Dated but brilliantly powerful and versatile camera"
29 September 2011
Pros: Great versatility with the hand strap for both forward and rearward recording. Quick recording and pausing. Also has the ability to add an extra Night mode light (IR) or light for darker surrounds
Cons: Zoom only operates slowly when recording but lightning fast when using as viewer or in pause mode. The biggest downside is the lack of accessories avail now. 12 monts ago there was HEAPS! but now.. there is only batteries.
Summary: Perfect as state condition. only problem is that he had left an adapter ring on it, which he forgot about and was stuck. i got it off. and camera works great evn for how high the hours are. fair price.
"Great camera with a lot of professional level features."
25 May 2011
Pros: Really nice on-screen image, low camera noise when running tape, optical image stabilization works pretty well when not mounted on a tripod; night vision has several levels that take some familiarization with; time stamp if you want it; customizable ze
Cons: Low light level auto-focus is poor. You have to select slow shutter speed (highest in this range is 1/30 second) and then manually focus, which is OK if you're mounted on a tripod, but if not, God help you get that image in focus. Would have preferred n
Excellent pro cam's for low light commerical shoots!
2 April 2011
Summary: The Panasonic DVC30 is one of the best pro cam's made for low light shoots! This is our third DVC30. We contract to concerts, expo's and other events and found this lightweight cam can get the job done. I prefer this over our Sony cams. No complaints with the image quality!
Summary: I have found no fault with the camcorder. It has performed as expected . I( am using it to record from a home movie screen some cherished scenes from 89MM movie film from ww2 and beyond including the hydrogen bomb test from the air at einawetak M.I. I then narate the scenes and transfer them to DVD for my grand kids.I was able to down load the users manual frim Panasonic and make a Manual in large print which gave me a perfect program on the first try.