Summary: This is an excellent camera for the money with acceptable quality in low-light conditions, but I would recommend purchasing a long-life battery, a solid microphone, and plenty of storage (two 32 GB SDHC cards or four 16 GB for standard def recording). With these three accessories, there's no limit on what you can capture.
Summary: This is the first "prosumer" HD camcorder I've used. For the money I can't see the need for anything else. The video is great (as long as you get the correct lighting kit) and adding external audio via a mic is a snap. Make sure you invest in a larger SD card. The 2Gb card that comes with it only gives you about 20min of video on the highest settings. Other than that the unit is constructed well and is light weight.
Summary: OK, I am not a professional videographer, but I know what looks good on a nice television or screen. I tried the smaller HD camcorders (Canon HF 10, and Sony HDR-SR11), and they have excellent video quality if you do not move the camera. I mean don't follow your kids around the yard or try to video a bird in flight or pretty much anything moving.
Most Bang for your Buck: HD shoulder cam with xlr inputs
18 November 2007
Summary: Decided to look for an inexpensive shoulder mounted high definition camcorder: there are currently, as Feb. 2009 two models available. The Sony HVR-HD1000 and the Pansonic AG-HMC70 (HMC70P, HMC70PJ are NTSC models, PAL models use different numbers). After checking out online reviews by Digital Content Producer and VideoMaker, I decided to go with the Panasonic camcorder. The shoulder models both use "professional" versions of consumer handheld cameras.
Summary: I shot a music festival using this camcorder, and was impressed. It is well designed, and has a familiar layout to the older Panasonics that used the miniDV tape transport. The HMC70 uses high-speed SD cards, and gives a fairly good quality image, even in lower-light situations. I shot several bands inside a dark club. The lighting in the facility was not very good, I'm sure it was a pre-packaged 'Disco' package, complete with annoying spinning lights.
A True Professional Camcorder, Far Superior to AG-AC7, Incredible HD Image Quality Designed for Broadcast
Plasma Productions, Amazon
18 November 2007
Summary: This is the perfect camera for someone looking to get into the world of professional videography without breaking the bank. This is a true professional camcorder, no more, no less. It's decked out with all of the manual controls a professional needs, as well as a very effective full auto function for beginners. The best of both worlds! As a professional videographer and filmmaker, I have used the HMC70 in the field alongside the Panasonic AG-AC7 and Panasonic HMC40.
Summary: Panasonic should have never released this camera. Their affordable (sub $3,000) standard definition shoulder-mount offerings were excellent. This one? Not so much. There's a reason it was discontinued. Even outdoors on a sunny day the images from this 1 chip camera were awful. On top of its lack of neutral density filter which forced me to bump the shutter speed up to 1/2000 (or was it higher)? Either way, that to me is unacceptable. Low light is a joke with this camera.
Professional Image Quality in an Amateur Camera Body
Stephen Stough, Amazon
18 November 2007
Summary: As the retired chief technology officer for a Fortune 100 company that developed their own digital cine camera, my fundamental interest was in image quality. This 3-CCD, 1440 x 1080i anamorphic 16:9 format camera produces outstanding image quality -- closer to the theoretical limits of performance of 1/4 inch sensors than anything in its price range.
Summary: i am one of those few people who own both hmc70 and hmc150.while my hmc150 is top notch product,i cant criticize my hmc70 if i look at the fact that it cost 1/3 of what hmc150 did to me. hmc70 is consumer camera fitted into big body,but........this consumer camera will put lots of other professional camera to shame. if u are looking for hd quality under two grand look no further.i bought this camera when it was on sale 3 weeks ago.price went up since then.