A lot of features packed into a reasonable priced unit.
James Willing, Amazon
15 July 2014
Summary: The camera performs as expected based on the published specs, and in good lighting conditions the image quality is outstanding for the price. Good feature set with manual overrides for just about everything that an 'old school' camera jockey would want. A very good unit for the price point.
Summary: This is actually my 2nd HMC80: Although the Panasonic HMC80 has been around for some time, and there are other models that have supplanted it since its introduction, it still remains one of the best Pro HD camcorders for the money. Image quality is extraordinarily good. Reviews have indicated that this cam has issues wth low light: while it is true that this is not the most sensitive low-light cam it does quite well in my experience with it.
Summary: when you hold the camera, you will say 'wow thats very lightweight' I thought I was heavier. It has XLR inputs which is a plus. WB is a bit slow to adjust sometimes. I recorded this video: [...] since my videographer complained that it was too big, I had to repleace it with another panasonic camera.
Summary: I have been wanting this camera for a while. We used it in class and so I already knew it's capabilities. I have yet to take it out for any film shoots except at church. I film the lesson every week and turn it into a professional DVD. I am in the process of scripting some shorts for church so I'll be taking it out for that not soon enough! And Grad school is coming so I'll be using it for that.
Excerpt: I have taken some pictures on business,that are many sound stage peformance and music show in Japan. 3 CMOS is gave very buatiful images for me. This product is Looks like ENG camera, because not too heavy and not too light,just fitting on sholder. It's comfortable to shoot,easy operation,very much feeling for me!
Summary: I've seen this happen before on Amazon: The same product with two separate "identities". Here we have a Panasonic AG-HMC80PJ etc., etc. and elsewhere on Amazon you can find a Panasonic AG-HMC80P (no 'J') etc., etc.. The pictures are the same, the price is different by three dollars. The really big difference between this one and the other one without the 'J' in its model? The reviews! And I can attest to giving this (or is it the other?
Summary: After testing out this camera on several shoots as part of a class project, I found that it has no LCD viewfinder and the eyepiece is a window to an extremely small image. The viewfinder does swivel 180 degrees, but even so, it is so close to the lens that shooting backwards is nearly impossible. The manual functions are simulated, not truly mechanical, and the color balance/white balance is somewhat unnatural, compared to similar models.
Excerpt: This is the second of these I have purchased through B&H for my A/V students. It is a great camera for the money. It has all the features you could ask for in a camera at this price range. It is not broadcast legal in the US but it is in India. My only complaint is a very minor complaint and that is that the power cord adapter was for the wrong voltage and B&H never responded to my email.
Pros: Easy To Use, Improves Performance, Professional Quality