Excerpt: Okay it's not a top of the line camera and it would rate about 4 stars next to a higher end model, BUT at this price point it is an excellent buy for a 3CCD camera with a decent amount of bells & whistles.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Great Sound
Excerpt: First, the negatives. The first impression was the spring loaded clip that secures the eyepiece to the view screen disintegrating upon touching it. Ugh. Gravity now keeps the eyepiece in place. We'll find a way to juryrig a fix of some kind.
the hmc 80 is the way so much comfortable on the shoulder and it also looks very pro
16 March 2015
Summary: Make sure you cary some extra lights as other reviewers mentioning, and also you will need an extra shotgun microphone don't go cheap on those guys i suggest you buy sennheiser mk600 or rode ntg 2, you will also need extra battery pack buy the original panasonic don't go cheap on this one too trust...
Summary: We'll update this as we gain experience with the '80. First, the negatives. The first impression was the spring loaded clip that secures the eyepiece to the view screen disintegrating upon touching it. Ugh. Gravity now keeps the eyepiece in place. We'll find a way to juryrig a fix of some kind.
Excerpt: Trying to get a professional budget and decent video camera for begginersthat it took me 1 full month watching reviews, finally decided to buy this Panasonic AG-HMC80P, quality is so good, clear, vivid, also the things that I like the most is the XLR inputs, among other features, overall, very happy...
Pros: Easy to Use, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD
Excerpt: I will be using this camcorder for live music events, some weddings and mayube even promotional type stuff for bands and interviews of band members. I got this product for the sole purpose of wanting a pro style camcorder to show off to my clients.
Pros: Great Picture Quality, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD
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.