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.
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.
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.
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.
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.