Excellent product that should provide many year's worth of video-making.
8 July 2013
Summary: I purchased this as my first high-definition camcorder. I own and I'm familiar with Panasonic's standard-definition camcorder, the AG-DVX100b. This made learning the HPX170 much easier. However, there's still a good learning curve to meet (at least for me). The picture and audio quality is excellent. It uses the P2 cards. The P2 format is stable and is recognizable with my video-editing programs. The downside is that the P2 cards are very expensive.
Summary: I use 2 of these at work every day. Now I have one at home. The P2 format is useful if you are going to do serious video editing. I wouldn't put one of these cameras on a consumer user's hands. But I sure do recommend them for people who shoot video for money.
Summary: I'm an undergraduate student at William and Mary and together with a bunch of friends, I make a few films a semester for competitions and to put together a portfolio. I bought this camera in January and it is really fantastic. I usually shoot in 720p/24pN and I love the image. Also, the pN mode gives you significantly better writing time's on the P2 cards without sacrificing resolution.
Pros: BATTERY, Built in Vectorscope, Built in Waveform, Ergonomics, Intuitive controls, Lens, Light Weight, Resolution Options, Solid State, Three ND Filters, Variable Frame Rates
Cons: Cost of P2 Media, Low Res LCD and EVF, Not Many Accessories
Summary: As a video production veteran, I am extremely pleased with the latest from Panasonic. This camera expounds on everything great about the HVX200, and eliminates some of the unnecessary fluff for me. For the type of work I do, there are no drawbacks to this camera. From commercial production and indy film work, to sports and run and gun shoots, this camera leaves everything at my finger tips in a nice, small package.
Summary: At less than 1/2 the price of the HPX-500, its remarkable, but don't try to out do 2/3 inch sensors. We do mostly action sports in daytime and this camera rocks with the pix indistinguishable from the HPX-500. Low light, not as great. But fantastically easy to use -- Worst feature is we had to buy 2 32gig P2 cards to get enough 720p time.
Summary: We are a church and we record a weekly VCAST for web viewing and a higher quality version for DVD distribution. The quality is great and even the compressed flash video version looks good thanks to the high quality of original recording. The P2 card makes initial transfer fast and easy.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile
Summary: first i purchased the hmc150, found out it could only record is a few formats. i exchanged it at b and h fore the hpx170. best move i could have done, you can shoot slow motion, 4x3 and the image is a lot better than avchd. the free 16 gig card is awesome and i love how it performs in low light compared to the hvx200. feels great in the hand because of the lack of tape door and it keeps alot of the same menus from the hvx200.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Versatile
Summary: Just got mine! Nice upgrades over the HVX-200 which I've used extensively. Wider angle lens, new CCD's and addition of the waveform/ vectorscope. Color rendition is excellent and slo-mo fx's are stunning. Great choice for the Independent Videographer looking for a highly portable, solid state recording HD camera.