Summary: this is a great camara, we needed another one to record a "mini serie" in south america and it work fine. Bradneal, who sold it to us was a very nice people he helped us in everythings we needed, thanks Brad...
Summary: Quite cheap but very good camcorder for this price. I worked before with procamcorders like AJ-D700, AJ-SDX900, DSR450WSL, PDW-530 XDCAM and for me the worst thing of HPX500 is very, very weak viewfinder... It has also poor menu and too small audio level meter what is important when you work with sound engineer - it could be two switchable items on one LCD display: video preview and "normal" audio level meter with time code (like in DSR-450).
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, SDI, Simple Controls, Slow motion
Cons: Poor menu, Small audio level meter, Weak viewfinder
Summary: Great camera. Love the P2 work flow. Lots of configurations for HD and SD. Bought last Jan. 08. Very power efficient. Best features: No moving parts, No heads to wear out, No such thing as drop-outs, no heads to clog or clean. Very awesome. I have a fuji wide angle lens on the camera, and love to do hand held at waist level with the LCD screen out. Very steadi-cam like when shooting this way.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, No drop outs, No heads, No moving parts, Simple Controls, Versatile, Very power efficient
Summary: Action sports in Reno/Tahoe area. Cannot break it and the P2 card system allows unprecedented rough handling in outdoor weather. Makes HDV tape look very shabby - can never go back to HDV. Its still a big camera and not as easy to use as a smaller camera. Extra P2 cards are over priced in my opinion - but they don't wear out! Worst feature is Japanese translated manual!
Pros: Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Summary: I shoot mostly films and music videos and I have to say that this is one amazing camera. Tons of professional features, easy to use and if you put some nice primes on it the picture will blow your mind. Long battery life. Great for the price.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Versatile
Summary: I've used this camera for ENG work at my job, though it could be used for just about anything from events to commercial production to filmmaking. Great HD picture quality shooting to P2 cards. Great price. $20k for a full package is an unbelievable deal. Easy to use for anyone who has handled a larger camera or moving up from the HVX200. Works superb in low light. My only knock is that the viewfinder is weak compared to other cameras in this range.
Pros: Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Versatile
Summary: Great camera but make sure it has the e-prom update for the 5600 white balance pre-set. The 5600k white balance pre-set is very blue and green. There is talk about it on the forums and Panasonic has a fix. It doesn't effect the manual AWB modes. The scene file wheel (like the HVX200) is great to have on a pro camera.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls, Versatile