Summary: This camera is EXACTLY the same guts as the HDC-SD1 which costs half as much. Panasonic originally came out with the SD1, then replaced it with a camera with a smaller image sensor and then re-introduced the SD1 with a different color body as the AG-HSC1U. It is a great camera, and I really like it, but if you are thinking of getting this model, first look for the HDC-SD1 and save yourself some dough.
Summary: I bought this camera when I was oversea vacation. It's great camera for the amount of money. So, I edited my footage time line video clips by using Sony Vegas Pro to make a Blu-ray movie. It's unreal, it's sharp, but the only thing that got me is: I had to import the video clip through its own software that came with the camera and then save them as MPEG2 file before I can transfer to the Vegas time line. If anyone has better idea, please let me know. Thank you Thomas B.
Summary: I love this camera. It's tiny, but does not feel like a toy. The auto-focus is very good and fast enough for my needs. The 12x optical zoom with Optical Image Stabilization is great. The image quality is amazing (though I should say I jumped a number of technologies as my previous video camera was S-VHS).
Summary: The AG-HSC1U is a VERY small camcorder, for my particular use the size and solid-state recording was a big part of the choice. Once in use the camcorder impressed with beautiful pictures, however for interviews one need to mount a bracket to hold the microphone, I got one with 2 shoe mounts for a video light to pop the faces and also a microphone, it would be nice to have a headphone jack, but there is no such thing, instead there is a recording level indicator on the...
If you do not have Windows XP or 2000 be very aware!
Regan Pirali "Regan", Amazon
2 April 2008
Summary: This is a good produce except for a few things. The battery life on both the camera and the external hard drive is very poor. The software that comes with the camera can only work on Windows XP or 2000... sorry Mac or Vista users. However Panasonic does have an application that can work on Windows Vista but it is in Japanese's. If you do run Finial Cut Studio 2 in your Mac you can import it in to your timeline.
Camera is great but beware the external Hard Disk Drive
J. Cline, Amazon
24 March 2008
Summary: The AG-HSC1UP is easy to use, light and compact, and takes great video. Transferring AVCHD footage from the camcorder itself to a Mac is a breeze. Do note that if you transfer video from the camcorder to the included portable Hard Disk Drive (VW-PT2), and then try to transfer those clips from the HDD to a Mac for editing in Final Cut, it can be confusing. Here's a solution: Connect the portable hard disk drive to computer using USB cable and turn on the HDD.
Summary: Having previous extensive experience with other panasonic professional camcorders, I knew this one would be no less than amazing. I rate it a full five stars. It has outstanding image quality, ease of editing with iMovie '09 and FCP, small form factor, and it uses SDHC cards which are readily available. This camcorder does not disappoint. The outstanding image quality is nothing short of fantastic. There is fineness in detail.
Summary: I'm an editor by trade, so for me the work flow and support for this format was very important. If you work with iMovie use of this footage is fast and seamless. And if you prefer Final Cut Pro (as I do) it works flawlessly with that as well now, providing you have the current FCP 6 (which is part of the Studio 2 release). So where some have complained about being able to edit with this format, I don't see that as a problem anymore.
Summary: Record all you want just don't try to edit any of the video. The color saturation is excellent unless backlit in which case everything washes out. The focus is very good. Any motion creates a slight staccato like vibration in the picture which I believe is coming from the internal camera stabilization device. I would love to demonstrate all of the above, but my final cut studio based edit bay does not support AVCHD.