Summary: I sold it before I used it because of numerous reports of faulty firewire & mic ports. I did not want to take a chance since I purchased it through an individual rather than an authorized seller who could provide me with an adequate warranty.
Summary: Good solid small camera for ENG or, in my case, experimental and stock video, low end digital film production. Pro features are OK, would like better wide angle lens. P2 media, file format is expensive but superior to highly compressed masters if you go with FX in post. Brick of a camera. Not for consumer use. Tape is probably redundant at this point. Will probably move to something where I can get prime and W/A lenses.
Pros: white balances pretty easy without problem even with minimal or no light. shoots very clean as should be expected from an HD cam irs control is smooth and gradual unlike the sony cams Has two XLR inputs
Cons: the low light performance is terrible. its the last camera i would pickup for night shotting even with camera lights. heavy and bulky. hard to focus.
Perfect for the sort of things for which it is perfect...
A. Pickett, Amazon
6 April 2010
Summary: The HVX remains among the best choices for prosumer HD camcorders. Previous reviewer was right to advise buyers to consider the cost. Realizing the full potential of the HVX will require at least another $2k worth of purchases, depending on what you intend to do with it. Plan to buy at least a couple P2 cards or a Firestore, an 82mm UV filter, the HVX book by Barry Green, a solid tripod, and a good case before getting started.
Summary: I am now a proud owner of the Panasonic HVX200A. This camera has treated me very well since I've received it, although, there are some really important things to consider when making this purchase. This camera comes with many great features and great picture quality with a quick and easy workflow. The camera is somewhat heavy compared to others in it's size class, but it's the best quality for the price in my opinion.