Summary: This is not the first time I've bought the Panasonic AG HVX200, now I have three of them! I think they are great, & the best bang for the buck. The only weaknesses are that they don't zoom in quite as much as most cameras, & they don't do well in low lighting situations.
Summary: I got this camcorder because I'm in the need for a high end HD camera for some gigs.I'm really familiar with it because it was the one I use in college and it's easier for me to start working on some gigs with it, than get a new one that I don't know.In my opinion it's an amazing professional HD camcorder, easy to use and with the HD quality you an get in any other brand camcorder at a better price.
Summary: This is a great camera. Versatile for live shooting to studio settings. Only drawback is that it doesnt do as well under low light conditions. It has a varied amount of formats and the ability to record on P2 cards or tape. It is quite heavy to use as is and your wrists will get tired, so you definately will benefit form a shoulder mount/stabilizer or using it on a tripod.
Summary: I know there are video geeks out there who might state there are better cameras out there - and there certianly are - if you want to pay a lot more. Overall, this camera is very hard to beat for it's versatility, size, and capability. I just finished a four camera shoot of a large conference using this camera. I had rock solid performance out of each camera and had no doubts the consistency of each camera was the same across the board.
Summary: This camera is a solid investment. With the purchase of the lens adapter and additional lenses this camera gives a high production value result. Currently this camera is used on television shows. Not just reality shows but in studio as well.
Summary: The only basis for comparison I have is the Sony XL series. I worked for a company that uses XL1's and 2's. Those were decent cameras, but the HVX200 is far more superior in resolution and features. Now, I am starting my own company, and we will be using all Panasonic cameras...until we can afford Reds.