Summary: I bought this camera brand new and only used maybe 5 times and the finalizing of the cds wont work. I tried to get it fixed and of course $225 needs to be up front. Really for that much just buy a new one.
Summary: I admit this isn't what I'd get if I was buying new, but recently I got this at a yard sale for diiiirt cheap, and it works great. My previous camcorder was tape, so for me this DVD cam was an upgrade. It's fairly easy to use. I like that each time you record, regardless of length it creates a thumbnail on the screen for easy navigation. It can ALSO be used as a regular digital camera. There's a SD card slot, pop one in, set the dial to SD and start snapping pics.
Summary: I was shopping for an affordable camcorder and really lucked out by winning this auction. I was able to print an owner's manual online and took it to n event that I easily filmed just days after receiving.
Summary: Do not buy this - time has passed this by. It's cheap, because you can do so much more now than you could in 2006. You simply cannot manipulate the videos you take on this - no USB connection to upload to a computer, no software to make changes if you could. Get a miniDV or something more modern. The miniDVD has passed. May it rest in piece.
Summary: THIS WAS A XMAS GIFT FOR MY SON IT WAS A GREAT SIZE FOR HIM TO BE ABLE TO STORE AND TAKE CARE OF! IT WORKS GREAT AND RECORDS RIGHT TO DVD (NOT THOSE GAUDY VCR OR MINI CASSETTES ETC) IT IS,ALSO GREAT FOR STORAGE AND OF COURSE THE PRICE WAS QUITE REASONABLE AS WELL AS A SMALL FRACTION OF WHAT IT WOULD HAVE COST NEW & OR FROM OTHER VENDORS ETC!
Summary: Love the size of this camera. It is a little tuff trying to figure out how to use it. DVD-RW will not work in this camera, and the instructions do not state this. The mini DVDs to fit this camera are very hard to find, and buy. The camera can use a memory card (SD, but it will not record movies with the card, only still shots. Other then that the camera works well, and is a joy to own.
Summary: nice camera very good. recommend for international Bayer's too i am one of them. every thing work fine. but this hasn't the PC connection. so only play the records with the TV. this is a problem.
Summary: I've owned a VDR-m53 for 20 months. I have lost at least 4 event DVDs (birthdays, holiday pageant, vacation) to disk errors even when using the correct media, being incredibly careful with this camera, and following all relevant instructions. According to panasonic my camcorder is in good working condition, and the problems I'm having are due to "bad media".