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: If I could, I would give this camcorder a 0 of 5. Since I now have to search for a new camcorder, from reading other Panasonic model reviews, I am convinced I did not just get a lemon, but the Panasonic brand is bad. We bought this camcorder 18 months ago at the birth of our son.
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.