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'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".
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. It has had problems from the beginning. First, I could not finalize the disk.