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: 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: I've bought this camera about a year ago and I am very happy with it. The batery charges fast and lasts long, the movies are good in quality (clear, not blured, the colors come out exactly the same) and the camera is light enough. The only problem I've had so far is that you cannot record in the dark - the movie comes out darker than it seemed and you can hardly see anything. Otherwise I am more than happy with the camera.
Summary: It does not have any USB connectivity. There is no way to hook this up to your computer except through the TV type of hookups. Other than that it works great. You need a software to convert the DVD to something els to be able to edit it on your computer though (to edit movie and make copies) I like that it write direct to DVD so if you don't want to edit it, there is no need to bother with the computer. Be aware it only works with certain types of DVD's.
Summary: I just bought this camcorder and am not a good reader of manuals. I had it recording in a matter of minutes. You do have to format the mini dvds, but that is easy to find in the manual. The quality of the recording looked great on my computer screen. I bought office depot mini dvds and they worked fine, for the great price. This Panasonic is great and recording straight to mini dvds is a wonderful idea.