Summary: intelligent zoom does not mean "auto zoom" i purchased this for a new tripod that follows the armband of the wearer and thought i was purch. a camera that would auto zoom.... seems like that auto tracking might have worked better. so far, it has not been so great in an "Indoor Riding Arena" for horses. I have the backlight turned on and that usually works on most cameras. Maybe if I play with it more?
Summary: My stepdaughter has started to get into videos and I thought this might give her more creativity than the video recorder in her pocket camera. Well, the first thing we discovered is the HD format is in Panasonic's own format and not a universal format like mpeg or mp4. It won't work with PC video editor that comes with your PC. You have to downgrade the resolution to the Apple format, which is somewhere between HD and SD. The camera itself is very small and compact.
Summary: I got this camera from another store and am returning it after a few days (see the Cons for my reasons). Also, Amazon has falsely labelled it as 1080p, but it is really 1080i (Look up what that means if you don't know). Pros: I love all of the features and menu options that this camera provides. It also has a great battery life (due to it not being a touchscreen). It will last all day if you keep the lcd panel closed (to put it into stand-by) when not in use.
Summary: Great little camera. Quality of video was very good for a camcorder at this price point. Compact, ultra lightweight. -Almost too small in my large clumsy hands. But now the camera has developed a nasty bout of hiccups. It's like the image stabilising has gone into some sort of spasm. This happens on screen while I'm filming and during playback. Turning off the anti shake doesn't help so I'm packing it up into its box and returning for repair.
Summary: Bought this Camcorder to take on holiday to Barbados. Very good video quality. However I found the following issues:- 1. The "Record Button" is a little stiff to operate and not in an ideal position. When depressing the button to pause the recording it is difficult not to tilt the camera to the left and downwards, which showed up when the recordings where played back. Because of this, virtually every clip had to be edited on my PC to get rid of this. 2.
Summary: Ideal if you have four inch fingers and a one inch thumb. Anyone else will find it really awkward. The controls are over-complicated and very fiddly for adult hands, don't lose the instruction book as nothing is intuitive. Have taken several stills, but can't find where they are! Probably takes good video if you can work out how to use it. No lens cover so you'll need a case. Memory card also not included, and no clear instruction on what type to get.
Summary: Bought this small HD camcorder for its 37xoptical zoom and its small handy size - mostly for travelling and bird filming. The problem is the small LCD screen and the posibillity to catch a flying bird and keep it within the LCD screen. A view finder could have solved the problem plus keept the camcorder more stabil as you press it against your head (eye). When filming (zooming) the background is melting together (specially small leaves etc.
Summary: За такие деньги можно взять Sony или Samsung у которых достоинств поболе будет, особенно у Sony, у которой нет проблем с качеством при хреновом освещении. Из реальных достоинств - стабилизатор и может быть легендарная панасониковская надёжность (это выяснится только со временем). Пока что буду пользоваться (таки моим минимальным требованиям она удовлетворяет), а как будет возможность сменю на что нить подороже и с более приличной матрицей.
Pros: Исключительно хороший стабилизатор (не дрожит при съёмке с рук на максимальном зуме), 37 кратный оптический зум, широкий угол сьёмки, неплохое качество картинки при хорошем освещении, компактность (на картинке она кажется больше чем есть на самом деле).
Cons: Малое количество настроек, реальное разрешение матрицы 720p, мыльная картинка (чем темнее тем мыльнее), отвратительное качество при хреновом освещении, отсутствует "экономичный" режим сьёмки на пониженном разрешении, зато есть режим HX, который FullHD но на сверхнизком битрейте (результирующее качество картинки ужасающее) и режим iFrame (960×540 25p со сверхвысоким битрейтом, чтобы владельцы Mac могли редактировать в комплектном видеоредакторе MacOS).