Can't convert the Camera's AVCHD format files using a Mac
John Mcconnell, Amazon
26 June 2013
Summary: First of all, the mic gives lousy sound. Also, like most small cameras it does not allow for an external mic, which makes it pretty useless for interviews. Second, I have a Mac and this camera's particular variety of AVCHD formatting is very limited for use on a MAC. The included software is Windows only, and won't work in a "multi boot" environment which means it won't even work on a MAC with a partition running Windows.
Summary: This seems to be a great camera but I am not able to take the videos off it because the software that comes with it is not compatible with Windows 8. Once the camera memory is full we will basically have a useless device unless we delete the videos. It doesn’t take genius to figure out that this is not the reason one buys a camcorder. You want to capture the memories not delete them.
Summary: I bought this camcorder from another online vendor. I have a Panasonic SD9 Camcorder which I purchased in 2008. I was hoping to get a significant upgrade to my older Panasonic SD9 camcorder in terms of image quality. What I discovered it that the image quality of the Panasonic HC-V500k is not as good for day light movies. The SD9 has much higher image quality in day light but isn't as good at low light but the low light image quality of the V500k isn't very good either.
Summary: The software provided in the box doesn't work with Vista or Windows 7. When I contacted their support they said "read the manual". I will be returning it. This was a waste of time. I have had trouble with other Panasonic products in the past...this is is my last. Amazon is OK; Panasonic stinks. Going back to Sony.
Summary: Ich fotografiere hauptsächlich, und vorwiegend in Zoos. Filmen ist nur nebenbei. Da muß es schnell gehen. Denn Tiere warten nicht, bis ich meine Kamera eingestellt habe. Da ist natürlich die Elefantenherde sehr weit weg. Also, schnell mal rangezoomt, und dann? Das Bild wird nicht scharf. Wieder zurück, wieder vor.