Summary: I got one a couple of years ago for pro use. 3 times the mini dvd was unformatable and I could not properly transfer my footage. I now need to get something more reliable and regret wasting my money on this. I used verbatim dvds (good quality) and about 10% could not even be recognized.
Summary: If your looking for a HD Camcorder stay away from the AVCHD. I went with straight recommendations and now I'm stuck with video I can't get on any of my computers. I still haven't got a straight answer on how to play the disk except by using the camera itself. I shot a whole vacations full of video only for the camera to keep telling me the disks can't be read. I went to the panasonic site and the link I needed was down.
Summary: I purchased this camera at the very end of July, and briefly turned it on, but due to moving and wedding preparations, we never had much chance to really try it out. I tried to turn it back on about a month later, and found that it didn't work. It would start but then immediately shut off. I contacted Panasonic, and sent it via next day air (The person who helped me initially told me Panasonic would not pay for shipping to the repair center). It was received Spet 7.