Summary: I never had a camcorder before and choosing one was not easy. This camcorder works great, i like that it has great memory, light weight and has a good mega-pixel. Also it is affordable. I would recommend this camcorder to use for all your special moments.
Summary: where would I start. as for the camcorder it is very easy with operations (read the manual) and the picture (film) quality is worth more then the cost of the camera. can buy extra backup batterie's (ebay) at a very reasonable price as well as filters. the attachments are large with what can be used on the camcorder, wide angle & telephoto lenses & a simple 12.00$ lens hood (ebay) will help make shooting creative & fun for anyone.
Summary: I've had this for over a year. I believe the increase in COLOR quality with the 3mos system (read up on that) is really the biggest asset of this HD camcorder. It splits the color into 3 components and the results are excellent color for the video. I rated battery life high because I bought an original panasonic 2.5 hour battery from a hong kong seller for $32. Original battery is about 90 minutes if you don't do a lot of viewing of what you just shot.
Summary: In one short sentence, this quality of this camcorder's video is the best I have ever seen at this price point. The Leica zoom lens is very clear and sharp. I prefer hard drive-based camcorder because of its high capacity and speed. These days, many digital cameras can also shoot video, but there are some limitations. First, you may need to buy memory cards that are rated Class 6 or better, which are pretty expensive.
Summary: I bought this camcorder for my father, after some extensive research on camcorders this one seemed to be the best bang for the buck. I was considering some Sonys and Cannons, but in the end this Panasonic beat the rest in terms of price and features. For comparison, my aunt bought the Sony camcorder I was considering, and I am glad I didn't go with Sony. The UI was dreadful compared to the Panasonic, and the video quality was noticeably worse.
Summary: This product works great. Good enough zoom and picture quality is great with good lighting. I like the software to burn dvds that comes with it as well. I would recommend this product to any of my friends.