Summary: This is my first High Def camcorder and I was excited about using it for spontaneous shoots outside, often in woods or other natural settings, where I don't have a lot of time to fool with settings, so rely heavily on auto-focus. My experience with this camcorder is that the auto-focus is terrible. Earlier Mini-DV camcorders I've owned from Panasonic have worked very well in these spontaneous shoots, but this one is constantly out of focus.
films dark, not Mac friendly, not worth the high price
Da Da Gary, Amazon
8 January 2011
Summary: Now that I've had this camcorder a while I thought I would update my review. I purchased this camcorder for the main purpose of filming my children and burning the home video to DVD to share with grandparents. I use a Mac Pro computer and run Windows 7 via Parallels. This is important to know for a couple reasons: 1. this camcorder comes with proprietary software that runs only on Windows, and 2.