Summary: I actually really like the camera. It is light and easy to carry around. The quality of the pictures and videos is good. My only complaint was that the quality of the sound is not that great, and unfortunately, this is not the type of camera that you can use an additional microphone with. I bought it to videotape classroom instruction. When I filmed the whole class instruction, it was difficult to hear students' answers. In small group setting, it works very well.
Summary: A reasonably priced camcorder for its features, quality of images, and ease of use. A few minutes of instruction manual reading gets one started on the basics of filming, playing back and downloading files. Be careful about buying extra memory cards for the camera. Not all work, although they are supposed to - even after being formatted to the camera. Choose an extra card that is less expensive first. If it works, move up to cards with more capacity.
"This review is incorrect on camera at least HDC-HS80"
15 May 2011
Pros: I ordered one just hasn't gotten here yet. Definitely need a comment section on the articles. The specs in this article don't even match for basic stuff like optical zoom, or what their version of digital zoom is, if it is effective or not etc. Check pana
Cons: Reviewer didn't do a very good job I have to believe they never had any of these cameras in their possession, which in my opinion makes it impossible to review an item. makes me skeptical about trusting CNET to review anything I may be interested in. will