Summary: We have had this camera for a few years now, and its no longer being made. It works fine and takes an excellent picture, except in poor light, but they all are that way to some extent. There are two items to be aware of. FIrst, the camera stores HD material in the AVCHD format, and this is shared with Sony. But some editing software may not support it, so check your preferred editing software first to ensure that you can work with the files the camera generates.
Summary: I did a lot of reading relative to Camcorders and finally ended with Panasonic HDC-HS9. Since this is my first experience with camcorders, I have bought other Panasonic items thru e-bay and do not have any complaints so far as to their performance, quality and price. At the present I am still reading the manual, going back and forth, page after page in order to sequentially get acquainted with all the features the camera has to offer.
Summary: This is my first handycam and I am very much impressed by its quality. This camcorder has excellent quality, very easy to use features and is very handy to use. Great still image quality. Very easy to install softwares but leaves a lot to be desired for video editing softwares which available only for a few days. The hard disk is enough for a long trip but the battery life does not compete with hard disk storage time.
Summary: I use the cam for short videoclips and stills; mostly outdoors and on a boat fishing. Compact and easy to operate; the 3 second preshoot is invaluable. I just wish they had made it full 1080P 60 FPS. Spare Batteries not available from any retailer near me.
Pros: 3 second prerecord, Comfortable to Operate, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Simple Controls, Versatile
Cons: Can't use 3rd party batts, No local batteries
Summary: Very clear video. Compact and fits perfectly in my hand. The buttons are small and a little "sticky" so it may be difficult for someone with big fingers to operate the menu screen. Battery life seems pretty good. You have to use their software which is not very compatible with my computer so watching and editing the videos on my computer are choppy.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound
Summary: Hey there folks, I've bought the camera on e-bay a few weeks ago. It's awesome!! It satisfies my needs and it has a lot of accessories. It's small compact awesome 3CCD technology. The 60 gig HDD and the SD slot make it easier to transfer the movies via USB 2.0 or card reader ( SD ONLY). The annoying part is the menu button and its left-right, up-down button. IT'S FREAKIN' SMALL!!!