Summary: It was 2013 when I bought this camera so it's pretty much obsolete, however I was a new video student at the time and needed something to learn and practice on that was relatively inexpensive. This camera delivers full 1080p AVCHD picture quality and has manual exposure settings and full manual controls via a joystick on the side. For anyone looking to learn videography on a budget this camera is a great route to go.
Summary: This is my first digital camcorder purchase. I was lucky enough to get it at a huge discount when Circuit City (sorry amazon) was closing its doors. After using it on a road trip: outdoors, indoors, in a moving car, in a cave - I would have gladly paid full price. The software that comes with the camcorder leaves much to be desired. I use Pinnacle Studio 12 Ultimate and it works great. The movies and pictures that I have captured have been nothing short of excellent.
Summary: This arrived just in time to take to a Robotic Competition our son was in with a team from school. We had one day to learn how to use it. That was no problem, as this camera was easy to use. It has a lot of functions, but it also recommends which to use, and how to. For example, when using it to video the family building an igloo in the snow, it recommended using "smart contrast" and with a display on the screen, told me how to do that.
Summary: Bought this camera when it was freshly on the market. Took something of a punt with it, but on paper it looked to be what I needed. My need was a device that could reliably capture the arrival of my 1st child. After having used it for over a year, I can honestly say that it hasn't let me down once. The picture quality, the sound quality and the ease of use, have all lived up to or exceeded expectations.
Summary: Easy to use to record pictures or video. Video of high quality even if converted to MPEG 2 format. Only concern is that the free editing software included is not real user friendly, but a free trial of a more advanced software is included...
Summary: HI purchased this camera, great picture quality when light is good, also you need to move it slowly. AVCHD editing software needs to be purchased separately, overall all a lot of bang for the buck
Summary: This has one of the best picture qualities ever with the three CCD's on it. I love using it and have recorded numerous shots just with the one 60 Gig hard drive on it even though you can add a memory chip to it. The battery last a long time as well. I would have added a mic input to it though then it would have been perfect for the novice film maker. However, the sound quality of the camera is great. I would buy this product again. Also, they have great customer service.
Summary: I researched many HD video cameras and was very happy with this one! I wanted the latest technology and a great picture. The picture quality is fantastic! Just make sure to use the image stabilizer or the video may be a little shaky.