Summary: I purchased this camera 3 1/2 years ago. It was fine until the lens cover stopped opening. Luckily I bought a SquareTrade warranty and they repaired it. This year I had to upgrade my Win XP machine. So I upgraded to Win 7. I went on a month long vacation of a lifetime.
Summary: The picture quality is phenomenal....IF you have really good lighting. We've been using this to record our football games under the lights and have had great success in newer fields with spectacularly bright lighting.
Summary: I truly love this camcorder. It takes very good video as well as very good still shots. It is compact and generally easy to use. Like any sophisticated camcorder there is a learning curve in order to obtain the best quality video or stills given the lighting conditions.
Summary: Before this we had a Sony Handycam. It was great overall, but not good in low-light (like say, a living room on Christmas morning). We did months of research and came across this Panasonic. It is WONDERFUL in low-light and pretty much every other light.
Summary: I love this camcorder! Have used it for almost 2 years now. The clarity and zoom is great when recording my family, friends, and kids. The night shots are also very clear, not fuzzy at all like my old camera.
Summary: There might be other cameras out there that work as well, but this one is "perfect". I've filmed countless scenes, trips, weddings, and everybody who watches my short movies always compliment how clear the picture is. It's never let me down.
Summary: Movie quality is wonderful, amazing in low light. Drawbacks are unprotected shutter sticks in a half open position had to manually push it fully open before filming - returned first on after a week. Still problem at times with replacement.
Summary: The video quailty is pretty good. The interface is simple and easy to use. there's tons of features to help out any videographer. The touch screen works great, and gives you more options then just using the buttons on the rear of the body. Its light weight, and fits great in your hand.