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. When I returned home I loaded the videos onto my computer and they will not play. Is it a Panasonic problem or a Microsoft problem? Well, actually it's my problem. The camera is no good to me anymore.
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. When playing at a field with adequate lighting, the picture can be beautiful one minute and the next it's almost black and white. It's awful when that happens multiple times throughout a game.
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. For the most part I use the automatic setting but am starting to experiment with manual settings. For most people though you can just pick this up an shoot and get very good results.
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. Another reason we got it is the higher video quality and the "future" of video, going to AVCHD. The only complaint we have is that this is not nearly as user-friendly as the Sony.
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. The size is also small, compact, and lightweight and easy to carry around stuffed in my purse or cargo pockets! Love, love, love!!!
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. The 1500x digital zoom is simply amazing and I've had fun with it zooming in on distant buildings, objects and people. I've even stopped using my telescope to observe the moon...
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. Also, must charge battery while attached to camera via cables to wall outlet. Cannot charge one while another battery is in use. My cable lost and replacement not available from Panasonic.
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.