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.
A preliminary review, and comparison to the Sony HDR-CX110
S. Epstein, Amazon
9 October 2010
Summary: I first purchased the Sony HDR-CX110, in the same price/feature class as this Panasonic. If you are considering each camera, here's what I can tell you. Be forewarned that I have only had today to play with the Panasonic, and I have only used each model in Automatic mode. I will post updates if I discover anything significant: SONY HDR-CX110: Wins: +Size - the Sony is much smaller, easily fitting into my cargo/tactical pants pockets; +Image quality - the Sony has much...
Great video camera but poor software and zero service
17 October 2010
Summary: I'm new to video so was attracted to this camera's price and claimed simplicity. The camera does everything and more besides. I can't fault it. However the supplied software will not burn DVDs. Perhaps the problem is with my PC but a brand new HP Pavilion dv7 3112sa running Windows 7 ought to be OK. It certainly exceeds the spec required by Panasonic.
Summary: My review of the Panasonic SD60 is based on a price of £350. The camcorder was purchased to record high quality video and capture still photos all in one device (rather than carrying both digital camera and camcorder around). Overall, it seems to be a good product. For me, there are two primary weaknesses: - Low-light recording is not particularly good. Video and photos can look grainy. - The still photo mode is not impressive.