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: 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.
Summary: my brother in low have same kind but one sold in japan. the japanese one has built in memory and also you can use SDcard to extend. i like it very much. easy to use, fast start battery works good length, fits in my hand (I have very small hands) and so on. when I was researching somebody said it only works with the soft on cd comes with it on PC and that how it does. tried to move the files from on my computer to out-ternal hard drive but didn't work.
Summary: I have only two issues with this otherwise fine product. One is that I haven't been able to figure out how to disable the automatic face detection feature, resulting in a lot of rubber noses and other facial parts when my seated subjects move around a bit. The other is that the Panasonic HD Writer software assumes that I have only a C: drive; even if I redefine "My Documents" to drive D: (a terabyte), the sofware assumes on putting my videos on my "tiny" 160GB C: drive.
Blink "If you want a vision of the future, im..., Amazon
24 May 2011
Summary: Good camera. Takes outstanding video. The night shots are rather weak but I didn't expect anything in this price range to do well. My biggest gripe is the white balance. In auto it is slow and in manual it takes a few seconds to compare them. Not the most convenient thing if you are trying to grab the camera and take video in an instant.
Summary: I have been researching $500-range camcorders for weeks, reading every review, and watching every "test" clip on YouTube. Major thanks and kudos to all of you who have produced everything I have been reading, watching and listening to as I make my decision. The verdict is that this is definitely the best of breed for the buck. I bought this camera for $350 here on Amazon in March 2011, it is still selling on most other web sites between $500-$700.
Summary: So the camcorder itself is great. It's compact, comes with a real battery, is easy to use and take good pictures. I don't like their software. Side Note: I've paired it with a 16GB Sandisk Class 6 SD card which has worked great and I get about 2 hours at full HD out of it. It's very important you get the right SD card. Not all SD cards can transfer date fast enough to record HD information.
Summary: As of 03/12/2011, I am satisfied with the performance of the camera, but I rate it "4" because, of the battery life and not so good video editing capabilities. Especially, each time you record and pause, it is stored as an individual file which can be edited. I used the camera to record the baby shower of my wife and when I tried putting it on to a media (DVD), the output video is not continuous, you can see the transition of each individual files when mixed.