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: I bought this camera to take videos of my new baby. This is still an entry level camera so obviously there are many limitations. The most noticeable one is the poor quality under low light condition, the image turns grainy (like a high ISO). But under normal conditions it looks great. You should connect it using a hdmi cable in order to notice the quality, the component cable that comes with the unit gives you a not so good image.
Summary: It's really small like other reviews has mentioned. However, it's still OK for me since my hand is not that big. LOL It may lead to some trouble to whose big-hands HAHA. The quality of the recording is good. However, don't ever dream to record anything in the dark night, like the sky in the night, the moon and the stars sth like that. Also, it will warn you not to move very fast when recording. I'm still learning to use it and the PC application.
Summary: This is an awesome camcorder. Takes really nice quality video and is easy to use. However do yourself a favor and buy a good quality memory card, at least 6x. if you have an old card or fake one you will have problems.
Great camcorder for the price. Only problem is not Mac compatible. But overall great buy!
Edward Herrera, Amazon
16 December 2010
Summary: Did a lot of research into HD camcorders under $1000.00. This camcorder seemed to have the best reviews and had a few features that other camcorders seemed to be lacking including an external light for in door recording which doesn't help if the person or object is too far away but helps if you are shooting up close. One thing I did read was people complained about in door shooting being grainy.
Summary: Great little camcorder for capturing life around you. Have been using for 4 months and have no complains. I like how fast it is to start up. Zoom and stabilization is awesome. Low light performance is great. There's is some color temperature variation indoors. Only wish it could record video in progressive mode. Also one thing to be aware of, there's no way to capture video in standard resolution, all videos are HD.
Summary: WHile not a professional camera and I don't know how well it will do in low light, I am very impressed to date. I took it to a marching band day/football game that lasted well past sundown. It worked great I'll post more later when I've had more time with it. For now, buy it with a 32 GB memory card (about $50) and it will hold lots of memories for you.
Summary: I bought this camera as a gift for my husband and so far we love it. The fact that we can purchase a 64 gig memory card means that I don't have to worry about running out of space anytime soon. The camera is so small that we are planning on taking it on vacation without hesitation. The camera is so tiny the battery is probably one of the largest component on the entire thing. My only complaint is the battery life.