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 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: This is a replacement for my 10 year old Panasonic camcorder so the first thing I noticed is this thing is SMALL, but they are all pretty small compared to my old camcorder. Without going into too much detail I'll just note the things I found much better than I expected and the couple things I am a little disappointed in. I don't have experience with any other new camcorders so I can't say this one is better or worse than any of the other new models.
Summary: Purhased this camera from Amazon for just $ 369. So far have experimented with limited features- just HD filming and still images with the auto mode and macro mode. So far the performance has been impressive and what I like about it is the simplicity of pointing and shooting. The only drawback which I have come across is that whenever I do any indoor shooting the colours suddenly tend to become dull particularly if there is bright light coming from a window on the...
Summary: Before buying this camera from Amazon, I surfed the web, read reviews from everyone who had an opinion, and decided THIS was my camera. Easiest to use camera I have ever owned (from huge shoulder models to this one....a wide variety. Playing back through the camera is simple. Everything works great. BUT...I shoot a lot of our teams basketball games, and need to put those videos on DVDs for the parents.