Summary: We recently took this on holiday with us. The quality of the images is very good, particularly in 1080p. The only problem is that they intend you to playback on the camcorder as the files are generally not recognised on other devices. That is a problem if you intend to edit etc. Why they cannot stick to one consistent file type on all devices across manufacturers is beyond me.
Summary: I am please with it overall, it fits nicely into a coat/trouser pocket. The disk that comes with it takes some getting used to and downloading video files takes a time as they have to be converter first. Best done via camera which cut down transfer time. Wind noise can be a problem and there is no way to cover the mic although there is a built in program to reduce it.
Pros: excellent video quality for me TV standard
Cons: connecting to external DVD writer which has to be mains powered, hard to find
Summary: This is another fine camcorder from Panasonic. Excellent build quality,easy to use etc. BUT sadly let down by the TERRIBLE software included with it...HD Writer AE 2.1. For instance..and forgive me if I am doing something wrong.. all I wanted to do this evening was to transfer a few minutes of video I shot yesterday from the camcorder to my PC. BUT HD Writer is telling me before I can do this it needs to 'register' my photos !! I've got 1,000's !!!