Summary: Length:: 1:25 Mins We have been very happy with this camera. We bought it with a tripod for the explicit purpose of making videos of our son playing the piano. Other cameras we have tried in the past did well on the video, but their built-in microphones were overwhelmed by the power audio of the piano. Such has not been the case with this unit. If I don't mess it up I will attach one of the videos to this review.
Summary: We have used this camcorder for a small art project but mostly for recording sporting events. It is light weight, easy to carry and hold. Sometimes we use a tripod, though, making the record button awkward to use. Occasionally the auto-focus goes a bit crazy. This seems to happen when there is glare or great light contrast in the shot. Also, at time, the color between shots is inconsistent. However, it was very reasonably priced and for our uses has been a good value.
Great at first, but unreliable and terrible warranty support
Matthew Long & Agnès Peillet, Amazon
25 August 2012
Summary: We purchased this camcorder at Christmas present looking forward to planned summer trips to California and Kenya. It sat in the box (we have other cameras) until July and then came for the big trip. It started out great, handy and small with a powerful zoom, and also took surprisingly good still shots.
Summary: This is the first digital camcorder I have owned and I just bought a new one and am getting this ready for the trash. My vacation videos were ruined as I was "panning too fast" apparently and most of the video I shot was not saved. Ok, maybe I'm retarded and filming a bird diving into the ocean is an impossible shot. I've used this to film my cats and the video is always terrible quality, much lower than I would expect.
Summary: After reading many reviews, I chose the Panasonic HDC-SD80K based on size and ease of use. I found the reviews to be very accurate and I'm pleased with my purchase. I use the camera to record students in a presentation skills class, and often travel to the class locations. So size and portability are important. Also, each student receives a copy of their class videos so it was important that I can quickly swap the SD cards without a delay while the card is recognized.
Summary: I bought this camcorder for my vacation in China but it came out to be a total disappointment. After a few uses, the sound became distorted and then turned into total noise after a few more seconds. The picture is OK though. Therefore I could only use it as a camera. Unfortunately I can not return the product bacause I was in China. When I came back to Massachusetts, it turned out that I have passed the time window for return.