Summary: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.