Summary: I've had this camera for a while now (mostly used for family events), but will start shooting web videos with it in a few weeks. It is worth noting if you are looking to buy a stedicam for it (like the flycam) pay no attention to the Panasonic website or literature that pegs the camera's weight at a...
Summary: I'm not a prof. videographer by any means. Coming from using a Sony Mini-DVD camcorder from about 3.5 years ago, this is a fantastic upgrade! With that disclosure, I'm very happy with it so far. The clarity is amazing and general ease of use is great.
Summary: I had no intention of buying a camcorder over $450, however, after viewing test videos on youtube, I was sold on this one. Video from this camera is STUNNING. Some lower priced camcorders have very decent video as well, but lack something that this one has.
Summary: I have worked in television for 21 years and now produce video for a public agency. I purchased the HDC-SD800 because Panasonic eliminated all the useless frills on the higher-priced models. This camera has the same lens, MOS chip, and useful features needed, but at a much lower price.
Summary: The Quality of the picture is excellent. My Largest disappointment was that there is no audio input, so I can connect my wireless microphone to the camera. I will have to record to an audio recording device and then go to all the bother of synching the audio and video in post production.
Summary: I had been waiting a long time to find a camera with high visual fidelity without all of the consumer oriented junk that comes with most home cameras, and this is it. I will go from the most annoying problems/features, and move up from there.