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 paltry 1 lb. According to my scale -- the camera weighs at least 13 lbs. With battery we're talking 12 - 15 lbs. CNET's review seems to agree with my scale.
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.
Pros: + 3 CMOS sensors an excellent job at color accuracy, + Exposure controls are easy to adjust, + Zoom works great, + 30 FPS makes motion look very good, + Motion stabilization is astounding! The hybrid stabilization is wonderful, + Wind filter works great
Cons: - Lack of accurate auto color balance, - Poor auto exposure
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. I haven't tried taking any photos, so I have no comment on that functionality. I'll focus my feedback on the Apple Mac issue.
Summary: I've been out of the camcorder game for some time so my view of a great camcorder may be a bit skewed, the image quality on IA mode and 1080/60p is quite good, and plays back very well on an HDTV. I had no issues importing the videos to Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.5 for editing and compilation. The controls are fairly easy to navigate and the touchscreen is responsive and easy to use, the included stylus is helpful but not necessary.
Summary: I like that it has no hard drive and does 60fps 1080p. The video quality of this camera is just incredible. I love the HD this camera records and I am picky. Glad I went HD to record those moments forever and watch them in their glory on my 64" Sony HDTV. Photos in good light look great, but low lighting produces purple tone to image and is a bit blurry, but hey I bought it for its video not photos. Image stabilization works great, best I have had on a Camera.
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. I previously had a Canon Elura 90 DV tape standard definition camcorder. I had had it with the tapes and wanted to record family videos in HD, even though we don't yet have an HDTV.
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. Color Quality: The 3 CMOS sensors (3MOS they call it) does an excellent job at color accuracy.