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'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.