Summary: I had been looking for a decent quality HD video camera for a while, but the prices just weren't coming down. Finally I settled on this model and I am happy I did. I wanted the option to have built in memory AND a memory card. For some reason, I just don't trust memory on a camera.
Summary: Mind you, I'm coming to this camcorder as a newbie. My previous camera was still 8mm, so I'm dazzled by the amazing video quality of the HD. I bought this camera to take with me on a ten-day trip to Hawaii. I bought extra batteries and SD cards for additional run time. I needn't have.
Summary: A great camera for the $300 price range! The camera and software are easy to use, the focus is great and the image stabilization helps reduce shaking (it's a small light-weight camera). I also love that it comes with built in memory (it holds a lot and I haven't needed an additional SD card, yet).
Summary: for an entry level hi def vid cam this is one incredible machine.light,portable and excellent features.constantly get comments from friends who watch my videos on how crisp and clear they are-just like they were there too.
Summary: Excellent HD Camorder for the Price..Just got mines for my boys football games and am happy with the overall video and functions. I don't know how negative some reviews are. If you need a hd camcorder and don't wanna spend too much than this is the one for you.
Don't buy Panasonic - worst customer service EVER!
11 November 2010
Summary: Got this for my son for his birthday. A few months later, he slid it off a bedside table (24") onto a carpeted (and padded) floor. Granted, this is not ideal, but I have put many electronics through worse abuse without ill effect.