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. The 16gb hard drive is sufficient for all but the most ambitious of users. The battery life is fantastic as well.
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: $212, free shipping, no tax, for a Panasonic HD camcorder? What a deal. Panasonic's legendary reliability, quality and performance is here in spades. Video quality is amazing, the 'corder is so tiny it fits into a pocket, complete editing ability. It would be nice to have a wider wide angle lens, the microphone could be better, no remote control, some features (like fade) cancel every time you turn it off, but for this money, it's unbeatable.
Summary: The last video camera I owned used a small film cassette and a large battery. The Panasonic HDCTM15 (why do they need so many letter/number designators?) is simply in a different ball park. I takes beautiful video, makes up for most of my cinematic shortcomings, is easy to transport and (mostly) easy to use. I got it for around $300, and I can't believe I waited so long to upgrade.
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. I want to have a card available too. The only real problem I have had with this camera is the crappy worthless "video editing" equipment included with the camera.
Summary: Purchased this HD Camcorder to primarily record my sons athletic events. This camera is excellent when it comes to is compact size as well as its video recording quality. There is only one recommendation I would make to anyone purchasing for recording events longer than 1 hour. Purchase an additional battery immediately. The battery life of the stock battery is less than one hour if you are filming continuously.
Summary: Overall, I think that this camera is a good value. The camera records in HD and pictures look good on my HD tv, so it is a step up from an SD camcorder. The 16GB of memory in the camera allows you to record about 2 hours of HD video, you also have the option of recording to SDHC Cards, I have been using Microcenter brand 16Gb cards and have not had any problems. The image stabilization on this camera works really well, I have stopped using a tripod.