Pros: The picture quality is great outdoors when the sun is shining. Great scene modes with 16x optical zoom. Has a good microphone. Full HD video, kinda - 1080i. Has 16GB of memory. And has o.i.s. which means that it reduces shakiness by a lot.
Cons: When panning around created a lot of motion blur. Taking pictures with this isn't so great. But one thing I really hate about this camcorder is recording in low light. In low light, it is grainy, blurry, and lack of color. If you read the "Exposure contro
Pros: Lightweight, 16G memory about 2hrs recording time[built-in] HD and up to 6hours using a lower setting but still High Definition. Picture quality is excellent, sharp, vibrant colors!! It hooks up to computer and HD TV for the sharpest pictures I've ever se
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: 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: 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). Low light scenes don't do great and don't expect great quality from the still shots and you won't be disappointed.
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.