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.
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. Pro - Everything Panasonic HDCTM15 offers(high definition, 1080p) accept 1. Cons - Need an extra battery for back-up.
Don't buy Panasonic - worst customer service EVER!
31 August 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. In this case, the camcorder quit working, and the service debacle began. Trust me - this is the condensed version of the worst customer service experience I've ever had.
Okay HD motion video - you could probably buy better though
Subman "Subman", Amazon
22 August 2010
Summary: Bought this to use as a higher quality option to my HD Flip video for a canoe trip to the Canadian boundary waters. Not a bad camera, once I figured out how to use Pinnacle Studio 14 Battery life is okay - lasted 5 days with light use, about 1 hour of video. Images blur when panning. Be careful with your video editing software - it will render it with interlacing lines which can look horrible if you are not careful.