Summary: Panasonic has been putting the Leica Dicomar lens on their cameras and camcorders for the last ten years and man it is an awesome lens. The zoom is 16x and can capture terrific up-close detail from as far as 10 feet away. The digital zoom can go farhter but of course it has the grainy look to the video. I assume a 70x Lecia Dicomar must be amazing.
Summary: This is our first video camera purchase and we wanted something affordable with lots of good features. The camera is great, the size is perfect, and it has lots of impressive features. However, if you are going to be using it indoors a lot then forget about this camera. Unless you have fantastically bright lighting then you will have poor image quality.
Summary: This camera is excellent. I had another very new Panasonic with a 50GB HD and a 50 or 60 optical zoom and it was a nice camcorder BUT the 16GB internal and the 16GB SD Card was really more than I needed for storage and so very very easy. You will love the Hi Def when you see it on your computer or TV I'm sure. You won't be disapointed if you get this camera I'm sure. I also should mention that you should look into getting another battery as a backup.
Summary: This is my first HD Camcorder and I was very satisfied with the video quality It is also very user friendly... I was delighted to get a $200 discount on this camcorder... I am yet to explore it more...