Summary: It's just so, so. The biggest shortcoming is the absence of a microphone out connection. The electronic mic only works under certain conditions and offeres too little control. You are subject to getting unusable video with this camera.
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: I had a specific use for a High Definition video camera, but didn't want to pay an exhorbitant price. I also found great reviews on the Panasonic cameras, and this one was no exception. I must admit that I haven't had a chance to really try it out as I had intended, as my project that I bought it for, primarily, sort of got "put on hold" for the moment. What pictures I have taken though, look really good, and the ZOOM is really nice and easy to use.
Summary: Bought this camcorder to record family functions and vacations. Camcorder was easy to use right out of the box. It has a yellow box in the screen that moves with the person you filming to help you keep things centered. It also tells you, on screen, if you are moving the camera to fast.Control buttons are easy to use. If you have real meaty fingers, might be an issue. On screen controls are sweet !!! Zoom is awesome!!
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.