WORST product I've ever purchased - not exaggerating
Val "Val72484", Amazon
22 January 2012
Summary: UPDATE: If I could give this product negative stars I would. As you can see from my original review (see below) things did not start off smoothly, and before a month had passed this piece-of-you-know-what stopped working all together. This led me to a fun game of call-Amazon, call-Panasonic, complain, get ignored, "oh call this number instead".
Summary: After few days of use (with maximum care) the front lens started to show some scratches and damaged areas; in a couple of week all the lens coating was completely destroyed and the cam became unusable. I would like to point out that I am a photographer since 1970 and I know quite well how to handle a lens! I have found on the web similar experience from other users.
Cheap Construction, Unreliable, and Warranty Short
Florida TechGuy, Amazon
16 July 2011
Summary: Cons: The quality of construction and reliability of the Panasonic TA-1 Ultrathin HD Pocket Camcorder are poor and not worth the investment. The quality of this device does feel and look cheap. The shell is flimsy. The buttons have painted labels that will wear off quickly. The USB slide bar is difficult move, and I felt the slide was going to break after applying pressure before the USB connector deployed. The device ceased to function after a week of normal use.
Summary: This camera has been grossly mis-represented as a rival for the Flip. No matter how large a memory card you buy, the camera only records for 30 minutes! If you are a performer like myself and want to record for longer periods of time, you better have someone there to press record every time this piece of crap camera stops and turns itself off!
Summary: Since I posted this, the camera crashed. It isn't recognized by my PC, and the battery won't hold a charge. I'm amazed at this product in two ways. First, I'm surprised that such a small device can take such great photos and video. It's the size of a credit card. But, second, I'm astounded that Panasonic would build a case that is so flimsy. I feel like I'm going to break it if I squeeze too hard on it.
Summary: Bought this camera and six months later it just stop working. Panasonic wants $45 for a diagnostics or $275.01 to repair it. The camera only cost $80 rightnow although i paid $180 for it. Make sure you get the extended warranty because Panasonic warranty will end up costing X4 what the camera is worth. Better yet just don't buy it. The camera is made of cheap plastics. The camera had good quality video but a terrible zoom feature.
Summary: I purchased this device and an Flip HD on the same day. Gave one to my daughter, kept this one. She has no problems. I have had nothing but problems, with no response from two contacts to Panasonic Technical Support. Yeah, this is terrible. WHy open tickets on their site if they are just ignored?!? Day one, Broken USB slide tab on first use. The USB slider broke and the USB will not expose itself for plugging in to a PC.
Summary: I was excited once I unpackaged this camcorder, but with further inspection and a test video once I received the sd card, not impressed. Playback volume is horrible. The battery/sd card cover kept sliding down; does not lock in place. The look is nice, but that's it. Returning for a refund.
Summary: After few days of use, the front lens started to show scratches and damaged areas, despite the fact that I treated the cam with maximum care. In a couple of weeks the anti-glare layer of the lens was completely destroyed, with a fog-like effect. I have found users on the web with similar experience and I contacted Panasonic (here, in Italy)..... they did not accepted to apply warranty and asked for the repair a sum that is more than 50% of the new cam.