Summary: I tried various normal camcorders as well as the upright versions and I opted to buy an upright type. I had originally looked at the Sanyo range and then realised they had been bought out by Panasonic who brought out their own range.
Summary: Swift delivery, arriving the next day after order placed. Having used the camera for a few weeks, I am very happy with my purchase. Overall quality of both video and stills is very acceptable. I basically wanted a dual camera for holidays, one that was preferably waterproof too.
Summary: Early impressions of the Camcorder are excellent. Although it's actually water proof I just wanted it to be rain proof. It's easy to use but I find the buttons to record and take stills not ideal being above your thumb.
Summary: I was looking for a decent stills camera for my hols, saw this on one of those TV gadget shows and thought it would be ideal. Initially, I didn't realize it was predominantly a video camera, but my main want was something that worked well underwater as I wanted to take photo's while snorkelling.
Summary: I have used this camera whilst wet canyoning. It has handled extremes of temperatures and jumping from as high as 18 meters into water (handled the jump better than I did). It has been just fine, doing what was asked of it.
Summary: Delivered on time this camera is easy to use with excellent features. I have only two reservations/niggles, one is that zoom speed is not adjustable and the other is the button for stills is awkward to operate.
Summary: This is a great little camera which has a lot of functions and produces good quality video and images for the money. The only downside are the menu controls which can be a bit fiddly but this is a by product of the fact that they have been designed to be waterproof.
Summary: BE AWARE THAT THIS CAMCORDER ONLY RECORDS IN THE US FORMAT NTSC! This results in a degradation of video quality when watching the footage on our PAL-formatted TVs here in the UK. Panasonic and Amazon don't say that in their specifications and technical details here on the product site.