Summary: Works great for transferring my videos from minidv to pc. the lighting is a dim in dark indoor areas, and the tape sometimes skipped when recording. I have to rewind and start record a few seconds before the last stop. Overall good for it's price.
Summary: I purchased this camera and returned it after a few days. It is a general overall good camera with nice features. Outside recording and indoor recording with ample light were great. Indoor recording without a lot of lights on produced a grainy picture. Not a bad one , but not as good as my old sony analog 8mm. I was disappointed, but for the price it was an ok camera.
Summary: The Panasonic PV-DV103 is an excellent camera. The image quality is outstanding and it has built in features that most camcorders lack or have to purchase seperatley, such as a light and zoom mic capabilities.
Summary: I purchased this DV Camcorder 13 months ago. Naturally 3 weeks after the warranty expired it shorted out. I will not eject the tape, not record, not play, nothing. I contacted Panasonic who told me, "Your camera needs to be repaired. $249.00 to start the process." Let me be the first to say I'm staying away from Panasonic forever. Terrible camera. Please save your money. PS: Shame on you Panasonic.
Summary: After 6 months of pleasant experience with this DV103, all of a sudden the "Dew Detected" "Eject Tape" warnings popped out, and it wouldn't go away even though the users manual said it would go back to normal operation after the msg was gone. Problem is that it never did. It's still under Panasonic warranty on parts, but the labor will cost $150 to start with, by Panasonic service center in Illinois.
Summary: At first the PVDV103 seemed like the best camcorder. Then after 2 years it started to fall apart. First, the battery had some problems. The battery would charge then after 10 min. of filming, it would show that 1/2 of the battery was dead. It would then quickly go dead. Other times, it would just be fine. Also, the progressive feature sometimes turnes itself off, which can be annoying. I am also not as impressed with the image quality as I was 2 years ago.
Summary: If I could give a rating of 0 I would. I had this camera for about 3.5 months and maybe 30 minutes of recordings. I got the "DEW DETECTED" message and this camera has been useless since then. I would not recommend this camera to anyone. Save your money.
Summary: the "dew detected" sign is another way of Panasonic saying that the camcorder needs "servicing" and that you will have to send it in to be fixed for a price of at least $80. There are TRILLIONS of forums on the lack of reliability of this camcorder.. so DON'T BUY IT.. or any other camcorder from Panasonic.. because they're just unreliable.