Summary: ... So far, the results are quite nice. Camera is easy to use, with simple auto modes for exposure, etc. Menu's are a bit cryptic, but easy to get to learn. Outstanding features: Compatible with Apple's iMove with no drivers needed. Simple and quite operation. Negative Features: Not the best low light useability (although not bad). I definately would reccomend this camera to a friend.
Summary: I just got this about a week ago. It is an excellent camera for the price. There are other cameras that do more, but for most people, most of the time, this camcorder fits the bill. Very light, and easy to use. Most of the buttons are easy to reach, and you quickly get used to where to find the fade, backlight, etc. The menu button and jogger are a little awkward, but I have not found it to be a major problem.
Summary: I wanted to replace my 10 year old VHS-C camera before my kids grew up. I learned from the old camera what features I was looking for: size, weight, battery life, and optics. This PV-DV200 is light and just the right size to be a natural extension of your arm. I carried the camera through Legoland and Disneyland Paris without noticing it, or having it get heavy, or in the way.
Summary: After using this camcorder for the past month, I've concluded that it can't be beat for the price. The image quality is great, although I highly recommend obtaining a color-enhancing light accessory if you plan on recording indoors a lot. The features are good, but the menu to obtain them is a little akward to use at first (well, it still is). The digital-still option is a nice bonus, but the quality of those stills is nothing to write home about.
Summary: The camera is small just like the series PV-DV100. If you get tired of holding the camera so much then this is the answer, it is very light weight and it's near palm size. I will give five stars but the camera has to be a little bit bigger and the screen it's too small to see the people that it's being recorder.
Summary: Purchased PVDV400 in May, and the since the LCD screen is larger, battery only lasts about 25 minutes! Also, the I/R filter for night time recording is pretty useless. Save the $100 and get this model, which I did. Picture is great, and the features are more than enough for the average person. So small, I purchased a regular camera bag, instead of camcorder bag.