Summary: I purchased a Panasonic PV-DV400 on Memorial Day. This was our first camcorder so we went with Mini-DV since we don't have any exisiting 8mm or analog tapes. The controls are easily learned and fairly intuitive. I had taped about 35 mins. of video and taken a dozen photos on the memory card.
Summary: I bought my camcorder in August, right in time for the birth of my child. I took two hours of video with this camcorder, including about 20 pictures, with 5 pictures from recorded video. I put my camcorder away in a video bag protected from falls and heat etc.