Summary: A real workhorse of a mini DV camera. I have aired (broadcast) many pieces of video shot on this camera! Battery life was low...until I bought a spare (larger) battery. I have had mine for almost 10 years and it still works great!
Summary: I bought one of these Panasonic Palmcorder PV-DV400s in 2000 to do some simple recording around the house, and with its external microphone jack capability, I was able to use this camera for some work recording as well. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of the camera, but about a year ago I started having problems with some serious digital artifacts showing up every time I recorded anything.
Summary: This camera is a great deal for the price. Light enought to be used by anyone. Excellent video quality and if our looking for low-light capability this camera is 'superb'. Also... the sound is very good, and it's very easy to use right out of the box. I would recommend a high-capacity battery but the standard battery will work well for over an hour.
Summary: This camera is:<br> Small enought to take it anywhere<br> Excelent video quality<br> Takes pictures into the MiniDV tape<br> Also... the sound is very great, and it's steady system is one of the best from all the cameras I've been using for the last 5 years. The only bad thing is the original battery, which only holds up to an hour of intense recording. Also the recharging time is a little slow comparing it to a sony or cannon camcorder.
Summary: Great Camera! I did a ton or research on camcorders and this one just delivers the most bang for the buck for a digital. I was looking for quality of image, compactness/light weight, image stabilizer (to stablize the image from my shaky hand). Additional features I was impressed with: You can record in pitch black dark. I love the 'wind cut' switch, which can eliminate the noise in outdoor windy areas (at the cost of minor reduction in bass sounds).
Quality Video Camera w/digital camera w/ near-dark recording
Debra King, Amazon
14 June 2000
Summary: I am very happy with this digital camcorder. We were looking for a small, light-weight recorder that was easy to use and this is exactly that. It takes nice pictures with quality audio and a very nice range on the zoom. THe battery charges quickly-less than an hour. It's easy to transfer the recording onto a VCR tape. I would highly recommend this to anyone including a mom with 4 children in tow, such as myself.