Summary: I just got my PV-51 out of storage to shot some video off the end of a runway while I was landing and taking off. I had forgotten what nice video it takes, even when compared to a non-tape HD cam. The only issues I have with this camera are the forementioned weak strap attachment.
Summary: I am using this camcorder for last 2 and half year (well, I don't use it much). And for some time facing the problem of picture geting split into several small rectangular squares, which is very difficult to watch.
Summary: I bought Panasonic PVDV51D camcorder about 5 months ago and it is already giving several problems. The picture gets split into several small rectangular squares and it is very difficult to watch it.
Summary: To tranfer video to a PC you need a Firewire port on the PC(I use the one on my sound card) and a firewire cable. I got the cable at Circuit City when I bought the camera. If you have Windows XP, Movie Maker will open by default when you connect the camera.
Summary: As a beginner of camcording, I reviewed all the many cameras on the market and decided to purchase this one for its ease of use, size for traveling, and clarity of recording. I have never owned a camcorder and after one day of testing, I feel very comfortable at recording and playback.
Summary: The PV-DV51 has pretty good picture quality, but the built in mic is pretty (bad), no mic jack either. Menu button is almost impossible to access during use if you have normal-sized fingers. Good cheap digital cam but I'm returning mine to get a Canon
Summary: There are a lot of pluses and a few minuses for the DV51. The biggest plus is you're getting all the video quality of a much more expensive camera like the DV601. The 680,000 pixel CCD is a big part of that.
Summary: I like it mainly due to its built-in digital camera which I have 2 in 1 without carrying camcorder and digital camera at the same but you can not switch from taking video to taking picture at the same time.