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: 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: 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.