Summary: When the video camera I bought 5 years ago finally had a circuit breakdown, I first tried to get it repaired through the manufacturer, but the cost was prohibitive. Still, we have enjoyed the camera so much we just wished we had another one. The camera uses tape, but records digitally, so it is easy to plug right in to the computer to capture it on a hard drive, edit, and burn a DVD from footage if we want to. It is just as easy to plug into the TV for playback.
Summary: I bought this camera because it earned Editors' Awards from ... extremely reliable on their reviews. Considering that comparable models from other makers...were priced well above [$], the sub-[$]price was also a significant plus. I've owned this since March and it has delivered fully in every aspect. Very small yet not too small, it is very light and portable.
Summary: I was going on vacation and decided to get a videocam/still camera to record the festivities. After reading reviews from many different sites (epinion, various computer and video mag sites) I decided on the PVDV701. I have used it numerous times for still shots and video without a single glitch. The monitor is bright, the menu system easy to use, and the video quality is great. I have read some complaints about drivers and repairs.
Summary: We researched the Panasonic PV-DV601 and Sony products and ultimately decided on the 701. We love the 3.5" screen, still photo capability, as well as the capability to convert our old 8mm camcorder tapes to digital. The camcorder itself is very light, fits easily in your hand, and the operation buttons are very convienent. Would highly recommend this camcorder to anyone!