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.
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.
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.