Summary: This is a superior film camera. I have a Canon 7D with HD shooting capability and many lenses, but focusing is always an issue and a concern in it. As you shoot in the 7D, you must monitor the focusing as you get closer or farther from your subject. With this Panasonic camera, you have manual and auto modes for those can't-miss-shots. Also, a couple of zoom assist buttons.
Summary: If we ignore the price, this camera is not half bad. You can shoot ok looking video, it's lightweight, very customizable and user friendly. All that being said, it is impossible to ignore the price tag. This thing is just way over priced. You can buy a very nice SLR for around $1,000 and the video quality will be infinitely better, not to mention the P2 not give the ability to change your lens and the audio is pretty dirty.
Summary: Perhaps the greatest testament to this camera is the fact that it came out over 4 years ago and still gets excellent reviews today. Look at how many people are still buying it despite newer successors! I had eagerly watched the AG AC130/160 and HPX250 since their original press releases and was planning on getting them because they looked great on paper. But my company shoots everything from car chases, sports, dance recitals to weddings and everything in-between.
Solid Camera: Especially If You Know What You Are Doing
G. Fahnestock, Amazon
21 September 2012
Summary: No More DV tapes. Don't worry about losing timecodes. It doesn't matter. I love this camera. Far superior to the Canon A1. One note though: If you have a MAC and you use Final Cut, you will not be happy. If your computer recognizes the video files, you will have ridiculous rendering times. I roll PC and Adobe Premiere; they love my video files. Zero rendering.
Summary: OMG, words can't express how happy and satisfied I'm with my order. I'm a professional video and photographer and to be able to finally purchased this broadcast video camera for the price is breath taking. I purchased my HMC 150 video camera on the Wednesday morning with free shipping and I received my order on Thursday morning. No one can beat that deal.
Summary: I've used this camera to produce several paid pieces of work, including 2 commercials aired in HD. Local station manager was very impressed that the work was done with just one camera and one person. The colors that this thing can produce are amazing... At the end of this post there's a link to a clip that I made of my neighbor taking his dog (boxer) for a ride on his Harley. No color editing of any kind done in post, this is raw from the camera.
Summary: This piece of equipment is amazing! I do a lot of industrial video and photography. While I would not recommend this, I have had oil, water, and mud on this camera (not by choice, of course) and it has kept on going!! I absolutely love the use of the SD cards and the HD capabilities...as a matter of fact, I capture everything in HD and save out accordingly in post production what the client wants.
Summary: Much has been said, but I'll add a bit. We use this camera for live events and produced videos. Here's what we've learned in 6 months. 1) Buy the 150. We also have the 40 which does what the 150 does, but for pro use, the features are slow and cumbersome to access on the HMC40. 2) Great if you use Adobe Premier C6. Not so much if you use Final Cut Pro 7. We have both. Premier is native to AVCHD. With Final Cut, the transcoding is almost worse than tape ingestion.
Summary: I'm not going to bother going over the pros and cons in their entirety... I second everything that the other reviewers are saying. This truly is a great option if you are looking to step up to tapeless HD... One concern I had when looking to buy was rendering the codec, I have a fairly new mid-high end Dell laptop that handles the AVCHD codec just fine when editing with CS5 Premier PRO. First Impressions: This camera is very light!