Summary: I had this camera for 7 years. I had bought this camera when it hit the market in 2002-2003. This camera has been in Rain and Shine weather, and has held up to all the elements. It has been thrown around , rained on and still has held up to this very day to everything I put it through! I use this camera now basically for close up videos for wildlife purposes. Some video can be found on [...]. I also had used a Canon GL-2 and a Canon XL2.
Summary: This camera/Camcorder is so easy to use. I am not anywhere near a professional and I could figure this out and have a great time with it. It's perffect for taping the kids indoors and out, and gives the opportunity to take still photos as well! This is extremely easy to hook up to the TV and put onto a video tape or to connect to your PC. Two thumbs up!
Seems great as reviews say, but turns out to be junk
J. Grossman, Amazon
7 June 2006
Summary: Everything billed about this camera that is good, even its seemingly solid construction, is true--when you first get it. Then and quickly the camera breaks, and you discover, and I thought I'd learned my lesson about this from another piece of Panasonic equipment years ago, that Panasonic is simply not a brand to be trusted.
A great value on a solid, no-nonsense Digital Camcorder
Tim Allison "Tim Allison", Amazon
1 January 2004
Summary: This camera is great both for what it is and what it is not. On this model, Panasonic did a nice job of putting it's money and focus into quality video components, not bells & whistles. Many other cameras try to lure you with extraneous features like advanced onboard editing capability, digital still/memory stick photography, remote controls etc..
Summary: I have had this camcorder (my first and only) for nearly a year. It was a great entry to home video. I was very pleased with the picture quality and it is easy to use. I have tried the EIS feature(electronic image stabilization) and it really works and the effect on picture quality is barely noticeable. Editing on a computer with the IEEE1394 interface is fun (and IEEE1394 interface cards for desktop and laptop PCs can be had very cheaply - I bought one for each.
Summary: This digital camera has everything you need. Don't waste your money on those overpriced gadgety cameras, when all you need is something to capture good quality digital video. I've played around with quite a few DV cameras, and almost all of them were impossible to figure out. Too many buttons. This camera only has the necessities. My only complaint about the ergonomics is that the record button could be placed better.
Summary: For an entry level miniDV camcorder, this one Rocks. Easy to use & extremely light. Buy the Pyro firewire card, and you can get great video to your pc. For the price you pay, it doesn't get much better.