Summary: This is one of the great value in Prosumer cameras. It has outstanding color with its three ccds. It has all the manual controls that are required in a prosumer camera, including headphone outlet, external mic output, zebra patterns, color bars and the very important audio level control.
Summary: When this camera first came out it was $1500. That put in the bracket to be the best prosumer camcorder of the time. I have used this camera for about 7 months and there is not one thing I did not enjoy about. It has ample screen size, 3CCD's and great color reproduction, a manual focus ring, Progressive Film Mode (which is nice), and so much more.
Summary: After searching for a very long time I came across a review for the panasonic pv-dv953. I read it throughly and at the end decided this was the camera for me. The price was low and the value was high and it made all the other cameras look pathetic in comparision. So I bought it and got it home and instantly knew I had made the right decision. Every single feature you could possibly want with ease of use.