Summary: I've never owned a camcorder before, so I have nothing to compare this to. But, it's been an overall good experience for me. The "quick start" in the manual had me shooting movies and stills in no time.
Summary: I have had this video cam for over a year. The picture clarity is the best and it is extremely easy to use. I have had the still pictures developed at Costco/Walmart and they rival any good digital camera. I have created many a family movie with Microsoft's free movie maker software.
3CCDs, great optical stabilizer, and the price is right!
13 September 2003
Summary: panasonic has a winner in the PVDV953 camcorder. it has 3CCDs and takes incredible video. at a list price of less than fifteen hundred bucks, this is an incredible value. comparable 3CCD camcorders from sony are at least five hundred bucks more.
Summary: Rishibh is incorrect: Like most if not all DV camcorders, this one has an IEEE-1394 interface to download movies to your PC. In addition, you can store MPEG-4 video on the data card, and use the unit as a webcam.
Buy this cam instead; the TRV950 is a total waste.
24 May 2003
Summary: I've been using the MX5000 (the Japanese version of the DV953)over a year, and I can assure you that this cam is a huge bargain. You can get one for $1100 or less (even cheaper than the 1CCD TRV80), and you know what?