Summary: Camera is great... Smooth zoom, quick auto-focus. Good low-light. If you have the time and computer that excepts firewire this is a great buy. Just know what you are getting into with mini DV. It's a dying breed but for what it is, this is a superb product for the $$.
Summary: I have many grandkids, and we have been making home movies. The grandkids love the time we spend together, and love to watch themselves on the TV after the movie is completed. I had a mini DV camcorder before and it was stolen. This camcorder, though older, still works great. The quality of the video is acceptable, and transfers to the computer with ease. This is the second Panasonic camcorder I have purchased, so the product is worth the price.
Summary: I love the it! It is very small, easy to operate and takes beautiful photos and films. The quality is 99%. A child could run this, point it in the right direction turn it on and you are ready to start to shouting your favourite pictures. The only thing I dislike because it is an older model that it has no memory card so all you have are the DV tapes which are getting harder to buy or find. I bought it for the right price!
Summary: Good camera. Doesn't have a lot of special features but it gets the job done. I've used a DVR camera like this before and so when mine died, I had to buy another. My old one lasted for several years so I trust this new one will last for a good quality amount of time too. It's a big of a bulky camera but I find it has better perspective lens than others I've seen.
Summary: Not a bad camera, especially for the price. I bought this mini-DV camcorder for about $300 brand new about 5 years ago. I bought it to save on playback hours on my DVX100A (fyi: they have the same heads). I use it primarily as a firewire digitizing deck. You can actually get a descent image if you know how to use the manual features and know it's limitations. For people shooting home videos it's easy to use with a basic interface.
Summary: I have been using panasonic camcorders since the last 6 years. I have found the Panasonic pvgs29 to be very impressive. I wanted an economical camcorder that had a high optical zoom (very important - not digital zoom) and this was the right piece. I often use it for family videos and i am impressed with the video quality that this camcorder produces. It comes with a AV cable that i use to connect to TV and watch...awesome clarity in my 1080i TV.