Summary: I have owned this camera for several years and for it's size and cost (about $350 when it was a new current model) it has performed well. The viewfinder has been a problem - I broke the screen on one but the other one just faded to black one day and I personally cannot shoot with the eyepiece.
There are Vista versions of the packages software there. Also the included USB cable is all you need (so its actually better than using XP). I have tested this and the MotionDV software does allow you to send video to the Vista machine and save it.
Summary: Choose this camera if you want quite good picture quality but don't care about extra features.
(I've owned this camera for six months and use it fairly regularly.)
The Leica lens and the 3 CCD's are normally in much more expensive cameras (often called "prosumer")
The picture quality really does...
Summary: I bought this camera for two purposes: 1) to replace an older VHS camera and 2) to use for converting my VHS tapes to DVD's. I give it 4-1/2 stars for #1 and 0 stars for #2. (In my research before buying the camera, I managed to miss the fact that the GS320 does not have AV input, so can't be used...
Summary: I bought this to replace a VHS-C camcorder I had for years (which was much simpler to go from high quality VHS-C to VHS). The included software is good for editing and burning with smaller video clips with little or no compression or if you don't mind lower quality dvds with larger movies.
Pros: This camcorder makes beautiful videos and good pictures. Great for family events. I love the overall smal size and functionality of this camcorder. Very easy to use (for basic operations). Lot's of features - just be sure to read the manual.
Cons: Included software is not the greatest to go from a larger size miniDV file to DVD in good quality. If you want a higher quality (i.e. a movie the size of 1 mini dv to fit on 1 dvd), good luck as a 90 minute miniDV in high quality records as .AVI and is about 18-19 GBs! It took me a very frustrati...
Summary: Died after one month. You get what you pay for. Lost several hours of video - the camera was messed up. Didn't find out until we played the tape back. UGH! This was for a teen camp video project. Very disappointed. Wish there was a way to ensure that used equipment is in good condition.
Summary: It very nice. Just don't bang it or give it a shock. The stabilization goes out. Will cost more to fix than a new camera. It was in my hand when it was bumped and the stabilization no longer worked.