Summary: I bought this camera 7 months ago and used it only rarely. (My total recording time was less than 2 hrs.) This week I opened the camera to find out that it is dead. No display, nothing. Called the customer service and they asked me to ship the camera to their Camera Repair company. And the fee for that service: 161.5 Dollars. This is a flat fee according to them, no matter what happens to the camera. I had a Sony 8mm camera for last 8 years and it still works fine.
Summary: You would think that for a $400 plus item that Panasonic would be able to afford a tape, but of course not. And then to compound matters, there is no mention (that I can find) of what tape should be used in the instructions. Of course I only went throught the first 74 pages, it might have been on the last of the seventy five page "manual" Have to go back to Amazon site and do some digging to get the answer.
Summary: I still have not used all the features on this mini cam, but I do have to say it is awesome! Clarity and colors are very good, the photos are good for sharing on line, but for printing them up it is best to use your digital camera that is what it is for. The battery lasts quite long,but I immediatly bought a back up just in case.
Summary: I bought this camcorder about 3 months ago from circuit city. I don't have much complain about it except it stops working in less than one month, and my tape was stuck in it. Circuit city won't return/exchange it because it has past two weeks(lesson: return policy does matter here!) and I have to contact the customer service of Panasonic.