Summary: I own the previous version of this one (PV-DV 953). This one is improved over 953 on the following: 1. Lighter & smaller, the complaint with 953 was it was a bit heavy. 2. This has improved low light shooting quality compared to 953. Has a HOT SHOE too, can just add a video light.
Summary: About a month ago, pretty much the entire tape transport problem disappeared. Check out the tape transport forum listing at Pana3ccduser.com. I got mine on April fools day and it is the best camcorder ever. Picture quality is amazing, on par with any camcorder up to around $2000.
Summary: Just got mine today and it too has the tape transport problem. Looks like Panasonic is not listening since this one just shipped in from the factory. I have an RMA in progress with the vendor and will update on the status of the replacement.
Summary: Superb cam, picture quality is excellent - so is handling. According to several reports in internet unfortunately large quantity seems to be affected with tape transfer noise, the one I bought too. For more info see [...] Kind Regards, PKa
Summary: Was delighted to recieve this camcorder, after waiting a few months to buy it. However, upon use I found that it was inoperable. The zoom did not work and there was a constant need to "reset" the camcorder.
Summary: Hi, The capacitor on my charger seems to have burst from a power surge. I'm looking for a new charger for the GS400 and I read somewhere that it uses the PV-DAC13 KIT. Does anyone here know about this and any pointers to locating its whereabouts on the net might be helpful.
Summary: If you're looking for a cheap little camera of so-so quality, this is not it. But if you want crisp, clear, vibrant photos, stunning videos, and a solid camera you can rely on, this is the one you've been searching for!