Summary: I am by no means an expert on electronics of any kind. I wanted a camera that would be simple and better than average in low light. This camera was simple to use but the quality of the picture was very disapointing. It does terrible in low light and it shakes. It is also quite heavy. I knew it would be heavier than the compact video cameras but I thought that was because of all the extras this camera would provide.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace a PV-GS200 which died in a canoeing accident. It's about twice as heavy and much larger than the GS200, and other than the greater still picture resolution offers no other advantages. I truly wish Panasonic had not killed the former 3CCD camcorder line -- they were excellent, and the new ones are less sophisticated and much less convenient.