Summary: I bought this product after noticing that this was a one of the best sellers in Amazon, i was not dissapointed. It has got everything amateurs and families need to make great videos at home. The controls are well placed and i love all the features.
Summary: So far so good. My only complaint is when I went to bestbuy/Costco to ask about the product they lead me to believe that it was an actual DVD recorder and not recording on tapes. The device is very small and light weight and easy to use. Would recommend...
Summary: I'm updating this comment. Once I received the camera, I found out that it DOES have manual focus. Other than that, Panasonic is rated one of the best in terms of picture quality. I don't find the picture quality as good as our older camera, but it's OK.
Summary: First, for anyone wondering this camcorder is exactly the same as the PV-GS85. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the difference between the two, and according to a Panasonic customer rep, the only difference is that the 85 has a USB cable in the box while the 83 has a blank tape instead.