Summary: the size is good. the battery makes it seem not so small when it sticking outta the back but i guess you have to have that. i will say that it zooms out plenty but you have to back up to see stuff sometimes. also when you scroll through the menu it takes a while to get to the next section. we live in a fast world! i wasn't happy with that. great camera for the price other then that.
Excerpt: Of the 5 camcorders and video cameras I have used since 1985 the SDR-H200 is by far the easiest and most versatile of all. The ability to use the built in 30gb hardrive or up to a 4gb SD card makes life easy for the videographer. Cards are cheap now and the ease of conversion to DVD is simplified. The lack of a viewfinder is strange but the side viewer is very easy to adapt to. All the controls are easy to get to and the Menu on the view screen is easy to navigate.
Excerpt: There was a sale at the target down the street from my New York apartment.I had been planning a trip to Houston,Texas to visit my friends for the sunner. Since I was in the big city ,I took the subway , I had business in Manhattan, I wanted to document this for everyone to see the vast vast diffrence between the two societies. Target was having a brilliant salle onthere camcorders and I pcked this one up for a steal(around $100).
Excerpt: I've been waiting for a few years to buy a new camera. This one is the one I've been waiting for. It is lightweight, and very small. It doesn't have a viewfinder but I don't think it's needed. I normally use a viewfinder but I don't miss it. The movie quality is very good compared to my other camcorder. The still pictures are also good for the camera which was a surprise to me.
Summary: Used this for a few months then something went bad. Looked up authorized repair shops on Panasonic's website and sent it to one. They look at it and told me it needed a new circuit board but it would take a long time for them to get it so they recommended I send it to Panasonic. They sent it to the factory repair shop for me. Panasonic sent me an email and told me that since it had been opened by an "UNautorized" person they would have to charge me for repair.
Summary: I had it for about three months. No problems what so ever. I just don't like the fact that I need to connect it to a power plug as opoosed to running it on battery when transferring files to the computer.
Great video camera and still picture capability is an added bonus
A. Bibro "Gadget Guy", Amazon
21 February 2008
Summary: Great video camera. Looks HD like on my plasma tv. Pictures are ok. But being able to take them if needed is real nice. I personally think anything under 4.1 megapixel is a little grainy. The Sd card slot is a very nice for added storage. I put in the best 8gb card I could buy. I bought a type 6. I think there is 2, 4, and 6 for transfer rate. I have had this a few months and have only used a few times, but it works great.