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.
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.
Summary: I love this camera. It does very well with any kind of lighting. It also does well with motion, although you do have to set the device to allow it to do so. Even it's function as a digital camera is pretty solid. The software that comes with it is another story. It is not good, intuitive, or flexible. I'll be using something else.
Summary: We originally purchased the SDR-H18, but then we realized that the still photos on the H18 are very low resolution, so we traded up to the SDR-H200. Turns out that the still photos still aren't all that great in quality. Nowhere near the quality of our dedicated compact digital camera. And there is no flash for still photos. So don't get this model thinking that you'll be able to carry only this camera and get good video AND photos in one package.
Summary: I've only used this a bit. I was able to figure out the basic record, zoom, watch, and delete very quickly without opening the manual. Quality was good in mediocre lighting. That was an important factor in choosing this model. I don't know nearly as much as other reviewers, but that was a point that was hammered home to me from them. My best advice for buying a camera is to read a couple 5 star reviews, then read all the 1 star reviews.
Summary: I did quite a bit of looking before I decided on this HDD camera. I was using a Canon Mini-DV camcorder and was tired of the capture process. With the HDD cameras, just plug into USB port and copy it over...and that's it! Also, I love the fact that each "clip" is time tagged so you know exactly when it was taken. Nothing bothered me more about my old mini-dv camcorder that it didn't have the date the video was taken once I captured it.