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).
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 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.
Summary: I admit I am quite a loyal customer of Panasonic electronics. I have their HDTV, their excellent FZ50 camera and now their high end standard definition camcorder. I bought the H200 to replace my old miniDV Panasonic camcorder which was showing its age and the advent of big high def Tvs just made the picture quality even worse. With our first child on the way I wanted to capture every moment with good picture quality and the conveniance of a Hard drive format.
Summary: This was my first fully digital camcorder - an upgrade from my compact super VHS. I am very happy with the video quality on this camera. The colors are true and vibrant, both in natural and artificial lighting. Playback on television is a breeze, as is quick copying of scenes to a DVD. I was less than satisfied, however, with the bundled software. I thought I would be able to edit files from this camera using my old ULead VideoStudio 8.0, but no luck.
Summary: EDIT #2: I can no longer recommend this camera. 2-stars. What first was a minor annoyance has become irritating to the point where I wish I had not bought the camera. Panasonic uses their own spin on the MPEG2 format, which means files from their cameras don't always play nice with anything other than their included software, which is BASIC. I have used Pinnacle Studio for years with good results- it can't process the audio in these files properly.