Summary: While this is an older model as far as camcorders goes, it takes pretty decent videos. I bought it to record videos for a college course. If I were buying to actually record home movies or things I wanted to keep for a period of time, I probably would have invested more money in purchasing an HD camera.The problem lies in trying to get the videos from the camera to your pc.
Summary: The Panasonic SDR-H40 is a nice little camera with decent image quality, but getting the video off from the camera to your computer is big pain! I bought the HDD camera just so I could download video to my computer and share it easily. First, you cannot download the video unless the AC adapter is hooked to the camera. Which means, transferring video when you are on the road is out of the question. Second, the video files are viewable only from the Panasonic software.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder after reading lot of positive reviews but returned it back after three days. I took lot of videos on a sunny day. When I looked at those video on my computer, the videos appeared as if they were taken in less light. There was not enough background light in the video.
Summary: I bought this camera after checking it out on consumer reports. It is easy to use, and the video turned out well. We watched it on the camera and plugged into our tv. The problem is that the software is incompatible with all 4 of our PCs. (I've tried each one.) We can download the videos, but then can only hear the sound--no pictures. The manual appears to suggest that it only works with Vista, but we're not planning to update to Vista.
Summary: I bought this camcorder over a year ago. I had previously used an ordinary non-digital camcorder for several years, but decided to change to one which is lighter to carry about. I assumed it would be as easy or easier to use. I used it on a cruise holiday, and although I had no problems actually filming, the difficulty was when I wanted to transfer the film to a disc. The software cd that came with it had an instruction manual of 95 pages to be downloaded.
Schöner Camcorder - aber nichts für 16:9 Aufnahmen!
18 June 2008
Summary: Leider betreibt Panasonic mit diesem eigentlich wirklich schönen Camcorder Kunden-Täuschung. Bei der Produktbeschreibung wird ausdrücklich beworben, dass alles im 16:9 Format aufgezeichnet wird. Leider ist der CCD-Sensor aber wohl doch für 4:3-Aufnahmen ausgelegt, so dass bei 16:9-Aufnahmen einfach oben und unten etwas abgeschnitten wird, was natürlich die Bildqualität enorm verschlechtert, da so im 16:9-Modus trotz viel größerer Bildfläche weniger Pixel zur Verfügung...