Summary: I have used this camera for about five years now and absolutely love it. I take pictures of far away objects with the movie zoomer and they look as if I were really close to them. The pictures and videos are easy to put on the computer and look fabulous.
Summary: I have had this camcorder for several years. The software has never worked. I have called, no one cares. The files are not compatible with anything out there. So, I have never been able to get my files edited or onto a CD for viewing. Only way I can see them is on the camcorder.
Summary: I got this camera for my birthday 3 years ago. I wish I had taken it back to the store immediately after the first time I downloaded a video. I shot a LOT of video before I downloaded anything, thanks to the large hard drive.
Summary: The video software that comes with it ONLY works with outdated computer operating systems...and Panasonic is NOT providing an upgraded version of the software. I purchased this camera 2 years ago for $600 and now have 2 years of video TRAPPED on it. The tech.
Summary: I bought this camcorder for my wife for Christmas in 2008 to replace an old tape-based camcorder than was 5 years old. This one is much smaller (fits perfectly in an adult-sized hand) and represents a good value for the money.
Summary: I did a lot of research before purchasing this particular videocam. Our goal was to film diving: 1) indoors (under harsh lighting) and 2) from a distance (from the bleachers past the width of an olympic pool). The extent of the zoom and quality of the video are excellent.