Summary: Camera wont boot turn on or do any thing after it literally rolled off my leg in in some dirt. Not rugged at all there should be a reset or some thing to get it going again but i cant find any thing on it. it was like 6 months after i bought it so no warranty i just wish i hadn't bought the bigger battery and extras for it i am out a lot of cash for the few times i got to use it. I wish there was some where i could send it but they aren't worth sinking more money into.
Summary: I have had this camera for about a year, and almost took it back within 30 days of purchase. (I should have done it!) This is a reasonably good camera, but when you want to save the videos to your PC, you must use their special software since they are not compatible without that conversion software. The software was a huge, cumbersome kluge of stuff that i really did not like, but it eventually worked. That is when i thought of taking it back.
Summary: Where do I start? DON'T BUY THIS CAMCORDER. The video quality reminds me of our video camera from the '80's. Seriously, my wife's digital camera takes better video. So, it doesn't matter what "features" come with the camera. Oooo, now it's soft and grainy, dark and grainy, zoomed in and grainy, grainy and grainy. I'm going to be honest, this is my first camcorder. But, do they all come with 900 cords?
Sound died after second use, and Customer Service could care less
A. Bell, Amazon
20 February 2010
Summary: We bought the Panasonic SDR-H80 just before our baby was born in late October. We tested it once before she was born, and then used it once in the hospital for a few minutes -- it seemed reasonably easy to use, and the picture and sound were okay. A few days later, on the third use, we noticed that the sound quit after about five seconds of recording -- it would start okay, but then it would just go mute, every time.
Summary: I am extremely disappointed with this camera. Its nice looking, light weight and seems easy to use, but none of that matters when the video quality is so terrible. Others have said that their cameras takes better quality video. I agree. The quality of video recorded on this thing is a joke!
Summary: Got this camera today, havent messed with it much, but the video quality is atrocious. I wanted to upgrade my old video camera from 2003. But this camera actually takes worse pictures. It even takes worse videos then my cell phone. I got this camera for xmas from my mom, and the lady at Bestbuy who sold it to my mom told her that it was a HD camera, but its not. She thought HDD meant HD!
Summary: I buy a camcorder for one reason only--video quality. All the other features are really just pointless. I want to be able to take clear crisp images of my family--this camcorder does not fit that bill. I am returning it. The quality even on the highest quality setting was terrible. I feel bad for anyone suffering through watching video made with this piece of junk. If you are reading this before you buy---save yourself the headache and move onto a different camcorder.
Summary: I am going to keep it short and sweet. I bought the SDR-H80 and it had TERRIBLE picture quality (like many other reviews have stated). I am not a technical whiz who is expecting high definition, but the picture quality is so poor I took it back. Who cares if it has 70 optical zoom if at no zoom it can't take a basic clear shot?! In all honesty it felt like it was only a slight step up from a mobile phone camera.
Summary: I purched this product from Amazon, of which I have never had a problem and do not anticipate return of this product to be a problem. I just received it, read all directions and proceded to shoot vedio set at best Quality. The vedio is much worse than my old tape Panasonic camcorder. Indoors you cannot see any detail due to the fuzzy picture and outdoors the picture is very grainy. Still pictures are trash. I do not recommend this camcorder.
Summary: Bought this camera for $359, which I thought was a great price for the 60GB HDD and the 70x optical zoom. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to even use the camera to see whether the video quality was as bad as some of the reviews have said, because I'm one of the unfortunate ones who happen to own the Windows Vista 64-bit operating system, which, it turns out, is incompatible with the software suite which comes with it.