Summary: Unfortunately, this camera performed better in the store. This camera was barely used until recently when I decided to record a family member's wedding. Now, I am by no means an expert at this and expected some wobbles and general human error. What I got though was a blurry "pixelly" picture throughout most of the recording and I am somewhat embarrassed to give this video to them. The only consolation is that they had expected no recordings and I did this as a surprise.
Summary: This has got to be the fuzziest, lowest resolution HD camcorder out there. Videos are less clear than they are with my old 640-480 (or whatever it is) digital camera. I use this for filming high school basketball games, and not only are players' numbers illegible, but the giant scoreboard is so fuzzy on the screen that you have to zoom in for the privilege of seeing the score and time.
Summary: I "upgraded" from my Panasonic Mini-DV camera. Big mistake. My main use for this camera is taping dance competitions, inside. The camera has no light (which I didn't notice until I got it out of the box -- my fault) but even the low-light setting produced TERRIBLE video. Even outside it is not as crisp and clear as my old camera. Besides the Panasonic name, the reason I purchased this camera is that it is compatible with iMovie.
Summary: this camera's pictur quality is soooo very bad. my cell phone takes better video. also the included software is not compatible with windows 7 or vista 64 bit. had alot of possibilities but pic quality just kills this camera.
Summary: I didn't believe the bad reviews about how this camera records at a really poor quality level in low-light situations. My sister and her husband have this same camera, a couple years older, and love it! I made a DVD in no time on their computer when we visited them so we could take it with us. My daughter watched the DVD dozens of times to remember her grandparents and aunts and uncle. I wanted a camera that was just as easy to use to make a DVD! But I have a Mac!
Summary: We are not a tech savy couple. We wanted an easy to use (this is), lightweight (this is) camera for our family. Everything was pretty easy to set up and use (even for us)..but when we saw the picture quaility on the tv, we were really disappointed! Our cell phones ( which are ancient ) can actually take almost as good of a picture. For this $ (we paid almost $400 for the bundle)...we are taking it back to Best Buy TODAY!!!! Waste of time!!!!
Summary: I bought this camera at Best Buy, they had some others I wanted to look at but there were "no power cords" for them. I listened to the Panasonic rep at the store and was impressed with the 70X zoom and 60GB hard drive. The image stabalization is really good. The zoom is awesome. The storage is phenominal. The battery life is good ( 2 hours ). The video quality is ATROCIOUS! I got the video I shot all weekend home and was excited to watch them. I was very dissapointed.
Summary: I really liked this camera because it was easy to use and the picture quality was good. However, I've only had this camera 4 months and the battery will not charge. I believed that the AC adapter was bad, but customer service at Panasonic felt that the battery was bad. Well guess what? There's only a 10 day warranty on the battery! Yes, 10 days!!! I went ahead and ordered a new battery....$65.00!!! I got the battery today and tried to charge it, and it will not charge.
Summary: I have used Panasonic (MiniDV) camcorders and i was very happy with its video capture quality and easy interface to copy to PC, but with this one i was very disappointed. The picture quality is poor and so is the video quality. The PC interface does not support copying to another location than the C drive. I have just OS on the C and D for data, and this device does not recognize the D drive as it is in compressed mode..ridiculous.
Summary: I checked this out in store before buying from Amazon.com. In store, the usage, look and feel were all great. What we weren't able to see until purchasing was the quality of the video produced. As noted by another review, it's not much better (if at all!) than a 3yo cell phone video. In fact, I recently viewed a DVD made from one of our Sony Hi-8 cams (circa 2003) and the quality was very similar.