Summary: Te zoom is great, the optics are fine for a cam with a zoom of this power. Obviously low light will suffer when zoomed, but we have been able to get some incredible shots with this camer. Unfornatunatley the software for viewing those shots is right out of the 90s. Primitive, buggy SLOW.
Summary: My Husband bought me this camcorder for my birthday and I loved the small size. I was able to fit it in the same bag as my regular camera. But the quality of pictures and video's it took was something to be desired. The pictures were always grainy and I could never get it to work outdoors.
Summary: First of all, I am not new to camcorders and I read many many reviews here before the purchase. I have used a SONY mini-DV DCR-HC32 (entry-level) for 4 years so I have a benchmark to compare. For Panasonic SDR-S26, the sharpness of the video (played from the camcorder directly or DVD) was very poor.
Summary: I would go as far as to say that indoors, this camera is UNUSABLE. This is my 3rd camcorder in 15 years, the previous being Sony Handycams. As I own a Panasonic digital camera which takes very good quality photographs, I mistakenly thought this would match up in terms of quality.
Summary: Basically you get what you pay for. Easy operating software, performs as a basic camcorder. Has a 70x zoom, which is interesting but it's difficult to see where you would need such a large zoom. Very disappointing picture quality when played back on the computer, very pixellated and noisy.
Nice price, poor footage, I mean really poor footage
NI reviewer, Amazon
14 November 2009
Summary: Like others, i read reviews and based my decision to buy on cost and reviews. Amazon got the package to me quickly and I took proceeded to take several months of footage without actually checking the playback, I assumed all would be ok. The footage included priceless footage of my newborn boy.
Summary: Small is not always beautiful!!! I purchased this camcorder after reading plenty of reviews, most of which told me that the footage from this camcorder was of a good quality. They are so wrong! I appreciate that this camera is at the budget end of the market and is MPEG2 SD quality.