Summary: I purchased the SV-AV100 when it first came out based on its sharp video. However, I was surprised how difficult it was to use anything but Panasonic SD cards which were exorbitant at the time. However, after downloading a firmware update for the US model, the camera works quite well with other cards. I'm currently using a Kingston 2GB SDHC card in MPEG2 mode and it works great.
great camcorder, but no audio when plugged into tv...
Ramsay S. Kurban, Amazon
16 August 2007
Summary: I found no flaws with the d-spap av100, except for the fact that whenever I plug it into the TV, there is no audio. Maybe it is just me, but if anyone knows what my problem is please let me know.
This camera is perfect for what it's designed to do
1 August 2006
Summary: The fact that this records files with an .mod suffix is irrelevant. When you rename them as .mpg files they are fine. Actually, Premiere Elements 2.0 doesn't even require you to rename them, it deals with .mod files just fine. The video is very good, with just a bit of jagged lines when there's fast motion. The point is, this camera is meant to be an easy thing to put in your pocket so you are always ready to grab some video and it does this superbly.
Summary: I own this this camera since February 2004. It is very well built, light and handy, fits in any pocket. Video quality with light is very good. In low light conditions is very bad or no video at all. It is complicated to manage the files. Panasonic uses a trick to edit the video files. Files extenssion is .MOD, it is not .MPG.
Summary: The comment from reviewer "Xdeth" about using Ulead editing software is completely wrong. I've been using Ulead VideoStudio 8 to edit SV100 videos for over a year. Yes, as many others have stated, the ".mod" files need to be renamed to ".mpg" to use Ulead and much other software. As for the camera itself, what other memory card based MPEG-2 (DVD quality) camcorder can you toss in your pocket like a wallet? I take it everywhere.
Summary: The camera would be as advertised if it was not for the MPEG2 file fomat and they use and lack of software control over your files. Sure you can copy and rename the files off the SD card, but don't save them to your computer first using the supplied software, it uses some compression method to create one huge file from all your little ones. And they will be little, 10 minutes record time in high quality for $900.00 + cost of 512 MB SD card, please.