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: Update-- I went ahead and purchased a 1 GB SanDisk Extreme III SD and it does NOT work with this camera for MPEG 2 recording. When attempting to record, a message appears stating "This card cannot record in MPEG 2 mode". It will work for photographs or MPEG 4, but for those purposes 512 MB would be sufficient! Otherwise, I am very happy with the camera. I just purchased my SVAV100 and am looking forward to using it.
Summary: I've had this for about a year now. Battery life last about an hour and generic replacement batteries from Ebay work fine. WARNING! USE ONLY PANASONIC MEMORY SD CARDS IF YOU WANT THE MPEG2 (DVD) QUALITY RECORDING!. The manual says a card of at least 10megs/sec recording time is needed for Mpeg2 recording. BS! I bought Sandisk Extreme3 SD cards (20megs/sec recording speed) and IT DOES NOT WORK! Panasonic 1gig sd card are about $179 at B&H Photo and at J&R Electronics.
P. Licato "nerdy tech type (and always sought..., Amazon
23 January 2005
Summary: I was reading some of the other reviews in which they were concerned with the apparent imcompatibility of the Panasonic MPEG2 format. It's trivial to change the extension from .MOD to .MPG. I had no problem playing this files in Windows Media Player, Roxio DVD Max, etc. As for editing, I had no problem reading in these files and making movies using Pinnacle Studio 8. The camera is SMALL and very easy to use.
Summary: I just bought this camera. Let me tell you that it is better than I was expecting. The picture qualaty of the mpeg2 fine video setting is noticably better than my sony Hi-8 camcorder, although it is not as good as most mini dv camcorders. It's got tons of features. The audio is also great. I thought it wouldn't be, scince the mic is on the backside of the camera, but it turns out it picks up evrything just fine. (In the first day i shot some great vids of my dog).
Summary: i shoot quite a bit of video, and i really like not having to use tape... you can get a cheap hard drive-based digital wallet with an sd slot to copy the av100 sd card contents into while you are shooting with a second sd card... no need to ever have more than two sd cards, and you can shoot all day without having to unload the digital wallet.