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.
Make sure to update the firmware to use other SD cards
Mike S. Lee, Amazon
25 June 2005
Summary: I've recently bought this camera and have to say I love it. This is by far the smallest camera that is a real video camera. No other camera comes close. The pros of this camera versus others are: - smallest size / coolness factor (smaller than my still picture digital camera) - can transfer to computer and burn to DVD faster than you would be able to do with tape based camera - SD is more durable than tape, and after you burn to DVD, DVD is definitely more durable than...
Summary: I have 2 other MPEG4 camcorders but the SVAV100 beats them in MPEG4 recording. In MPEG2 recording, nothing comes close. This unit is really amazing. I could not believe the quality of the video! I bought this camera after reading all the posts in JackBrown's forum which, incidentally has been down for over a week now -- I started a website forum of my own at [...] to help those who may be thinking of purchasing this item.
Sale almost returned - glad I read reviews here first
Ken Randall "Ken", Amazon
13 December 2004
Summary: (...) I purchased my Panasonic SVAV100 D-Snap tapeless video recorder three days ago from a retail store - within the first six hours (six hours in a car without Internet access) I was ready to return it. I could not get the MPEG2 video to play outside the camera. The supplied software, as it has been aptly described by others in the above reviews, is one of the worst applications I have seen in recent years - as one reviewer put it "what were they thinking?
Summary: After lusting about the SV-AV100 for about 6 months, I just couldn't see forking out the $999 price tag and high priced 1 Gig SD media. But recently prices have been slowly dropping. I ran across my SV-AV100 on sale a Curcuit City for $599 and 1Gig SD media at FRY's for $49. At first, I had problems with the camera not letting me use the Sandisk 1 gig SD. After doing a few searches in varios user groups, [...
Summary: Even after reading about all the 'problems' with the SVAV100 I decided I still had to have one. I wanted a way to capture video of my daughter without looking like the proverbial "dorky-dad-with-a-video-camera." This camera lets me do that. But, surprisingly, I've either not experienced these problems or found very simple workarounds for them.
Great carry-everywhere camera, storage format is difficult
John Brown "Jack Brown", Amazon
12 March 2004
Summary: I've had the AV100 for about two months, and I'm still infatuated. Which isn't to say that I don't have my criticisms. First, the good stuff: It really is small enough to fit in a pocket, which means that you will carry it everywhere, which in turn means that you'll get video of things you otherwise wouldn't catch. The SD storage media is obviously very compact, and if you have the adapter, you can stick it right into your computer for transfer and editing.
Summary: I have been waiting for the perfect digicam to come out -- one with a small form factor, that records close to professional quality video, and uses a readily available, inexpensive storage medium. The AV100 is it. Within an hour of opening the package, I was uploading footage onto my desktop computer, via my PocketPC (I don't have a dedicated SD card reader).