Summary: This camera is a piece of crap. It is poorly constructed (2 screws have already fallen out of mine) and it is repleat with poor photographic and videographic recording capabilities. I bought one of these for my wife for Christmas 2004, and was severley disappointed in the quality of the videos and photos. Yes, it is a small, compact package, but I've seen cell-phones that take better pictures than this.
Summary: This camcorder was purchased as a gift for my daughter and used about 12 times over a 6 month period before experiencing intermittent failures. The labor warranty on this unit is only 90 days and labor costs for repair approach the original cost. It is unconscionable for Panasonic to market a defective product like this.
Summary: i bought this 5 days ago and the device may "work" but the cradle doesn't. After installing the USB drivers a dozen times and being put on hold by three differnt companies, i have had it. I bought this because i need a mp3 player and a digital camera. Silly me, I thought that companies want my business. Panasonic tech support is a joke. Sony has the best music. Microsoft can megabyte me. I am returning this device for the cheaper Palm zire 72.
Summary: I regret buying this camera because I cannot view the videos I shot. If you buy a Sony digital camera it shoots video in MPEG4 format and that can be viewed by several programs such as Real Player, Windows Movie Maker, QuickTime, etc. This Panasonic camcorder claims to shoot MPEG, but it does not. The video files are something called ASF and I cannot find a program to view the videos or to convert them to real MPEGS.
Summary: The unit itself is well designed. The quality of video is fair, at least for such a compact unit. Photos are near worthless due to horrible quality. My cell phone has far superior images. Sadly, for all the niceties of the gadget Panasonic chose to cripple the unit with it's software and make it virtually worthless. a) the videos ARE NOT mpeg4 as advertised. Rather, they are encapsulated in an .asf DRM file which is unviewable by anyone.
Summary: This is very poorly designed product, extremely user-unfriendly. The PC connection has to be snapped so tight till it almost breaks to make a connection. Buttons are very small. I have tiny fingers but still have trouble setting to the right mode and if you are not careful, you could be digital video-recording which takes all the memory in 1 minute instead of taking the pictures. The pics are very poor quality and DARK!!!
Todd J. Beckett "Todd Beckett - Business Caveman", Amazon
1 April 2007
Summary: This is not an MP3 player. To listen to music on it you have to use some stupid conversion software. Personally I think their is a great class action lawsuit for false advertising on this. In the meantime I putting this POS on ebay, and vowing never to buy another Panasonic product again.