Summary: I was completely disappointed in this camera. All the reviews said it was the best way to go in my price range including Consumer Reports. However, I am completely underwhelmed. Here's my take: 1) Sharpness - Terrible. In the brightest light, it is average at best. For comparison, my Galaxy S3 is a sharper in bright light which is crazy. This was the #1 complaint in all the reviews out there and they are right. It just isn't sharp. 2) Low light - Bad.
Panasonic HC V520 Nice camera, good zoom etc - But
5 November 2013
Summary: This is a nice camera to have. The basic optical zoom at 50x is good. The wifi feature is funky and fickle, more of a gimmick, I found it can easily lose connection to the smartphone when connected via router. It would have been handy if you could set the wifi, so it comes on automatically (as the remote option used to be) when the unit is turned on, especially helpful if you use the camcorder mounted, ready to just turn power on and go.
No Streaming via USB! $99/mo to stream via Ustream
Thomas P. Larsen "grunch", Amazon
2 November 2013
Summary: I purchased this model because it appeared that it would connect to my computer via USB and operate as a standard webcam for use with Google Hangouts and GoToMeeting. It will not stream via USB. The only streaming option is to pay Ustream $99/month for a streaming account and do the streaming via wifi. So, this model would cost me over $1100/yr to stream in a way I don't want to stream. What a bait and switch. This is a great disappointment.
Summary: Easy to use with a powerful zoom lens. No write errors to date with over 20 hours of record time. Basic functions are intuitive and the 'advanced' manual (downloadable from the Panasonic website) is easy to follow and outlines many advanced settings and options. Highly recommended.
Summary: i DIDN'T HAVE TIME TO USE THIS CAMCORDER BEFORE WE LEFT FOR MONTANA, BUT IT'S SO EASY TO LEARN ITS BASICS, I HAVEN'T TRIED TO DO THE USB PORTS OR ANY OF THE OTHER MORE INTRICATE WORKS YET. I AM VERY IMPRESSED WITH THE 80 POWER ZOOM. IT IS REMARKABLE, MY TWO DAUGHTERS WERE SO IMPRESSED, I COULD ZOOM IN ON AN ANIMAL STANDING ON A MOUNTAIN OVER A HALF MILE AWAY AND SEE IT BETTER THAN MOST BINOCULARS.
Summary: Had the camera 40 days. It says it has an error, to turn it off and on. Over and over again, it is pretty much dead. Amazon won't do anything about it because it was out side of 30 days. Panasonic will allow me to pay to ship it to their facility in Texas and I just might get it back in 1-2 weeks but they are very busy so it may be 3 weeks. Very frustrating.