Summary: Picture quality was good, had all the features I wanted. Fairly easy to set up and use. Remote control with smartphone was just OK, the usual connection problems and slow response, but I've found thats the case with all brands. Unfortunately after 14 months (just after the warranty expired) the camcorder started freezing up and the screen went blue. Had to completely disconnect power including battery to clear. Would work for a few minutes more then die again.
Solid camera for the $289 I paid. Not such a good deal at today's price of $599.
F. Panucci "www.frankpanucci.com", Amazon
27 August 2014
Summary: It's a solid home video/very light pro use camera - but I would never have bought it at its current price of $599. I bought this in late 2013 from Amazon for $289. For $599, there are better choices. I thought electronics prices for a given model of something were supposed to go down over time - but the price for this camera (as of august 27 2014) has more than DOUBLED since ten months ago. That's just weird.
Summary: Camcorder works well. Big problem with moving the video files to PC and editing is almost impossible. The software that comes with the product never would load to my PC. No PC that I have tried can recognize the file types used by Panasonic. I was finally able to to view and edit the video files on Windows 7. I guess XP can't really handle these files.
Summary: Zooming in close is fun but it takes practice to hold a steady shot. I used this to record a friends music videos. The sound is surprisingly OK. The images turned out quite nice. This is a good consumer camera. I do not like the fact that you may need special software to upload some files and that software does not work with windows XP. Also I lost the disc or else I never received one. There is no sound input other than the microphone.