Summary: I'll be quick: Everyone else covered everything else about it so... Major drawback is that this palmcorder will not record motion video straight onto the SD Card at all; it only saves the still pictures (VDR-D200) taken by it onto the SD. What a major bummer and Panasonic should be 'spanked' for this one while charging the consumers a FORTUNE for it! I for one would prefer a USB palmcorder with SD backup option. This is a trick-camera for magician actors! BOOOOH!!
Summary: You can do better for the money. The image quality is below average and low light is really bad, even for a novice camcorder. I'm glad to see the price has come down. The camcorder did not come with the software needed to capture video or even play the dvd on my computer(it really should have). I would do more research and choose a camera that is right for you. I found many online camcorder review sites very helpful.
Summary: Lower resolution that even the cheapest Mini-DV, and nearly impossible to edit properly since scenes are stored on DVD. DVD is NOT recommended if you want to do any editing of any kind. See ANY Mini-DV instead.