Summary: i adore it , it is a good camcorder and indeed reading the manual is obligatory , for the price i paid (130 euro second hand) it is extremly good, not too light and also not too heavy to handle. it is yet antoher good product form panasonic and i did not read the manual first but i got started right away. some may say that this is a low end quality of video well i happen to like it even in bad light it performs well.
Summary: The camera records great. The problem I had was I wanted to place the recording onto a standard DVD so that it could be viewed by others. I had to read the directions very carefully and then experiment. I bought some Sony DVD RW disk and those were formated in VR,"Video Recording" and then the software provided reconized them and was able to open it up with DVD Movie Album program.
Summary: M boyfriend gave me this a my birthday gift. I was wanted a camcorder since i like making movies and videos and i use to use the long time ago video camera. I LOVE the fact that the camera is small and easier to handle, that its not heavy and does not act as excess baggage. The only thing i dont like about it is that the battery last for less than 4 hours.
Summary: I purchased this item after reading favorable reviews. I've never owned a camcorder before, but decided I need to record some of the significant events in the lives of my two teenage sons for our long-distance relatives to enjoy. I like the simplicity of the dvd format; you can record on a dvd-r, finalize the disc, and watch it on your dvd player right away.