Conclusion: This is the best DVD camcorder I have tested to date. I’ll try to get my hands on a Sony DCR-DVD405 or –DVD505 to give a true comparison of other high-end 2006 models. That said this one is a winner and should be high on the list of anyone who wants the convenience of DVD and three-CCD quality.
Pros: 3 CCDs; DVD convenience; optical image stabilization
Cons: Expensive; no hot shoe; poor GUI; battery life could be better
Excerpt: The VDR-D300 is Panasonic’s top-of-the-line DVD camcorder, a 3-chip model with excellent specs and features. At $999 (MSRP), the D300 is a strong competitor for best DVD camcorder of year, going head to head with the Sony’s offering, the DCR-DVD505. Just what makes the D300 so good? Read on and find out.
Pros: -Accessory shoe, -Manual controls provide an immense amount of customization, -Simple administrative menu structure
Cons: -Joystick control doesn't slide through manual options, instead requiring, the user to re-activate the joystick for each, step of a manual control, -Compression levels for DVD camcorders, -Poor flash placement to the side of the camcorder lens