Summary: Just a few observations first. I read all the reviews I could. Leica has a world wide reputation for superb lenses. 3CCD use. Still selling the same model after 4 years. So I obtained the Panasonic VDR D300. If you read the reviews you will know how good a performance this camera has.
Summary: Here's a sample of what this little camera can do. Believe or not, I shot my daughter's recital from about 30 yards (using the zoom feature, of course) and in a dark auditorium. Notice how the lens picks up all available light and the sound is clear.
Summary: The picture quality is exceptional and it is very easy to use. So much nicer than punching the screen for menus like the Sony 405. Who wants to worry about finger prints and scratches all over the screen with those touch screens? It is also priced better than the Sony 405.
Summary: I have been using mine for about 2 months now. The picture quality is very good. I purchased a Sima light as an add on. It enhances the pictures even better. The still pictures are amazing too. I was trying to decide between Sony and this one.
Great camcorder -- just watch out for slow start-up times
Financial Analyst, Amazon
6 September 2006
Summary: This is my first DVD camcorder and I absolutely love it! It's also my first 3-chip video camcorder. The image quality is just really good, like the other guys said. The machine is also apiece of cake to use.