Summary: I bought this at BestBuy on Friday because I thought I might return it(after reading the reviews). I took it to my church's presentation of 'Nutcracker' on Saturday(It was very good). I also brought my Canon SX130IS(semi compact camera that also shots 720HD) for a real side-by-side test. Switched the resolution to 720 on the Samsung. I was not there to record the show. This is what I did....I would shoot about 1 minute, switch cameras and finish the scene with the Canon.
Summary: This is an inexpensive video camera that provides very nice HD video quality for the price. However, the automatic focus on the unit is slow and terrible. There may be a way of manually focusing, but with only the single button, I doubt it would be easy. I was also irked by the fact that video files max out at 1.8gb (~15min at HD)so if you are recording something longer, than it is in multiple files (regardless of the size of your SD card).
Summary: I purchased this camcorder as I was looking for something smaller to carry on trips. Beside carring a DSLR, I really like to shoot some video. The main reason behind the purchase was the fact that this small wonder has optical image stablization - so much better than electronic stablization. In addition, the unit can be adjusted for either right or left handers by rotating the viewscreen. Something I didn't need.
Summary: The camera is a bit quirky and has some auto-focus delay issues. The position of the zoom lever is cumbersome (you have to operate it with your thumb - poor design). It's a good camera for simple output. Had to locate a video on YouTube to find out how to update the firmware - no instructions in the manual on the CD that came with the unit. I will most likely return the unit.
Summary: Have recently made the mistake of buying this camcorder. It would appear that there is no wind cut feature whatsoever, on a mildly breezy day you would think there was a hurricane outside!! Unfortunately I bought the thing over a month ago and am only just realising what an expensive mistake it was.
Summary: Hallo, der Kauf dieses Camcorders war eigentlich ein Schnellschuß. Ich hatte kein aktuelles Gerät was HD Videos aufnehmen konnte, wollte aber etwas professioneller wirkende Filme für privat aber auch für den Hobby- und Youtube Bereich erstellen. So suchte ich bei Amazon zuerst alle möglichen HD Camcorder heraus und verglich die Rezensionen. Der Preis hatte keine allzu große Rolle gespielt, ich wollte aber keine 500 Euro ausgeben.