Summary: ...and I love it. Excellent for outdoor photos...crisp and clear. Good zoom. Love the video capabilities. It's the best investment in a camera I've ever made. Only downside is the flash...can't get this camera to take pix without giving everyone "red eye". I've tried tilting it. I've tried it upside down. I've tried adjusting the exposure. It's almost as if the flash is too bright. Lots of shadows on the wall behind the people I'm photographing.
Summary: Bought a refurbished unit, minor scratches, etc. Was missing the video cable to plug into tv or computer, no big deal. SD card was small, only 512 k--again no big deal. Saved us about $150-200 from buying a new one. Will see how it holds up, but so far so good. Very easy to use, think my wife will like it.
Summary: I have had this camera for at least 5 years I think. It has been dropped who knows how many times and carried in pockets while biking and doing other activities for probably thousands of hours. For my uses - to view on my computer or HDTV or upload to Facebook, it's been perfect. Only two flaws - doesn't work well for indoor video in low light situations and memory card is limited to 2GB - no SDHC.
Summary: As others have noted, this little unit falls a little short when compared to a MiniDV camcorder. Sound quality is very modest, and the video quality has more artifacts that you expect from a MiniDV unit. Still, it's so tiny, and handy to shoot with, you'll likely catch a shot you'd miss with your bigger camcorder, as you left it back home. The amazing part is the still camera. Fairly quick time to shot, and very respectable image quality.
Summary: The VPC-C40 is an average camera that takes decent 4 mega pixel still photos. The video is grainy and I have to take the SD card out of the camera and transfer the video/photos to my computer via a multi card reader, which drives me nuts. For its size and cost, I won’t complain too much, and the video is fine for emailing video clips.
Summary: Purchased this camera to replace my old digital camcorder. Still picture quality is above average which is a bonus since you don't need to carry both a camcorder and still image camera on trips. The 4 megapixel shots should be just right for most casual photographers. Higher resolution just makes it harder to manage and share photos since the picture files become too large to email and don't really add anything in terms of quality to anything smaller than a 5X7 print.
Summary: I own this camera and have to say it is a very good with stills and video. It doesn't compare with a 3CCD camera or even to a mid-grade MiniDV camera but the portability and ease of use is fantastic! This unit can easily fit in your pocket/purse and within seconds can be turned on to capture video. I cannot do this with my regular MiniDV camera as it is too big to haul around. In low-light the unit performs okay but not crystal clear.
Summary: This is a great camera and camcorder. The daytime pictures and mp4 clips come out good and is comparable to the more expensive Sony. Nighttime/indoor pictures are okay. The MP4 clips indoor and at night is good enough for TV viewing unless you are looking for high def stuff which will run your at least a thousand bucks at this time. If you want a camcorder that captures to a memory card instead of DVD or tapes, then this is the one with an affordable price and quality.