Summary: It's not a bad little camera, but one big thing I found is it's hard to get a decent steady shot. Most any camcorder your going to need a tripod, and this one is no exception. The image can become shaky even though the zoom is quite smooth. You can really notice the shakiness when at full zoom. The still pictures left a lot to be desired. It has not only an easy mode but the settings most wanna be pro videographers want as well.
Summary: It's a great video camera for it's price and I should admit I love taking videos with it. I only wish there was a stabilizer to avoid shakes. The slightest movement causes a lot of shake. Imagine walking while recording it shakes too much. But as I said I still love it. All I have to do is make sure I don't walk while shooting or move slowly.
Summary: The video is very very good. The stills are terrible. The zoom is good and when used on a tripod the IS is great. Because these cameras are so small the shake is an issue. Users with large hands Will have a hard time accessing all the contols. Audio is very good. Easy to upload to the Internet using windows or Mac.
Summary: Nice picture but there are issues. TINY operating button is exasperating, always going to an undesired option. Video is NOT easy to upload to Windows 7 and Nero does not seem to help. Have yet been unable to sync sound with video. Auto white balance is not good for my preferences. Constantly changing to mode for the ambient situation. Camera mode is SLOW to take picture like my antique 6MB Sony. Note that it DOES NOT come with a SDHC card.
Summary: This camera is full of trade-offs: great features which are often crippled by poor implementation. I very nearly returned it, but ultimately it is getting the job done: taking pictures and videos of my 2 year-old and newborn for online viewing by friends and family. Consider very carefully how you plan to use this camera before buying. The big plus is its low-light performance.
Summary: I went from a Panasonic GS320 to this camcorder. The Sanyo blew me away with its picture quality and it cost less than the GS320. I liked the Sanyo alot and it was very easy to use. However, the autofocus didn't work well and the lack of optical stabilization combined with the extremely small size made it too difficult to get consistently good video. I returned it and bought a Panasonic TM700, which I highly recommend.
Summary: Pros: * Small, fits well in hand * Controls easy to reach and use * Good battery life * Close viewfinder to "sleep," wakes quickly upon reopening * Uses standard (and cheap!) SD cards for recording * Decent zoom range; gentle use of the zoom toggle allows for very gradual zooming if desired.
Summary: I paid $1200 for my first SONY Hi8 camcorder in 1994 and I bought this camcorder based on its price tag and stellar hardware specifications like the 1080p at 60fps, big 1/2.5" CMOS sensor, a relatively fast lens f2.0-f2.8 and reviews commending its good low-light performance. I really wanted to like this camcorder; however, I returned it in a week due to its three major flaws.
Summary: Pros: 1. Records in iFrame format. iFrame is just a specification made up by Apple for recorded movies to be more iMovie friendly. It uses the standard H.264 video codec and AAC audio codec. However, it's not HD as the resolution is only 960x540 (although it's still higher than 480p), but the bitrate is set at 24Mbps. That's a lot, considering even the 1080p mode on this camcorder only has a bitrate of 16Mbps. Another plus of the iFrame format is that it's progressive.