Summary: I really want to give it a 3 1/2 stars. This camera is worth the money Although, if you're left handed like myself, keeping a steady hand while holding with your right hand takes practice. The movie quality is a nitch above average. Filming in High Def looks great, but takes a LOT of memory on your card. Filming in the other formats does the job for casual recordings. Filming inside without proper lighting can be an issue.
Summary: I got this camera because it was the deal of the day and was $480. I'm not much a videographer. But it is a very nice little camera, takes decent photos, and sharp videos. It's compact so you don't need to leave it behind. Who knows, maybe you'll catch the next Rodney King video. My only real complaint is that it outputs in MP4 format and the software that is included with the camera is pretty pathetic.
what no one has said about taking pictures while filming
fantasyphile "fantasyphile", Amazon
17 December 2006
Summary: After doing research for 2 days, I went ahead and decided to give the HD1A a shot. As far as picture and video quality go, I was rather pleased. Without a side-by-side comparison, it reminded me very much of my Nikon Coolpix 5700 in terms of low light. Actually, it was much easier to adjust than my camera, and I had very good visibility with it, even with the terrible lighting I have at home. It's very small and convenient, as others have said.
Best camera for the price, but beware of some problems
jack crossfire, Amazon
12 November 2006
Summary: This is the best HD camera for the price. It's the lightest HD camera of any kind. The quality is equivalent to professional SD cameras from 10 years ago if you're careful. You can get more resolution, more features, and more weight, for more money. It depends on how much you want to spend and how much excercise you want. Now the bad news. You have to be careful to get the best quality from it. It has to be tripod mounted. You must keep ISO at 50 or 100.
Summary: I don't do reviews...but I was disappointed enough that I thought it might be helpful to hear my experience. I saw this beauty and thought "this has it all!" If you're looking for either a still digital camera or video unit, this one will probably catch your eye. I originally liked the concept so much I bought another for my wife...then we tried to use it. #1) Unless you're using a tripod...the stills are awful, even with the image stabilization feature.
Summary: The main reason I purchased this camera is because I was looking for a good "all in one" camera/camcorder solution. I chose the Sanyo because it's affordable (compared to any other HD camcorder), I wanted to shoot in High-Def Widescreen, and the still camera offered a decent amount of mega pixels (5) as well as a nice optical zoom (10x). Size - I travel all the time so the camera's small size is a huge bonus for me.
Summary: Good: HD wow! Small and still comfortable to hold. Easy and intuitive control settings Bad: Not suitable for low light situations. I compared this side by to my Sony DV and it was not comparable. Lag in filming and then viewing. I was expecting a bit more from this camcorder and felt it still had a ways to go.
Summary: received camera 2 days ago ,great size ,video recording in daylight is good as long as its not played back on included quicktime software,I use nero ,night time recording terrible on all settings ,nigttime stills good ,daytime stills good , but my 4mp pentax blows this away on stills.I will be keeping this camera because kids are small ,and already have missed too many videos ( my other video camera is too bulky to carry around) acceptable except for night time indoor...
Summary: Perhaps it was too much to ask. HD quality video; high quality stills; good sound quality; tiny, user friendly package; and a price below $1000. I want to love this camera, but while it is almost as billed, it just misses the mark. I'll start with the good: Incredibly easy to use, good size and feel in the hand, well equipped out of the box, cool looking, great display, simple, effective remote.
Summary: If you want good videos look elswhere. its okay as long as you have lots of light. Try to video in the evening, or indoors and you won't even be able to focus. I tried to video my daughter this evening with the lights turned down a little low(I could see fine) and camera wouldn't pick up any light at all. I like that the camera works as a pc cam, although the mic does not work as a pc mic, so all you get it video.. no audio.