Summary: I see all of the reviews over the years for this ancient Xacti and so many people have been done wrong by Sanyo and this camcorder. But, this is a dissenting viewpoint. It's 2012 and this camera is going into the sunset, so let me tell you what's good about it.
Summary: This works very well given its size. As a still camera it works well bright light but it is no Canon in dimmer conditions. teh Videos are reasonably good in HD mode but if you are expecting hdtv quality it comes up a hair short. All in all it is a great deal I am happy I have it .
Summary: I bought the HD1A because I wanted to shoot High Def video. The video this camera shoots is definitely better than SD video, but it doesn't look like broadcast HDTV either. Without being able to show you the difference the best way to describe it is that the HD1A produces small amounts of video...
Summary: The quality of video is good in HQ standard modes. HD video is ok in outdoor lighting. Very pixelated indoors low light. This is common for most camcorders. The big benefit is the quality you get for the size. The stills are great.
Summary: I was hoping to get a camcorder that looked cool, im not a fan of the rounded ones, but also took good indoor, lowlight footage. I almost got it here. It does a great job of picutes in almost complete darkness fairly close up, but the indoor footage left a lot to be wanted.
Summary: Seeing some of the other comments, and as the owner of an HD1 and an earlier version (C5?), there's a couple of points to make: * MP4 playback software that actually works was hard to find. It looks like the latest Real Player is ok, so long as your PC is fast.
Summary: It's too bad there are so many people that don't. What were you expecting? "I know, I'll spend $500 on an HD camcorder and I'll be burning Blu-ray's in no time!" This is one awesome unit! And before you ask, I work in broadcast TV, so I know what HD camera's should and should not do.
Summary: I've have had this device since about 5/2006 and have been relatively pleased with the results. Video in low light conditions is not great, but outdoors video and indoor/outdoor photos are fine. Though I do have a HD television, I tend not to view my videos on it.
Summary: I think I originally gave the HD1 I bought through Amazon a 5 star rating. And while that model has performed satisfactorily for me, some of the reviews I've read have suggested it has failed in many instances.
Summary: After vigorous research and investigation, I decided on this camera because of portability with quality. Bigger cameras may provide better HD picture quality but I believe you may lose lots of opportunities since the camera is not in your pocket. I used 4GB SD card to take about 1 hour of HD video.