Summary: I bought this used unit because the tape compartment of my old camcorder couldn't load the tape in and I need a camcorder to play all my old tapes. Good thing about this camcorder is that it's relatively easy to operate with decent video. The bad thing about it is that there is a rather annoying noise coming out from the tape compartment whenever the tape is in use. But I don't quite hear the noise from the TV when I play the recorded video, so I guess it's okay.
Summary: I have an HC32 camcorder and my LCD display just died without much notice (it flickered one day and became dark with red hue and died). I searched the problem and it appears that a lot of people have shared a similar story on the net. It happened to my when my camera was about two years old. Similar problems have been reported on HC42 model as well. You may want to research this problem.
Summary: I purchased this camcorder to replace my 8yr old Sony Hi-8 video recorder as the Sony was failing. I also wanted to "digitize" my videos so I could download onto my computer and back them up via DVD. I read that mini-DV tapes were the best value for recording, so I opted for this unit. This is a very average, easy to use camcorder. Controls are easy to understand. All play or record controls are on the LCD.
Summary: This is a third MiniDV Camcorder I've owned, after Samsung and Canon brands. Ironically, the last one I got has the least features. I was aghast when I didn't find any Remote Control in the box. You have to go to your camcorder every time you want to forward or rewind your tape. Simply Lame!! Had I known, Would've never bought. Besides, If you're planning to use it with your Wide-screen HDTV, This ain't the right choice. You gotta get an HD camcorder.