Summary: Bottom line, the picture quality that you get is incredible on the standard HQ setting. You can go two levels higher(just higher bitrates) but you shorten your recording time to 20 minutes or 15 minutes depending on which you select. If you have a ps3 ,you can just pop the disk in and watch it on your high def tv. The Dolby Digital recording is excellent as well. I recorded a Disney show at Epcot and the sound was just like you were there.
Summary: A lot has already been said and there are some excellent reviews here (as well as elsewhere), but I just want to add my 2 cents. I purchased this guy a few months back, and have since purchased a light and a second battery for it (I'll talk about those shortly). My favorite features include: 1. The 3.5" screen, which should be a must for ANY camcorder, as the 2.5" screens common today are worthless IMHO. 2.
Summary: FANTASTIC camcorder!! Awesome stills and vids. Highly recommended for beginning user based on low price and ease of use!! Only tough part is converting video's. Still recommend to any user looking for HD quality!!
Summary: This is an awesome piece of equipment! This cam produces some of the most stunning video and right now the price has to be the deal of the decade! The dvd format is outstanding and it really is the best of both worlds. I use -rw discs and copy my video to my computer then reformat the disc (which takes about 7 seconds) and use it over and over again so the price of media is virtually nothing, unlike tape which you have to keep buying and buying.
It is a great buy at this price range. Video is stunning
LAP PETER "PETER", Amazon
8 March 2007
Summary: Yeah, the DVD storage should be longer than 15 minute for HD recording. However, the price/quality of this camcorder more than make up for it. Plus i only do home movies so this fits my needs. I am rewarded by this unit everytime i hook this thing up to my HDTV. I don't do a lot of low light recordings so i am not affected by a number of bad professional reviews in this area. If you are shopping for a camcorder now, this is one of the best buys out there.
Absolutely beautiful HD picture for so little $$$.
GagaGigi "bugiman", Amazon
11 February 2007
Summary: But you do need a very fast PC for playback. A 3GHz Pentium 4 or equivalent simply won't cut it. I get jerky and poor video on my single core PC but the problem is fixed as soon as I move the video to my dual core AMD box. Keep in mind that the AVCHD playback software is so demanding that both CPUs are running at about 90% utilization during playback. The conclusion: there is no way a single CPU system can pull it off.
Summary: Having a DVD burner build-in to this camera saves a lot of time to transfer movies to your computer or simply save them in a secure media (DVD). 30 minutes of normal quality and 20 minutes of HD is more than enough for my home-made movies.