Pros Nice and compact. The menus are easy to use. Lots of options for output
Cons Crappy software. Have to create playlists to get it to work with iMovie 08
Summary I bought this as a store demo very inexpensively so the price was not an issue for me. I took it to Disney and kept it in my pocket the whole time. The Video quality is great, the photos are just o.k.. The video is easy to download through the firewire connection into my IMac. If I had to use the included software I would be pulling my hair out. Although I was looking to buy a Cannon, but at the price I paid for this I was willing to try it out. I am pleased that i did.
Pros AMAZING Video Quality; Three (3) 1/5 inch CCDs; Hard Drive (My DV tapes on my old camcorder are deteriorating); Easy transfer of videos to PC; Price; Also still images are nice!
Cons JVC has its own format so you must use the software that comes with it or buy software that is compatible. Low light is ok, but all camcorders are "ok" in low light.
Summary You cannot go wrong with this purchase. If you want a 3 chip 1/5 inch CCD camcorder that records 5 hours of high quality (high definition) video below $600 (MSRP is $1100!) without worrying about changing DV tapes or worry about DV tapes deteriorating then this is IT!
AMAZING Video Quality; Three (3) 1/5 inch (which is better than 1/6 inch) CCDs (the more CCDS the clearer the quality); Hard Drive (My DV tapes on my old camcorder are deteriorating); Easy transfer of videos to PC (Just plug it in and drag and drop the files to your desktop; use it like a thumbdrive); HD5 destorys my old 3ccd Panasonic PVDV951 especially at 1/3 the price! Also still images are nice!