Pros Colors are fantastic for the 1/4 inch ccd format. Very compact and very well balanced.
Cons No second ring for zooming.
Pros Great versatility with the hand strap for both forward and rearward recording. Quick recording and pausing. Also has the ability to add an extra Night mode light (IR) or light for darker surrounds
Cons Zoom only operates slowly when recording but lightning fast when using as viewer or in pause mode. The biggest downside is the lack of accessories avail now. 12 monts ago there was HEAPS! but now.. there is only batteries.
Summary I use mine now only for home use and for making pretty corporate video's for youtube and training days. If you only want to play.. get a toy... and preferrably, one that has a HDD or SD/flash type card input.
Pros Really nice on-screen image, low camera noise when running tape, optical image stabilization works pretty well when not mounted on a tripod; night vision has several levels that take some familiarization with; time stamp if you want it; customizable ze
Cons Low light level auto-focus is poor. You have to select slow shutter speed (highest in this range is 1/30 second) and then manually focus, which is OK if you're mounted on a tripod, but if not, God help you get that image in focus. Would have preferred n
Summary If I had to spend it again, I'd still buy it! Over a Sony PDR100? You bet. Over a Canon GL2? Definitely. Over a DVX100? Well, OK, you got me. I'd have to spend more for one of those. Features for dollar, I have not been disappointed with the camera, though I have found my own skills in a world of hurt. compared to those guys that make the big money, making good video look really easy to get.
Pros Robust build, solid handle, large flip-out monitor, pro quality controls.
Cons 1. Size. I wish the body were larger.
2. I wish it had a dedicated zoom lever.
3. The built-in microphone placement is awful, and fairly useless.
Summary I have been producing video since the days of three-tube cameras, and prefer a camcorder to sit on my shoulder. The AG-DVC30 is a great little 3-chip DV camcorder, and I like it so much, I own two. One is equiped with a Panasonic AG-MYA30G xlr adapter, the other with an xlr adapter via the miniplug. Like other users, I tested many other camcorders before choosing this one, and found it quite by accident. I like the user selectable buttons, the large flip-out monitor, and that there are no buttons or dials on the monitor. The handle is solid, and makes for easy hand-held use. The body fits nicely on a Davis and Sanford quick release plate, and the AG-DVC30 is a joy to use. When not using xlr feeds, I merely use a Panasonic AG-MC15 mic for superior sound quality. I mainly produce documentaries featuring live events and interviews. These camcorders have never let me down!
"Love it..."on by havetohide88
Pros Size, picture quality
Cons Audio from built in mic
Summary The mic isnt great, but with the XLR adaptor that problem goes away. I love it otherwise... Have rendered a few short films with it, and absolutely love the quality.Updated
This camcorder has never failed me, I've enjoyed making many a movie with this camera. I wish that it had an HD setting, but I'm not sure I would have the time to figure it out. The only problem that I've had is that it will drop frames when importing into Vegas 8. I tried it on Adobe Premiere 2.0 Professional, and it dropped frames there to, so I'm not sure if that's a hardware problem or a software problem, but otherwise the camera has worked admirably.