"I'd return it if I could."2.5 starson by jbutler
Pros: Superior image quality.
Cons: Inferior sound quality; difficult manual audio controls.
Summary: The superior, 3CCD image quality of this camcorder is negated by its low-level audio recording. I tried several mics with it and could never get a decent audio level on it. I got so frustrated that I sent it to a Panasonic repair shop, which informed me that it was working properly. So, I'm stuck.
In addition, as someone on an online camera forum said, "The AG-DVC30 is simply a right royal pain in the neck to operate. One of this camera's known weakesses is that there are no audio knobs, just a stinkin' menu." So, one's options for manipulating audio are very limited.
Of course, one doesn't buy a camera such as this for its audio, but, sheesh, it ought to at least be the equivalent of a consumer-grade camcorder.