"Great Camera"on by wetdiaper
Pros Incredible clarity, small size, better than expected battery life,great sound.
Cons no viewfinder (minor prob)
Summary I bought this camera for a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas. I got it for its reported video quality and 5.1 sound. At the highest video quality setting it still gives more than 15 hours of video. I used 6. The standard battery lasted nearly 2 hours each time. The pictures came out nearly as good as a stand alone camera. I liked that I could take pics while recording. I did not really miss the viewfinder. The screen was visible even in bright light. The zoom held to high quality and went far beyond my being able to steady it. The software HD Writer is very good. Ive made 2 copies so far because I dont want to lose the video. I hooked it directly to my HD TV and it simply looked amazing ! I strongly recommend this camera.
Pros Great overall. Very easy to use, most common features are easily accessible without digging into too many menus. Touch screen is pretty good too, not a real pain.
Cons Not the best for low light. HD seems a bit "grainy" in low light like a high ISO film might look. There is a backlight compensation function that's helpful for this, but you have to manually set it each time you press record. No standard viewfinder
Summary Nice quick-record feature allows you to resume recording quicker than standard record/stop functionality. Works great with my Mac and iMovie. I honestly haven't tried the software it comes with (although those are usually pretty crappy - for all brands and camcorders). Decent photo function 12mp I believe, and has a flash. Camera flash can't be used as a video light though, which sucks. Feature I most wish it had was an external microphone port.
Great overall, definitely recommend for prosumer family camcorder. I use it mostly for recording my daughter and some events.
Pros Rich, saturated, color.
Mpeg noise very low.
Still photo while recording video. Nice touch!
Touch screen subject focus with face recognition works well.
Still pictures are very good.
Cons Wish you could manually over ride each setting in auto (Priority settings). But auto does very well on its own.
Internal mic sounds good but not good handling wind noise.
Summary Bought this unit so I didnt have to carry the large Sony FX1000 every where I went. I did not expect this camera to rival the Sony picture wise, but it does. Rich saturated videos that are amazing. I think the mpeg S/N is actually better than the Sony. I always concidered the still photo feature on all my other video cameras a waste because the resolution was way under 2mp.... not on this one, an you can capture stills while recording video. The low light is acceptable but does get noisy quick when there are only a few lamps on. I would recommend a video light to maintain the cameras excellent qualty.It would be nice to have the ability to over ride certain adjustments in auto, like shutter, gain, iris priority, but comparing price this is alot of bang per buck. Panasonic has some very good ideas. Highly recomended!
Pros Awesome image quality and color. LCD screen surprised me that I could see it in daylight very easily. Touch controls work very well for me using the stylus. My previous two camcorders were Sony DVD. This Panasonic HD blows them out of the water!
Cons 1) Not as advertised
2) Video editing software is barely adequate, and very spartan in its features.
Summary Panasonic, on their own webpage with their own product flyer claimed this camera had Time Lapse capability. It does not! I contacted Panasonic via their customer service asking about this and so far have only received a run around from them! Being directed to a telephone number, which when called inserts you into a horrendous automated system that is extremely difficult to navigate. Once you get to where you can ask for technical assistance, you are put on hold. After 20 minutes I gave up.
It is False Advertising, pure and simple! Shame on Panasonic!
Other than the deceit about the time lapse photography feature I really like this camcorder. The image quality and color are far superior to the two Sony DVD camcorders I had owned previously. The still shot capability is quite impressive also. Certainly not on a par with a dedicated DSLR, but from a point and shoot standpoint the images are quite good. The burst mode, of 60 frames per second is a stunner!
The camcorder is quite handsome in its black and chrome livery. It is small and light, but not too much so. It feels like a quality instrument.
I am quite satisfied with the camcorder overall, and if it actually had Time Lapse as advertised, I would have been thrilled with it.
"Nice camcorder"on by jcfong1976
Pros Lightweight, very easy to use, the touch screen is not bad I even use my fingers to manage the menu on the screen with no problems. Take great pictures. Have very good storage HDD capacity.
In general, is a good camera. Hybrid storage.
Cons No viewfinder, little bit grainy in low light. when in use it get hotter than I expected. HD is 1080i instead of 1080p but looks great.
Summary I bought this camcorder mainly to record our first child and some other family events, and because I wanted a HD camcorder too and it 10+ megapixels on still pictures at the time I bought it.