Pros Wonderful image quality and the 50P (Australia) is just swimmingly smooth. The Image Stabilisation has to be seen to be believed.I have used the camera, hand held, to track dogs at play and this camera makes it a dream.
Cons in manual mode, changing the shutter speed alters the "aperture" which adds noise. You then have to go back to aperture and it will at least leave the shutter alone.
Summary 4 stars for the aperture thing. FGor general shooting this thing can't be beat. Still shots are not up to DSLR standard, but still very good. For video this thing puts out stuff that looks like it cost 2-3 times as much.
I am not sure where cnet is getting this high price. They do not nominate currency. I paid about Aud$950 (US$950) for it.
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Pros GOOD DESIGN, BEST VIDEO QUALITIES, BEST LOW LIGHT QUALITY, FAST, CHEAP,
Cons NONE AT ALL
Pros Good Color fidelity and good quality in high Sun light !
Cons Very Very grainy in indoor and regular light conditions ,Small and low Resolution LCD but this is not persecutor.
Summary I have bought a panasonic hs700 for myself and a sony xr500 for my father i have not any problem to play hs 700 1080P50Htz (PAL version) footage by windows 7 media player (My computer has AMD Phenom X3 8650 CPU 2GB DDR2 Patriot 800Mhz RAM and Geforce 9500GT VGA) but in VLC and KM Player picture quality is very bad and sluggish but this is not problem ,main problem and disappointing ploy is that in compare to sony XR500 picture is very very grainy in regular indoor light specially shooting from faces is terrible . I think sony Exmor doing very good job in this situations but i can not believe that this reliable site did not consider to this very important flaw of this camcorder . Because of this inattention or mistake i made a big mistake and bought this camera about 1400$ !!!!!! Please if my settings are false or if there is anything that i could do to get better performance and quality with less noise say me and make me happy and thankful.My Setting is iA and i tried in manual mode with different shutter and iris but result was more disappointing than before !!!
before HS700 I had Panasonic GS400, MX500 and i have enough experience to work with camcorders !
Pros Image quality is excellent, even in lower bit-rate modes
Low light capability is better than expected
Lens is wide-angle, but has plenty of zoom
Good set of manual controls
Excellent image stabilization
Tons of space on hard drive
Decent battery life
Cons The shoe mount is recessed too low to attach almost anything
Manual controls not instantly accessible on touch screen
Can't edit 1080 60p video on my iMac
Summary It's hard to believe what this small camera puts out. The image quality is so good. (And the 1080 60p footage is spectacular, though I've only been able to watch it, not edit it, while waiting for Apple to produce an updated codec for editing). The manual controls and the audio input really clinched it for me, and have been using it to do weddings this summer.
My biggest beef is with the deeply recessed shoe mount which wouldn't have been a problem except that the approach to the mount is CURVED, so it's virtually impossible to attach anything. I did manage to attach a wireless mic receiver with some difficulty, then instantly regretted it because now I couldn't access the zoom lever. And I thought something was going to snap when I tried to remove it. I'm still looking for an adaptor that will fit onto the camera.
One other minor quirk (that I'm sure is unique to my camera) is the right mic records about twice as loud as the left. I can fix it in post, but shouldn't have to.
I really like the amount of wide-angle on the lens; the zoom lever takes some getting used to but provides a good range of speeds.
I find the swing out monitor adequate, though I wish the viewfinder was a bit bigger (I don't like the viewfinders on ANY compact Pansonic models for that matter).
Just a word about the extra cost of the hard drive. Yes it is steep, but once you've bought it, what a relief to have all that space. And there is an SD card slot if you need that capability. 240 GB is the equivalent of fifteen 16GB SD cards, which would cost more than $400. Of course I always back up to an external hard drive right after the event, but if I ever take it on a trip, it will be great not to have to keep track of a bunch of SD cards, or have to take along a laptop to capture onto.
All in all, a video camera I can highly recommend!
Pros Large native capture resolution
Light weight, even when shooting for extended periods
Fair amount of manual settings, even for a more "Consumer" oriented model
Quick response to light and capture changes
Cons Small frame (totally relative statement)
Included cooling fan is picked up on hot shoe mounted "shotgun" mic (is not when peripheral isn't attached)
Settings (capture modes and manual adjusts) are buried in touch screen menus
Summary So I'm a pretty huge dork. A good friend and I both pooled are resources to get this camcorder. After fairly extensive research we (I) landed on this model. It's combination of consumer target ease of use, as well it's deeper manual settings, allow us to have footage that looks like the pro's. There is a catch however. This catch is that I can't seem to play back to footage without it staggering during review. I have a dual core AMD 2.8Ghz Phenom II processor, and a nVidia GTX260, with 8Gb of ram running on WIndows 7 64-bit. In other words the hardware isn't the issue. I've addressed this problem with carefully researching what modern codecs are needed to be installed. DivX is a big help, and don't expect VLC to be able to (smoothly) play your footage.
In the end, unless you have really high standards, you wont be disappointed with your purchase.