"Do not bother with this low quality piece of garbage"0.5 starson by acewingman
Pros: Honestly there are no real pros unless you just love throwing away $400.00. Won't even make a good paper weight.
Cons: Record button is way too close to the battery and is very difficult to press. Every time I swap batteries I have to go back and reset all the settings such as XP mode and Digital zoom.
Summary: What good is a X70 zoom if the video quality is junk? The High quality (XP mode) resolution is only 704 x 480. My $100.00 Canon 8mp camera does better quality video than the Panasonic SDR-H80 does...What a joke! I keep reading reviews that say it works great in low light but in my experience that is extremely false. This camera is no better than the early digital cameras from the late 90's.
No flash/light/infrared except for what your environment provides.
The lens protective cover is manually operated and the lever is located in a hard to get to area.
To transfer data to the PC from the hard drive you must remove the battery and hook up two cables (power and usb) and then turn the camera on and select PC/Connect from the thumbstick next to the screen.
The software is junk and hard to navigate. Very basic dvd menu creation and hardly any options to choose from. Windows Vista has a better DVD burner built right into Windows.
Advertised youtube functionality...Haha, all it does is limit your video clip to 10 minutes. Who transfers video to youtube without editing it first?
This digital camcorder is not worth $100.00 let alone $400.00 or $499.00 with extra battery, tripod, and case.
I really thought this was going to be a camera I could use and went all out to buy the full package with 4 year warranty and all but now I regret even looking at it. Not only that but Best Buy is going to charge me a 15% restocking fee since I took it out of the box. Triple Whammy!