Product Type: Panasonic digital camcorders
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Very, very average video camera.
Member Name: Lions
Advantages: small, light, okay quality if its light, easy to learn to use
Disadvantages: if its a little bit dark your video looks pretty bad, charge
I don't know what you are looking for when you buy a video camera. Personally, when I do I am expecting something that I can make use of in almost any situation. If you are also looking for that, do not buy this camera, it's not what you're looking for.
I read another review of this camera, already written here on DooYoo. It stated that it was a good, lightweight, "holiday" type of camera. I try to be creative but they pretty much nailed it right on the head there, that is EXACTLY what this is. Now for me, that wasn't good enough, but like I said before, I don't know what your camera wants/needs are, so I'm just going to basically list off the pros and cons and you can make the decision as to whether this works for you.
This camera is super light, you can easily film with one hand without being a body builder.
I guess you would expect this with it being lightweight and all, but just in case you didn't realize by now, this is one of the smaller video cameras on the market right now. If you're a woman, this will fit in even the smallest of purses without a problem.
-Pretty good quality video.
It's not like you're filming in HD or anything, but the video does come out very nicely, especially when you consider that this is a much cheaper camera than most of the stuff you see out there these days.
-Very easy to use.
Just pop in an SD card and you can start filming/taking pictures. Viewing your videos or pics on the camera itself is also a breeze, as well as transferring the media files onto your computer. There are only really a couple buttons on the whole thing so learning how to film with it is easy as well.
-The "stop recording" button.
It's in quite the awkward place. You would think they could just have it somewhere where your finger is naturally going to be when you are holding the camera, but instead it's like at the bottom of the camera, and near the front as well. The button to start recording is placed at the perfect spot to click it easily with your thumb, but for whatever reason they picked a weird spot for the stop one.
You have to make sure you are filming in a very bright area. If you are in a room that is even relatively dark, your view upon playback will be significantly dark, even if it indeed is only slightly dim.
-Eats up charge.
I suppose all video cameras have this problem. Just noting that this one is no exception. If you go on a trip, make sure you've got the charger with you.
All in all this is still an okay digital camera, but the whole problem with it being too dark has been a really annoying problem with me on multiple occasions. If you plan on using this only a few times a year (like 10-20 for holidays or maybe musical recitals for your children) than this camera could work for you. But if you want to use this as a serious video camera, I recommend you just put in the extra $50-100 and get something a bit more heavy duty. This isn't anything hardcore right here, but then again, it doesn't really have the hardcore price. Like I said in the beginning of this review, it all depends on your needs.
Summary: If you're an avid video camera user, you will want to look elsewhere.
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