I am a novice video guy, this is my first video camera. But, having a 1 yr old daughter and another on the way had me wanting a video camera. With some Best Buy gift cards given to us for Christmas, we decided it was a good time to take the plunge.
- Very inexpensive. It was $225 on sale at Best Buy.
- MiniDV is uncompressed and therefore pretty easy to edit.
- Firewire to our Macbook is very fast and easy to use with iMovie.
- Very Small and lightweight.
- Image stabilization seems to work pretty well
- Everything bad I read was about the sound, but I find it to be very clear.
- It does a good job of managing different mini-clips in the playback system. Not sure what this is called, but it automatically resets the counter to 0:00 after each time we pull off the movie clips. this could be standard, but is really a nice feature.
- Battery life seems to be great for what we use it for, a bunch of small 5 minute clips.
- No 16:9 mode...which all my TVs are widescreens.
- On our MacBook and large LCD TV, these videos really start look amateur in full screen. Look fine on a youtube like interface.
- Why is it the 4 pin firewire instead of 6 pin?
- Firewire cable is expensive, ~ $30
- Touchscreen controls are not that easy to use for me. My wife seems to hit the buttons with more easy.
- Its very difficult to keep the camera steady at 20X zoom. Not sure I would ever use it or anything higher unless I bought a tripod.
- The default zoom level seems to be too close. you can't take videos unless you can step back a good bit.
- Using the tapes as storage is a bit kludgey in terms of rewind, play, etc.
Overall, I might buy an HD version using flash memory if I were to do it again. That is, for small 5 minute clips to capture moments.