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Good: Size, quietness of recordings and video and still quality.
Bad: Standard battery life 50 mins
Comment: Firstly I've had many tape camcorders and this is a breath fresh air - all recordings indexed. How can Cnet give the GZ57 6.4 and this 5?? After reading all reviews I got this over the Sony 96 and Sony 505DVD.
Low light is ok and in manual better, daylight is great and stills at 6x4 print are fine.
£383 at Amazon I think it's a bargain, although a newer version's on its way.
Good: No media, good quality snaps and video if left on ultra-high mode. Software very intuitive
Bad: Quality not quite up to Mini DV standards
Comment: I bought this camera and took it to Spain with me for a fortnight. It's fantastically easy to use and in my opinion perfect for a family to record memories. No longer do you have to worry about tapes or discs, and although the quality is not quite on a par with Mini DV, it compares very favourably to most DVD camcorders. 7 and a quarter hours in ultra fine mode is plenty for any holiday, then you just plug it in to the computer and drag'n'drop to the desktop. I had over 3 hours of footage and it took a little over 13 minutes. Superb! The software supplied allows you to either burn straight to disc, or use the editing software also supplied. I had never edited video footage before, and being a man, never bothered reading the instructions and tried to figure it out for myself. Yes, I made a couple of mistakes, but in general I found it all very instinctive and pleasing. Within 3 hours I had produced my very own (and 1st!) DVD with menus and titles similar to that of a DVD movie you could buy. Bought mine for £480.00 and it's an absolute bargain and pleasure to use.
Good: Not much
Bad: Poor video imaging and lack of response from automatic processes
Comment: I was attracted by the HD storage but soon lost interest after noting the slow response to changing conditions. The loss of image quality in transition to an editing suite was frankly appalling. Poor purchasing judgement on my part, I should have paid more attention to reviews.
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