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(based on 11 reviews)
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Most Liked Positive Review
Nice non-HD camcorder
Con: 1> I don't understand why they designed the charging and power adapter system this way. The power connector is directly connected to the battery charger, but now if you wanted to...Read complete review
Con: 1> I don't understand why they designed the charging and power adapter system this way. The power connector is directly connected to the battery charger, but now if you wanted to power your camcorder you use a separate cable to connect from camcorder to the battery charger so all three components are in series. So, what's the problem you say? The issue is that the product manual states that the battery can not be charged while camcorder is powered thru DC supply. They should have designed this so that users can charge the battery at the same time while the camcorder is in use using DC power. 2> When the battery is installed on the camcorder, there are two ports a user can not access: DC supply and mini-USB port. The battery basically covers up these ports. DC supply port isn't really an issue, but USB port is. It means that in order to access USB port the camcorder must be powered by DC supply. It is far more convenient if I can access the USB port with the battery installed instead of carrying "clunky power adapter system." This way movies & photos can be uploaded onto a laptop and then uploaded onto internet on-the-go. 3> There is no mount for an external lighting. If the cam doesn't have built-in light, fine, then at least build-in a mounting for an external one. It's something that should be handy for recording in darker environments. Pro: 1> 70x optical zoom. This is the best feature of this camcorder. Probably the reason why you are taking an interest in this item. 2> At this high zoom, image becoming unstable and shaky is inevitable. But the integrated optical image stabilizer is the second best feature on this camcorder. At high optical zoom, image looks very stable, although not perfect. But compared to other comparable major brand camcorder that I have tested, this thing trumps them all when it comes to stability technology at high optical zoom. 3> The LCD menu screen is very easy to navigate through, you may not even need the owner's manual to use its full capability. 4> Although images are not HD quality, it is quite impressive even at max optical zoom. Other: There is a noticeable clicking noise from the hard drive when switching to different operating modes. Also, if submitted to a slight jolt, you can hear hard drive parts make noise even the camcorder is off. Hard drive performs just fine though, but it still gives the feeling that there is something wrong with it. Definitely try out the display models in the store before committing to purchase.
Most Liked Negative Review
amazing video, horrible still
You can't find a camera with the same amount of optical zoom as this camera! The quality of the videos is amazing!!! Still shots, on the other hand, are...Read complete review
You can't find a camera with the same amount of optical zoom as this camera! The quality of the videos is amazing!!! Still shots, on the other hand, are horrible....with .3mp, they are almost always blurry. I took the advice of the guy selling the cameras. He knew I needed the dual function of a camcorder and still shots, but neglected to let me know about the quality of the pics. Also, there is no flash, and the review of stills doesn't allow you to zoom. I'm very disappointed with the salesman because I was excited about an all-in one. I'm very upset with the still quality, but am super impressed with the HD quality of the video. Lesson learned. I also think it's too highly priced for the single capability.
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great camera - not so great software
from Washington, DC, USA
Comments about Panasonic Blue 80GB Hard Disk Drive Camcorder:
We've owned ours for over 3 years and used it extensively. It does a great job of recording - our only negative being that it does not do as well as some in a moving vehicle. It does a great job both indoors and outdoors otherwise, and we have used it many times to record school concerts and plays from the back of a darkened auditorium with wonderful results. The camera connects readily to a PC and pops up like any external storage device so you can copy photos on or off easily. Our major negative is that video recordings on the disk are not in a standard format so they can be copied directly onto other devices (like a PC) and played. They must first be imported via Panasonic's software and then saved off in a usable format. This was fine until our PC died. The new PC is Win 10 and won't load the old software, and the link on Panasonic's site to download software doesn't work. So now we can't share our videos. All would have been averted if the camera recorded MP4's like the advertising says it does. And then the review would have been a perfect 5!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from panasonic video camera is good,
panasonic video camera is good.one problem in camera display always show maximum yellow.
(1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Best Gift Ever
Fantastic quality! Not the same as a 1080p one, but it is satisfying. Buy it. Now
Great Standard Camcorder
from Bartlett, Illinois
Ease of use, no need to convert MPEG format, Great
(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from Bronx, NY
Though the picture quality is not high def as we have become use to, the camcorder delivers good pictures. The storage size is excellent. My only problem was that the battery had to be removed to use the power cord. That was just ridiculous! Anyway, I love it and would recommend it to anyone.
Great overall Camcorder
from Orange County, California
Pro: I received this camcorder as a baby shower gift. The camcorder has a excellent hard drive size and all the features are very nice. The 70x optical zoom is real nice but hard to hold steady while zoomed in, but the picture is still very clear.....no pixel looking picture, all optical. Con: Only way to upload your videos to your computer is the mini usb behind the battery. I wish they would of gave us a couple of options to upload with. And the biggest con is picture quality. For this price camcorder it is great but the videos kind of look like they did back in the day of 8mm and VHS-C. In a world of Hi-Def TV and Blue ray we get kind of spoiled with great picture quality. I guess if you want Hi-Def videos, you should buy a Hi-Def Camcorder. Overall this camcorder is super easy to use and a great buy
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Reno NV
Very easy to use, compact and nice. The zoom is great and the video quality is OK. It does not have a remote control and this can be bad if you want to take videos while the camcorder is on a tripod or when you want to view the videos on the television. But the easy of use pays all the dollars spendt. Also the software includes is very easy to use and allows to do simple video tasks in a easy way. If you need to do more complex tasks you need a more complex software.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
from West Chester, PA
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(22 of 24 customers found this review helpful)
Love this camcorder.
from Riverton, Illinois
Hello, I didn't want to buy this camcorder before i read some reviews but i could not find any. So i took a chance and bought it anyway, The camcorder is simple to use with out even reading the manual, the zoom lens is just great, you can zoom all the way out with very little hand shake. You can go to youtube and see some zoom tests, just type in sdr-h80. so dont be scared of this camcorder its probably on of the best things that i have bought, home run for Panasonic.
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