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Very good entry HD camcorder
on 24 June 2010
I did a lot of research before buying this camcorder, and I'm pleased with the result.
For me, it has the important features: AVCHD HD video, wide-angle lens, huge 25x optical zoom and advanced Power Optical Imaging Stabilisation.
I am really impressed with how well it copes in low level light (something my old camcorder didn't) and how well the image stabilisation works - even at 60x zoom the result is acceptable. The picture quality is very good, with smooth playback of action shots.
Having had a mini DV tape-based camcorder previously, the convenience of SD cards is great.
It is also very small and light, with a good range of available manual settings, not usually found at this price point.
It doesn't have a viewfinder and no progressive recording, just interlaced, and I didn't find the stills very impressive. It certainly won't replace my Ricoh Caplio R7 compact camera.
The wind noise canceller is also not particularly effective.
In conclusion, if you want a point-and-shoot camcorder that's very portable, shoots high quality HD video and has a very impressive combination of wide-angle lens, big zoom and effective image stabilisation, this is the camcorder to get.