'It has a 34x optical zoom which is pretty good for this price range.'
'Compared to other consumer camcorders on the market, it is very inexpensive at around $270..'
'extremely sharp pictures'
'Poor video and photo quality.'
'two robust recording formats'
'Transfer images to your computer in a flash with the built-in high speed USB 2.0 connection.'
'ridiculous 1200x digital zoom'
'1.2 megapixel effective sensor resolution'
'Anyone who's used to MiniDV may find the results disappointing, but casual users may well feel that the convenience of straight-to-DVD recording more than compensates.'
'does not include a full manual control mode'
'the software is not that great'
'the DZ-BD70A suffers from some unfortunate problems, mostly with the surprisingly poor picture quality.'
'awkward navigation controls'
'Placing the menu button on the left side, and not on the rear with the joystick, was a design mistake.'
'Fair-to-middling video quality overall'
'It offers simple to use features, and auto modes that will make it easy for beginners to get started.'
'images clearly displayed on the 2.7" wide LCD/color viewfinder.'
'The automatic controls on the SC-DC164 were poor, either jarring in their adjustments, or as in the case of focus sometimes unable to make a proper adjustment at all.'
'Every other major manufacturer ??? Sony, Canon, and Panasonic ??? offer DVD camcorders that are significantly better in some, if not all, regards.'
'The DZMV780A's still-image quality is abysmal.'
'high-quality and high-efficiency MPEG2 video recording technology'
'no built-in flash'
'Supports manual focus'
'However, on the flip side, the signals sound extremely clean.'
'viewing and transferring of data can still be troublesome because the DVD-RAM discs require special DVD-RAM compatible DVD players for viewing and dubbing.'
'The manual focus control on the DZ-MV730 is its worst manual control and is practically unusable.'
'The video quality is equally poor, however.'
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