'The Canon Vixia HG21 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too.'
'The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there.'
'great video and image quality'
'translucent black and burnt amber gradient color scheme'
'Aside from the improved aesthetics of the SW21, Panasonic has also beefed up the mechanism for securing the watertight doors over the various ports. '
'It's better to avoid taking still photos with the SW21 entirely.'
'Zoom is too fast.'
'It also survived a dip in the Coney Island ocean and a nice video session underwater in a bathtub with Mr. '
'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'
'Best deal around with this feature set.".'
'slightly awkward controls'
'Pricey for a standard-def camcorder'
'port cover is hard to open unless you access it with the LCD screen open, and the thin plastic strips that secure it to the body are highly susceptible to snapping off.'
'The DC50 is also easy to use, with the Joystick exposure control, Quick Start, and Horizontal Marker -- all in a stylish and easy-to-use design.'
'In theory, this top-end DVD cam with an MSRP of $999 should marry the best of Panasonic's MiniDV 3 chip performance with the ease and convenience of the DVD format.'
'This is the best DVD camcorder I have tested to date.'
'this feature-packed camcorder captures video with strong, accurate colors'
'Joystick control doesn't slide through manual options, instead requiring.'
'The picture looks a little oversaturated'
'While the menu is great for navigating a menu, it's a poor interface for making fine adjustments to focus.'
'Stills are recorded to discs and unfortunately are fairly poor.'
'The DCR-DVD105 is easy to use while shooting, and just as easy to figure out when you first get your hands on the unit.'
'rampant edge crawl, noise, and motion artifacts.'
'rampant edge crawl, noise, and motion artifacts'
'So, unsurprisingly, the DVD205's video and still quality mimics that of the DVD305; they're pretty mediocre, with rampant edge crawl, noise, and motion artifacts.'
'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.'
'poor battery life'
'Very good sound.'
'In "Automatic," the white balance makes for slightly cool blue images.'
'Intense stair-stepping was visible, a problem that did not occur with such severity in similarly priced DVD camcorders.'
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