I just got this camcorder 1 week ago and I am having some issues with video quality. I am primarily a point-and-shoot user though I will make the manual adjustments if necessary and I know enough to do so at least.
My issue is with blurriness in the finer details of the background. I do most of my shooting outside while hiking with my dogs. Many of my shots are of landscapes and the pups. I took a test video (which I will upload raw somewhere later) and while the dogs running around look ok, the trees in the background are blurred together in most spots. I tried iA, scene mode and even some manual. This is output via composite directly to my TV to take the PC out of the equation. I suppose I expected better quality but I am still considering the possibility that there is some other issue. Any feedback from other owners?
p.s. I am shooting in the highest quality mode.
I have a few days to return the Panasonic and the Canon HF11/HG21 is still a consideration. However, I have not seen how my shots look on one of those cams yet. All the Vimeo/YouTube video in the world won't show how the cam performs at my amateur level. The Canons are also very poorly constructed whereas the Panasonic is rock solid so that is a concern. Don't get offended Canon owners. I know the Canon image quality is usually excellent but even the reviews support the fact that the rocker switch is crap, the plastic is cheap and the camera has an overall feel of cheapness to it. Still, my compact is a Canon and despite being poorly made it takes great pics for a compact (even though the LCD is 50% dead after 1 year).