Originally Posted by californiajay
If the editing part of all this was something I could solve, I WOULD have tried a different camera! Of course I would question the sharpness issue. But, as I have mentioned more than once, there were 3 issues I had...sharpness, image stabilization (both of of which I had repeatedly stated not to be big issues at all) and the editing issues. NOT just sharpness. If it had been sharpness alone, I would have returned the camera and tried another one.
The OP asked for opinions. He did not ask for opinions that agreed with the published reviews. Even if he never has any need to bring the files into an editing program, I do feel that it is more valuable that he know the issues involved so that he can make an intelligent decision, just in case he changes his mind one day. Don't you? Or do you think it's more valuable to keep that hidden from him?
Should I have just kept my opinions to myself if they did not agree with say camcorderinfo's opinion? Or should I have checked in with you first?
Frankly you are seemingly finding all kinds of faults with me stating an opinion and I am wondering if what I have done was something that you took personally because you have had your prize camera criticized! This happens from time to time from people who find it difficult to accept criticizm of an expensive piece of merchandise that they have plopped down hard earned money for, and it also happens VERY often when someone talks this way to a rep. Do you work for Panasonic? Just curious!
Ah, the old 'do you work for Panasonic' question. Let's talk about being 'critical' of other's opinions.
If you know me Jay, you'd never ever have asked that question. I've been on AVS for many years and have no allegiance to any brand of anything
. I do video for a living, I have owned two Canon HD camcorders (HV10 & HV20), many Sony HD camcorders including their first consumer HD unit, many others after than and most recently the Sony XR500. I also owned until 2 weeks ago, the $3,500 HD prosumer Sony Z5. In fact Jay, this is my FIRST
Panasonic HD camcorder.
The last Panasonic camcorder I owned was an old S-VHSC Panasonic camcorder, the 150. Trust me Jay, I'm sure I have owned many many more HD camcorders than have you. I am surely no novice to this arena.
I say what I did because I know picture quality. I watch my results on an ISF calibrated 60" Pioneer Kuro plasma display, not a small uncalibrated computer monitor. The Panasonic 700 simply has the best PQ of anything out there, bar none...and that includes my $3,500 Sony Z5 (over 5lbs and several times the size of these small cams). After comparing the results of the 700 with my Z5, there was no point in my keeping the Z5 for what I was using it for.
What I am trying to get across to the OP is the fact that your opinion is more than in the minority, it's the only one of its type that I've read....the only one. I kid you not. I think the OP should know that.
You ignored what I said before when I asked if you went through the myriad of possible reasons you saw what you saw. I am not questioning your integrity, I'm questioning the accuracy of your finding. That's a big difference Jay.
Your conspiracy theories hold no water when every single professional review and virtually every owner review say differently. In fact Jay, I have never seen so many owners of OTHER
camcorders agreeing that the 700 has the sharpest, most resolute picture. I have never seen such universal agreement from so many circles in the video world agreeing that the 700's picture is the best. That says something.
No Jay, I don't question you, I question your findings. Something is wrong with something you did (equipment or procedures) that made you see what you saw. There is simply no other explanation. It's either that Jay or you're the only one that's right and everyone else is wrong. What makes more sense to you?