This is the first video recorder i have ever owned. I agree with the positive remarks of the others who have commented, on amazon. Picture and sound quality are very impressive.
The picture quality for this camcorder is superb. I was very, very pleased with the product. It also does well under low light conditions and you can purchase a video dc light (cheap) to attach to the top of camcorder for low light and night shots. It does not have a built in light, but this does not seem to effect the image quality. I bought it to film and pop out the dvd to play on the dvd player. I can’t say much about the software since i probably won’t ever use it, but if you are looking for high-quality camcorder just for filming, i rate this one number 1 .
This was my first video camera. I do have 3 other still cameras and take a lot of pictures. I wanted a video camera where i could also take stills and not have to switch cameras. The panasonic d310 does this beautifully. 1 megapixel creates great still pictures and you can switch back to video right away. I found it easy to use, the stereo mic works great and is sensitive enough to pick up even muttered sounds (which you sometimes don’t want recorded). I bought an extra battery as i found one is not enough if shooting a wedding or family party. I am totally pleased with the enclosed software as i can edit my videos and put differen parts together before saving to a regular dvd. I would certainly recommend this product particularly to beginning video buffs.
This is a wonderful product. It is very easy to use and takes wonderful video.
I have compared this to the older vdr-d300 and this machine did not deliver any irl improvement over the older d300. Both feature three 1/6′ ccds, 10x optical zoom, and cold shoe. With the vdr-310 panasonic changed the look but little else. Its new body is attractive with a protruding lens barrel and matte gray disc hatch instead of the all-silver vdr-300d, but that’s really all the major change from the 300d to the 310d. And in the process it lost some very helpful features such as the flash. Don’t get me wrong, they are both great camcorders, but this model is not an improvement in any category, but rather a step down from the previous model, that is the reason for only three stars. The vdr 300 would get four stars from me. Read a detailed comparison on camcorderinfo.
Received this camcorder very quickly and as advertised. Had a special occasion for which i wanted to use the camcorder and was able to do so without reading any of the instructions including taping and playback – the operation and controls were pretty intuitive. Haven’t even played the dvd back yet on a tv but on the camcorder’s lcd screen the images looked like they had a lot of contrast which may have been due to the relatively low light. Good sound and easy review of the recorded videos so that i was able to play the movies back to my wife to show her everything she had missed. Looking forward to using it more and exploring the camcorder’s capabilities.
- Panasonic VDR-D310: Well worth the cost and the wait
- Enough Horsepower for the casual user
- Panasonic VDR-D310
I’ve been searching for what, for me, would be a versatile, quality digital camcorder for over a year, both online and in various local stores. I have not owned a camcorder before (although i’ve used a friend’s), devoting myself primarily to still photography with my nikon d70. I wanted high quality visual images, especially under conditions of available light indoors, as well as fine stereo sound. I wanted a camcorder that would produce good results when on ‘automatic’ but would also be readily customizable when conditions, or my desire to be creative, called for it. In the week and a half i have had the camcorder after ordering it from amazon, i have found the panasonic vdr-d310 to deliver all of the above, and then some. I have been especially impressed with its performance under lower lighting conditions (within reasonable ranges, of course). An indoor video i took just last night of my wife showing our 2-year-old granddaughter how to color with crayons, taken under available incandescent light, was warm and well exposed. The results were outstanding. Videos taken outdoors are superb. I have shown this camcorder’s videos on our new hdtv, and they sparkle there.
What i liked:using the ‘joystick’ to access the menus was easy and intuitive. No noise from the cd mechanism on your finished video. Plug-in for an external microphone. Worked well under low light conditions. Overall easy to use and operate. Dvd format is easy to play on your home entertainment system. What i didn’t like:you must use the charger/adapter to finalize a disk. The battery pack must be removed to access the camera plug-in for the charger. The built-in still camera is a joke, my old 2. If you intend to use your video for any other purpose, you video files must be converted to another format – this can be difficult and time consuming for the casual user. Overall impression:if you just want a solid, easy to use video camcorder, this will fit the bill.
Lots of options and great video quality. The camera functionality isn’t the greatest but its a camcorder not a camera. I was really suprized by the great performance of the low light functionality.
Features of Panasonic VDR-D310 3.1MP 3CCD DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 3-megapixel, 3CCD imaging system
- Multi-format recording; DVD-RAM, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-R compatible
- Leica Dicomar lens
- Large 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
- One-Touch Navigation for easy, intuitive setting and shooting