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My only comment is that the guy in the shop was mistaken.... sort of. This camcorder can use either DVD-RAM discs (re-writable), or DVD-R (write once). It is true that DVD-RAM isn't widely supported by set top DVD players (and is primary, though not only, Panasonic). But DVD-R can be played by virtually any player.
On the other hand, if you were to go for a Sony DVD model, it uses -RW or +RW as a re-writable format... which is more widely supported.