Summary: Camera works okay. Good price for a video camera that creates DVDs. DVDs make it simple to use (coming from mini DV tapes). But, compared to my last Canon mini DV video camera, the picture is not quite as crisp and the steady shot does not work as well. Also, because the DVDs are obviously larger than the mini DVs, this camera is not as easy to hold / doesn't fit into my hand as well. But, it works, and I'm happy to have it.
Summary: For its current price it is an awesome alternative to pricier models - it is attractive to international buyers but beware of the fact that it will not produce PAL - compatible DVD's for you. 1 Megapixel is plenty for web use like YouTube etc. but not so muh for big screen viewing pleasure.
Summary: The good side of this camera is the weight. I carried it almost 80% following the kid through a parade and my arm didn't get tired. The steadiness was great - no real shaking from the walking (almost running) to keep up. I can't say much about the lighting, the street lights were amber so it gave a bad hue. I blame the street lights for that, not the cam, but it wasn't as dark as I thought it would be. You could still see faces. I've never had to initilize a disc.