Summary: I bought this camera over a year ago. It has not had that much use, nor has it been handled roughly. The size is very handy, but the battery life is dismal, 30 minutes if I'm lucky. Video quality is acceptable, but I've seen better on my old analog camcorder. Audio leaves a lot ot be improved. Its very susceptible to wind interference. A few months ago it started intermittently stopping in the middle of recording and jamming tapes.
Summary: The zooming feature on this camera I purchased went haywire. The camera would constantly zoom in on everything unless I held the W down, causing great annoyance. Other malfunctions such as on the LCD, the "no memory card inserted" symbol would light up even after its proper insertion and formatting.
I dislike this poorly made toy - audio, low light, more
Richard C. Drew "Anaal Nathra/Uthe vas Bethod..., Amazon
24 November 2002
Summary: I've had this camera for a month. I selected it for two reasons - the 28mm lens thread is the same as my Nikon CoolPix, so I can share lenses. This works great! 2) the compact size - I mount it on the same rig as my still camera for dual shoots. Good points: 1) Compact, light 2) Variable zoom works nice 3) Cool looking 4) Uses any 28mm threaded lens, like the CoolPix 995 5) Can capture video directly to the MMC card. Negatives: 1) Battery life.
Summary: when i first saw how grainy low light videos became i thought i was doing something wrong. i then exchanged this for a sony DCR-TRV840 and the difference is night and day. i say save yourself some trouble and buy a sony.
Summary: this one is like the zr 45mc. it has the high pitch motor noise being recorded and it is really irritating. recording will also appear grainy on low light or even indoor. use it only outdoor. buy sony to save you from trouble.