Summary: So far everything works fine and the picture is great. The 3 speed zoom option is great and all the picture settings are really easy to navigate. They are two cons however with this cam. The first one is the short batt. Life, but I knew that before buying so I got a bigger batt. The other big con is with viewing the LCD screen on the sunny day. Let me warn you, you won't be able to see anything on the LCD, forget about it.
Summary: I'm going to keep this short. Other reviewers have pointed out the many great things about this camcorder, and there are many. Unfortunately, there is one deal breaker for me, and I'm absolutely shocked that more people haven't mentioned it.....the lens is not wide angle enough!! I bought this a week ago to take on vacation.