Summary: This camera is unbelievable for its size. I couldn't believe the picture quality when I saw the results on a flat scree TV. I use this camera to video tape in Church because it is unobtrusive and does not call attention to itself. The built-in microphone is outstanding. The sound quality is superb at playback. I could buy a more expensive video camera if I wanted to, but this camera does what I need it to do, so why spend money needlessly?
Summary: I just received mine today and made a short cooking film while cooking dinner. This is a beautiful camcorder and still camera. It is small and fits the hand well. Looks like jewelry to me. It is perfectly quiet. I cannot hear it recording. Do not believe some reviews out there about noise. You can only hear it during fast forward and rewind. Big 1/3.4 inch CCD with Canon optics and color rendering image algorithms. Lots of manual options as well as auto.
Summary: I used one at a friends house filming their talks and I had fun filming on that camcorder, but it seems to have a battery issue, you need to pay more for a longer lasting battery for the camera.