Summary: This camcorder has all the features that I need and recommend on a model - all offered at an excellent price. Aside from video quality (which Canon and Sony dominate) the most important feature that I need is to shoot in both MP4 for zero processing and fast upload to YouTube and the Blu-ray quality AVCHD Progressive for processing and longer rendering. This camera has them both.
Summary: I've seen reviews all over the board when it comes to this camcorder. I'm going to write my review as a basic user, not as a person who uses cameras on a pretty regular basis and uses DSLR cameras, etc.... Charging the battery takes a long time, especially when it has to be done twice. I'm not sure if it wasn't plugged in correctly or what but it finally got charged and pretty much took the entire evening. Putting the battery in was a little tricky but I did it.