Summary: I've barely even used this camera, since I just bought it, but I wanted to warn people about it. Despite no warnings on the box, the camera requires installation of an Application to get videos off the camera onto the computer (pictures come off just fine on their own... sort of). However, this software application is ONLY compatible with windows, so if you've got a Mac, don't bother buying this camcorder!!!
Summary: This is not a bad camcorder as far as the optics; however, the instruction manual and video editing software (PIXELA) are worthless. It should be noted that battery life isn't close to the spec sheets and the battery indicator is not very accurate. I also purchased after market batteries. The camcorder keeps warning that they are not supported, which is annoying and the battery meter doesn't work with them very well.