Summary: Good camera, no doubt about it. BUT you may consider that if you shoot in 24F or 30F mode, the tapes can only be played back in the camera itself. 24F and 30F modes record the signal in a Canon's proprietary way, and cannot be red in ANY deck or camera available in the market today. You can not shoot and deliver the tapes to any editing facility. I couldn't believe this, until I called to Canon technical support center, and the technician confirmed that to me.