Summary: I've had several expensive Sony's and I use a Digital Camcorder on an Apple to create Video's and transfer old 8mm film. This camera is as good or not better than the sony's that tore up in a couple of years and cost $600-800 more......don't be fooled by the newer models, read and find out that this is as good as those costing a whole lot more....love it.
Summary: Bought the item as a gift for my wife. She will embark on a journey to Isreal in the coming weeks and it will be great to capture the beauty of the country via film and still photo's using this camera instead of conventional digital camera. Everything works great and it was a great buy compared to the cost in a store.
Summary: Recommended: Near professional image quality priced as cheaper camcorder; very solid construction, low light issues addressed, features make it complete television studio that fits in the palm of your hand.
Pros: Razorsharp images with lots of detail, lots of advanced controls& features yet easy for beginner.
Cons: Battery charges while on camera, some may dislike bottom loading tape