Summary: I purchased this camcorder used, with nothing but a battery on its back. I had a 10 year old Canon ZR60 which went dead in the middle of recording and I needed to get video off some miniDV tapes and finish my project as inexpensively as possible. I purchased a battery charger separately, and for under $100 I was much better off. This camcorder is similar to my old zr60, so there is no learning curve.
Excerpt: Not one complaint about this product...very useful and user friendly! I have a little girl and have captured many memories with this camcorder...first steps, etc. It goes everywhere we go...on vacation, to the amusement park, etc. Battery life is good...not the best but it will last you a few hours of recording. Picture qualtiy is great, audio is great and ability to hook right into your TV is really nice too!