Summary: I really like the size and weight of the camera. It is very easy to use and the picture quality is pretty good. I had to return the cam because the motor noise is unacceptable. I recorded some scenes while skiing and the whiny noise is very noticeable, even outdoors. All the other reviewers claiming the cam records motor noise are dead on. I will spend a bit more money and get the Sony HCR-DC96 instead.