Summary: I used to work in tv, and have extensive experience of video cameras. This little jvc promises so much, yet somehow fails to deliver. Three things really irritate, and make it almost useless. 1. The zoom is jerky mechanically and electrically. And the steady shot doesn't really help either. [When can we have smooth motorised zoom - like we had 20 years ago on analogue cameras the size of a wardrobe?] 2.
Summary: YouTube integration, face detection, "laser touch" buttons, 20x optical zoom... these got me second-guessing how great I thought my Canon VIXIA HG20 AVCHD 60 GB HDD Camcorder with 12x Optical Zoom was. The first thing that grabbed me about this camera was the "One Touch YouTube" feature. I had been impressed with the YouTube integration on the Flip cameras, and thought the idea of a high-quality straight-to-YouTube camera would be cool.
Summary: I like the size. It is very compact. But this is where the good ends. The image quality is not so good, certainly not worth the money. The zoom is kind of jumpy, and low light performance is nonexistent. Even at the highest quality setting, the video quality is still so poor and grainy. In short it is a total disappointment.