Summary: I purchased this camcorder a few weeks ago and it has been great. I didn't need any extra programs to D/L to my computer. It even loads straight to YouTube if you so desire. I have nothing but good to say about this item. I have already recommended it to friends.I would have given it 5 stars, but the battery only last about an hour and a half, but that's not a bad thing, soon to order a better battery for longer recording.
Summary: The camera is very easly to use, small, lightweight. I don't have software for the camera (it had to be ordered separately), so I can't speak to how well it works with the camera and the ease of making DVD's from recordings. From what I know about the camera so far, I really like it and most importantly my wife likes it.
Summary: Even though I haven't done a lot of comparisons, the image quality on this unit seems spectacular for the cost. I bought another battery for it that gives me 5 hours of record time, which is far more than I will ever need at one go, but it's great for vacations in that I don't have to constantly worry about battery life and where to plug in and recharge. Get the big battery! My main complaint is the navigation on the flip out screen. Its clunky and imprecise.