Summary: Hard to tell this was refurbished, as aside from the lack of packaging, it certainly appears brand new in all respects. Pretty simple to use. Battery life is less than I expected, but not a show stopper.
Summary: So far this is working great! I was worried about the refurbished model at first, but it takes great video and doesn't seem to be damaged in any way. The only thing to beware of, is that for some reason there was an additional label on the outside of the box that read "JVC Camcorder".