Summary: The picture quality is excellent but, after the third use of recording for just one hour each, the spindle wheel that moves the tape is now clicking making the tape stop shortly as its recording leaving the picture on the playback mode jerky like an old fashion movie. this is occurring on the SP mode, It doesn't occur on the LP mode, so that's how I'm using this camcorder now, so that way I don't have a jerky recording and playback.
Summary: I have the Ultra Zoom version of this and it's just a pain. The little on/off knob that you twist to record or play constantly turns on when you put the camera in the bag, so you almost never have a battery that you can use when you need it. (you can't plan baby's first anything, so this is useless.
Summary: I've had this camcorder for quite some time now and so far so good. Tapes are easy to put in and take out, does use a lot of battery power, but you get two batteries so basically 2 hours worth or record. You can also place a memory card in for taking pictures...the pictures when developed do NOT turn out well at all. But if you just want the pictures to put online or send to family then they are good.