Pros: Video quality is good. The 40x optical zoom allows you to film distant scenes. Image stills are of acceptable quality. Battery life was good, with DC charging, which means you don’t need to remove the battery pack to charge the device. Footage recorded in low light was discernable, even though there is no flash. The hand grips are ergonomically placed.
Cons: This model is quite bulky but lighter than most camcorders tested. We found the operating system slightly slow and the settings complicated and difficult to navigate. There’s no touch screen. It is Dolby certified and can capture sound in wide stereo, but our experts found the sound quality a bit tepid.