Summary: Best experience was at my son's middle school concert. Was not very pleased with the image stabilizer at only a short zoom. Sound was descent. Mediocre ease of use. Horrible software. Drains the battery fast. I ended up getting the Panasonic SDR-H18 and it seems to have been a better buy.
Summary: Bought this as I was into the hard drive spec and hoped I could drag and drop digital video files onto the mac, but you cannot do that, computers do not use the file format JVC have chosen. Basically you play the camera in real time to import which is a bit disappointing. The camera is slow, slow to start up etc, when using it with kids you find you usually miss the shot.