Summary: I bought this baby from Amazon and in May brought it with me to visit Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and Denmark). It did not fail me in any instances. I had beautiful pictures and videos in rain, snow, fog and panoramic views of Fjords. It works best in Auto.
Summary: User friendly camcorder. Very good video quality. A little worse in low light. Good sound with zoom function. Very useful touch screen (A +). Small, lightweight but with great potential. Easy to use. I really liked it.
Summary: I purchased this camera convinced that it was what I wanted. I have two JVC video cameras a HM200BU w/20x and a HD620BU at 30x. i always shoot from a tripod and always get beautifully focused 1080p from either one. You will not get that same focusing purity and consistency with the HM690BU.