Summary: Top cons: sub-par still pictures(can't compare to D-SLR), not easy to shoot (open the panel first). I would not recommend this to friends - bought this as a gift, and they used it only occasionally. For what it is priced (bought at $550, now probably still $300), doesn't worth it at all!
Summary: Regular quality camcorder. It makes average quality pictures and video, but for the price they sold it meets these expectations. The only complain I have is it does not come with any memory card, and it is absolutely required.