Summary: My 1st camcorder: PV-L857. After 2 years of very light use the lens started making loud clicking noise when zoomed. My 2nd camcorder: PV-GS150. After 1.5 years of light use the camcorder started to lose focus in auto mode (with clean lens).
Summary: Great camera, but you cannot use the image stabilization feature in the wide screen mode. The GS250 allows you to do so, but is a significant jump in price. If you are doing video editing or watching the videos on a wide screen TV, think seriously about getting this camera.