Summary: Very pleased with the camcorder, have had it 2 months. It has been outstanding in every aspect. I was considering the panasonic 3 chip recorders, but ended up buying this unit. The big factory was the 30X Zoom lens.It really paid off. The battery life is fantastic. I use the video light, it doesn't effect the battery life that much, but really is necessary for lower light. This is the 4th camcorder I have owned. I really liked how comfortable it is to hold.
Summary: Good price, and lots of features... but disappointing video quality. Yes, it has USB transfer to PC, but taking that approach (instead of DV/1394/Firewire) is clunky. The door covering the USB/Firewire connection is attached with a flimsy rubber band that surely won't last over time. The included video transfer & editing software is *terrible*. User manual is barely comprehensible -- poor content, poorly edited English. Support (updated drivers, software, etc.