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.
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.