Summary: Suits very well for average consumers. Editing can be a little hassle though. But, I least I can save money by not having to buy tapes. I definitely would recommend this for serious editors like myself. The software that came with it stinks. Every time I try to get into it, it kicks me out. When I shoot 16:9, it still shows up as full frame on the computer. I think it's because of the .mod format.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Summary: Very compact; light weight; battery adequate for most normal 1 hour shooting situations; excellent zoom range and control appear easy to use.No viewfinder! Only viewing option is with the pull-out LCD panel! Not only does this create bulk by having the panel out all the time BUT it also uses up a lot of battery power! I didn't know this was the only viewing feature when I bought this camera sight unseen... My mistake.
Pros: Extremely Compact, Great bargin for price
Cons: Inadequate Features, Only has LCD viewfinder