Excerpt: My husband just bought this camcorder for me for Christmas, and I love it. It takes great videos, is easy to use and has so many options. This camcorder is also a camera, and take amazing pictures! iT HAS A 78x ZOOM.
Summary: Bought this camera as a replacement for a SONY Hi8. Overall happy with the camera when price is factored in. Picture quality is good (similar to 8mm, standard definition) if lighting is strong i.e. outdoors or well lit inside. Quality reduces drastically in lower light levels. Zoom is excellent and so is image stabilization. Audio is also good. Very easy to use in AUTO mode and battery life seems lengthy. Custom settings are vast but not very intuitive.
Summary: I was impressed with the quality of this product on opening the box. It's aesthetically pleasing, and nice to handle. As a first-time purchaser of a camcorder, I thought the Instruction manual could have been a little more clear (It took several reads to really get the hang of what I was doing).
Summary: I bought this camera about 3 months ago and I took it to Vienna for a weekend. Throughout the weekend I did not need to charge the battery once. This was great considering I used it a lot. I have not seen the results yet, so I am reluctant to give an overall verdict. Recording was very easy; you simply open the screen and press record. Zoom in and out if required. To put it on the computer was not so easy.