Summary: I had purchased this camcorder earlier at Best Buy, for $100.00 more. When I saw this exact same one for $100.00 less, I grabbed it. Took back the one from Best Buy and am I glad. This camcorder is awesome. You cannot buy a camcorder with the features on this one for anywhere near this price. I just took it on a four day weekend trip and it performed perfectly. Many thanks to the seller for a prompt delivery and an outstanding product.
Conclusion: Optical zoom of 70X is just something amazing. This is offered in telescopes. i zoomed it on the surface of the moon and i could see the craters very clearly. the picture quality though is not great neither the video quality is out of this world. But still it is a very good camera. I like some of the features but a bigger memory would surely have been of much greater advantage.
Conclusion: 70X optical zoom, so this is really called ultra zoom camera. Even some basic telescopes do not offer this. The zoom quality is also quite good. I love its functioning. The video quality is quite average. At high zoom, stability is very important and this camera really offers that. The stability feature is just impeccable. The sound quality of the video is a bit of a concern. I would have preffered better sound. 60 gb HDD i like :) No worry of less memory or cassettes.
Conclusion: This one has an inbuilt memory of 8 GB, so you can do without a memory card. A lightweight camcorder, it comes with a 2.7 inch LCD display. Some say it is worth considering for its manual controls and powerful zoom lens and not for its video quality as such. This video quality is typical of what you can expect from any current camcorder.