Summary: Camcorder works well. Big problem with moving the video files to PC and editing is almost impossible. The software that comes with the product never would load to my PC. No PC that I have tried can recognize the file types used by Panasonic. I was finally able to to view and edit the video files on Windows 7. I guess XP can't really handle these files.
Summary: Zooming in close is fun but it takes practice to hold a steady shot. I used this to record a friends music videos. The sound is surprisingly OK. The images turned out quite nice. This is a good consumer camera. I do not like the fact that you may need special software to upload some files and that software does not work with windows XP. Also I lost the disc or else I never received one. There is no sound input other than the microphone.