Summary: The HD video is good, the size is good, the optical zoom ratio is amazing. Plan on maybe editing some sound onto a real quiet scene, as the zoom button makes enough noise to intrude--probably indicative of sensitive mic which is a good thing if you can leave the zoom alone. The resolution of the still images is poor by today's Point-And-Shoot camera standards, but probably as advertised in the literature.
Summary: This was an absolute deal! Our daughter got this for Christmas as she is a budding indie filmmaker and is very pleased with the bundle. She is young so we felt we needed to have her start with a basic affordable unit and this fit our needs perfectly. She has used is already and the ease of use is already apparent. We were concerned about the height of the tripod at first but it seems to be great especially since it will sit table top as well.
Summary: Bought for my son as a Christmas gift. He is expecting a new baby. He was thrilled with it. Already called and has been reading ab out it and playing with it so he's ready when his first child is born.
Summary: The camera is great and the accessories are a really good deal. The only thing about the whole package is the carrying case, the camera barely fits in it and there're no pockets for the charger. However, the entire package was still worth the price even if I need to buy a bigger carrying case.