Summary: This was great when it was brand new. However, it feels very outdated now compared to other digital camcorders. I would not purchase one NEW at this point. A used one might still be worth it though.
Summary: While An improvement over my last camera, the version of this camera I received has this buzz on Audio. you'll probably need a dedicated Mic to get anything decent, but the audio jack on the back is either not for a mic, or requires a specific model that I am not aware of. Zoom is testy, and you'll need to mess with the settings to get best video quality--whcih is not reflected in that of the LCD monitor. Results will show differences than what you see on that screen.
Summary: My fiance and I purchased this a few months ago. Since then, we have taken it to every vacation and family holiday. It is excellent for recording family videos! Is not made for dark lights, but has worked great for what we needed it for. I would definitely reccomend this for anyone looking for an affordable video camera to record family videos with.