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.
Summary: Terrific camera. I have made over 100 videos and uploaded them to YouTube. You can zoom in from 100 yards away and you can zoom in on small objects from one foot away and get great clarity and definition.
Excerpt: I am a stay at home mom of 2 young children. I had been using my digital camera to snap quick video clips when the kids do something adorable that I want to cherish! I decided for Mother's Day a couple years ago that I wanted an easy-to-use digital camcorder so that I could capture longer clips and not be confined to the allotment of my digital camera. My requirements were that it be as easy to use as my digital camera, and that it not be too expensive.
Excerpt: This is the very first camcorder I own and I am quite satisfied with it. In terms of size, it is not very compact compared to other camcorders on market. However, I have big hands and thus I don't mind about the size (its size actually makes things easier for me). It has 34x zoom -- perfect for auditorium events although the image can be very shaky when you zoom to the max.
Incredible Standard Definition Camcorder, but has minor flaws.
9 September 2012
Excerpt: It has many features. Zoom is incredibly good, anti-shake filter works nicely, and battery life is pretty nice. It also has a tripod mount, and the video looks nice when mounted on it. BUT. The Aspect ratio is not 16:9, it is 3:2. Which you have to stretch to 16:9. Therefore, when you edit the video it will look slightly funny. The codec is by far the wierdest I have come across. An H.264 AVI crossover of some sort. It is called SEDG. Very wierd.