Summary: Unfortunately, I dropped by 2009 Xacti camera (unknowingly) in the sand, on the beach. After we recovered it, several hours late, it was ruined beyond repair; sand and surf had killed it! Since I was used to the operation of this camera, I wanted one just like it. Hence, we ordered the new, improved model. It's a joy to own and operate; I look forward to making more memories on film, using this outstanding camcorder!!
Summary: I had a camera like this before and it burned out on me. And they discontinued it... and as soon as they discontinued it, the price jumped up sky high! I was thankful to find this product at a reasonable price. The Sellers are WONDERFUL AND DELIVERED EXACTLY WHAT I WAS EXPECTING! They went above and beyond my satisfaction! And i am thankful!
Summary: Overall, the video and picture quality is good. You can really see issues when you zoom in as the zoom is digital, so you are loosing pixels as you increase the zoom. It is also irritating that I had to go online to download the user manual, and the link given in the "directions" included in the box was incorrect. The cover over the memory card slot is about as poorly designed as it can be, and I doubt it will be long before it breaks.
Summary: Not the best at night or in dim lighting, but excellent in well lit areas. Motion shots are beautiful. Great range of features include action shots and HD 1080 ranges. At the price I could not say no. I would replace this only for action mounted cameras like Go Pro since its's too awkward to use like an action cam, but is wonderful on a tripod taking time lapse.