Summary: I have previously owned Sony and Panasonic camcorders. I bought this one beacuse of its small size. I am impressed with the quality of Video that this camcorder can make. I have made DVD's of my vidoe recordings and people who saw the video commented with a "Woh!!!" I am giving it 4 stars because it does not have a audio input. I wanted an audio input to record directly from a mic in case of a stage performance.
Summary: I have been a fan of Sony for a long time. In fact, I bought this camera to replace my Sony Handycam Hi8 that was 11 years old and still worked great. This camera is definitely the right purchase. The only reason I did not rate the camera a 5 is for two things: 1. The location of the zoom button is a little awkward under your finger. Probably because the camera is very small, but it probably could have been placed a bit better. It does get a little uncomfortable. 2.