Summary: The camera does everything that I want. My only quibble is with the software that comes with the camera. For some reason it only allows you to transfer video from tape using the I-Link connection. Other than that I am very happy with the camera. I actually would give it four stars but can't change my original post.
Summary: This camera is easy to use, the battery lasts long enough but I was expecting a better quality picture. I have used it for about 2 weeks, shooting about 60minutes of film. For the price I think it is a good buy. The zoom is great!
Summary: I dont understand why Sony did not include the firewire/iLink cable with this as without it you cannot transfer video to a computer. I had to shop separately for the cable once i discovered this. that's painful..