Summary: Bought it for my father-in-law and he loves using it especially the huge hard-drive, but that comes with a price and that's bulk. I'm a minimalist so I personally like the flash memory based camcorders. Still, for SD, this camcorder is good.
Summary: This is our first camcorder. We spent a lot of time researching and reading reviews before making our selection. We want to thank each of you who took the time to write a review on this site, believe me when I say it greatly influenced our decision. The camera is light weight and easy to hold. The screen size is very good for "old eyes" and we really like the touch screen feature. Do take the time to download and read the owners manual.
Summary: I'm not a professional, so this camcorder is the best thing since sliced bread. I'd rather write a review that someone can actually read and get some value from, so if you're one of those people that insists on comparing everything to an extremely expensive pro camcorder, just stop reading now and go away. If you want something that will shoot crisp clear video footage of your family and life experiences, this is the camcorder for you.
Summary: Pros: Easy to use, direct connection to your pc by usb, sharp video and photos. Cons: battery life, you need a spare for sure, Zooming is only 20X, but this is not a big problem if you don't want to catch a man on the moon.
Summary: I have had this camera for over four months. I bought it primarily to record my daughter's various performances. I was concerned about recording in low light, the sound quality and ease of downloading, as well as the actual quality of the video. I would give it 5 stars for everything, except the sound quality, which is good, but not great. I don't think you can expect the quality to be great without separate recording equipment.
Summary: The camera takes nice, sharp video and can survive a 60-70mph downhill skiing journey at 10 degrees F (not sure what the windchill was, but it was cold!) and still function like a champ. If I had to choose one feature to complain about, it would be the auto-focus...blurs the image too often and takes 10-45 seconds to clear up in some situations. Our video of Xmas morning was quite blurry at times (as were my eyes : )..
Summary: Very light weight, easy to use. I was a little surprized that I would have to turn a knob in order to do still photos, (and hence exit video mode,) but otherwise, it's been good. Haven't really tested the still photo feature since it is somewhat inconvenient, and I haven't gotten used to it yet. Am having difficulty with the auto focus feature, not focusing all the time in the "easy" mode.