Summary: If you are like me, and starting to venture into Film making, this can be a great starter camera. It has many of the features a professional camcorder has, but seriouly lacks in film-quality. While it's do-able for the beginner, if you want a professional camera with HD clear picture, this is not your camera. It's great for Web TV with some editing, the picture looks horrible on a TV screen.
Summary: I know this camera is a favorite of most people out there, but I have used this camera and was not super impressed. It is a pretty damn good camera, don't get me wrong, and for the price, it is very competitive. Price aside, I would recommend either the Canon XL1 or the Panasonic DVX-100 over this camera.