Summary: But I can see the noise issues that keep coming up in reviews. I've purchased plenty of high-end gear in the past and read reviews prior to purchasing. For everything I have purchased there has always been something someone has complained about. Most of the time I never see the issue so I don't worry about it and when I hear things like there are noise issues with this camera I basically blow it off.
Summary: I received my order from amazon yesterday and immediately started playing with it. The default video quality setting is too low and I was about to ship it back as it wasn't much better than my old digital8 from Sony. By playing around in the menus, I found the top quality setting, which appears to be about as good as the highly-compressed high definition feeds from satellite TV. Unfortunately, the record time is a ridiculous 13-15 minutes per mini-DVD.