Summary: The only reason I gave it a three star rating is I am withholding judgement until I become thoroughly familiar with the equipment. One thing I disliked immediately: The camera with 18-200mm lens is too heavy to handle with one hand.
Excerpt: I spent 2 years saving up for a camera like this, and spent hours researching and found this to be the an amazing camera. I bought it and loved it for about two days until I shot a wedding. I was reviewing the footage and found it to be REALLY grainy, and distracting.
Excerpt: I bought this camera to film athletic events (mostly track and field). I wanted to move up a notch from a regular camcorder. The camera feels great. Definitely no easier to use than DSLR for video as a mater of fact without controls directly for ISO and Shutter speed could be tougher to learn.
Pros: Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance