Summary: I guess the old saying is true, you get what you pay for. Amazon's description (as well as many other site's) says this camera has "720p HD Video Recording". This is not true. The highest resolution this has is 640X480 interlaced. Neither the packaging nor Vivitar's site ever claims it's 720p HD, so I guess it's partly my fault for not doing my homework before buying. That being said, I've seen plenty of 480i recorders that shoot very good video.
Summary: I bought one of these digital camcorders and at first I was fairly impressed by how easy it was to use and the better than average video quality. Then I heard the audio... Or lack of it. Actually all I heard from the audio was a static hiss. Thinking I had gotten a bad camcorder somehow, I exchanged it for another. The second camera had the same problem. These camcorders either have a serious defect in the audio or Vivitar is using really low quality microphones in them.
Summary: I got my Vivitar DVR518 Digital Video Camcorder via - LiveSpan. I first had questions on shipping timelines. But, upon contact seeking that knowledge I was very impressed. Not only did I get (an) answer, I got (THE) answer. For a product of this quality, to sell for this price, is truly amazing & prompted me to enter (their domain) to see what else was their? Da' it's ON! This camcorder is everything that I want a camcorder to be.