This camera takes outstanding video. I couln't believe how crisp, clear, and colorfull everything turned out. The zoom is great. I have dropped mine a few times. After dropping it, the focus seemed to be off, but all I had to do is disconnect the batterry and reconnct it to bring it back to normal. I probably won't ever use the battery that came with it, it is way to small. I ordered larger ones when I bought the camera that last about 4 hours. I also bought a charger that charges the batterry from the wall outlet or car dc outlet. The camera only comes with a usb cord that charges the batterries while they are on the camera, which is lame, but I forgot my wall charger on my last vacation and used the usb to camera connection to charge the batterries with know problem. A ac wall outlet to usb adapter is great if you don't want a computer running to charge it. It would be nice to have a remote control for playback prior to burning to disk, but it was easy enough to play back video straight from the handycam to my grandparents tv using the included mini hdmi to hdmi cord that comes with the camera and using the buttons on the handycam. Everything about this camera was super easy to use. An older person without skills will most likely not have a problem operating this camera. I was debating on ordering the sony and two other brands, but after reading the reviews on how hard it was for people who bought those other cameras to change the format to something compatible to play on a dvd player, I decided to go with the sony. Do your research. If your like me, you want something that works and doesn't make your head hurt trying to figure it out. I am definately glad I decided to go with this camera and hope to take tons of home videos so our family can enjoy the memories later.
I bought this camcorder to take on a vacation my grandson and I took. It is small and compact with a strap to put your hand through when taking videos. We went to an antique car and plane museum and I took a lot of footage for my husband with the descriptions to go with it. My husband enjoyed our trip through this camcorder.
I bought this as my first camcorder, and it is just awesome. So far i've had it for a few days, and it is working fine.
Pros: Can be charged off of a usb charger you use for an Ipod, or even from your computer.
Great quality and microphone.
Very easy to use, and get started with.
Lightweight, and very small.
Very cool design
Zoom is awesome.