"Wonderful Features for Price!"5.0 starson by mikeyg36
Easy computer connection (Mac)
Low memory for price
Summary: This is a wonderful camcorder for its price class. It includes high end features that Sony camcorders could only dream of, yet it has a simplistic "auto mode" for novice shooters. The quality is amazing for its Class and the pictures are very good. The touchscreen swivels and rotates completely around for filming yourself. The design is compact and stylish with excellent button placement. It records in AVCHD which is an excellent HD video file to work with. It plays very well with a Mac, with iMovie and Final Cut. It also can download files directly to a PS3. It includes all necessary cables (component & composite) but the HDMI cable must be purchased separately. The touchscreen has a large learning curve and can be frustrating at times, but if you take it slow and make each press and swipe deliberate, it will work fine. The camera includes 8 GB of storage, expandable with an SD card. This is a little low for its price, but the features make up for it. The battery life is abysmal, although recording at the 17mbs setting leaves the battery life on par with the storage. So battery isn't an issue as you'll run out of recording space at the same time. If you can get over the screen, it is an excellent pro-sumer camcorder with professional options and features.