"Great for the price"3.5 starson by jerryhazard
Pros: Shoots MTS files, which are easily handled by Sony Vegas and Premiere CS5
Battery life is not unreasonable, about an hour or more of average use, zooming, reviewing, recording, menu hunting.
20x-good. 37mm thread is nice - key reason for my purchase.
Cons: ONLY shoots 1080i (interlaced, not progressive). This is not disclosed anywhere in the available documentation.
Image sensor not super crisp
Summary: Auto exposure is pretty good, plus you can adjust it.
Auto focus is fair, have not tried manual focus yet.
Menu navigation is not as bad as others would lead one to believe.
Videos have a rich feel to them - richer than my Toshiba Camelio model.
Instant on feature is nice.
Overall as easy a cam to use as any other. Fact that will not shoot 720p is a bit disappointing, it only shoots at 1080i (interlaced - not progressive) is sort of a bummer, but the quality is good enough that I don't mind (you might). Still images - either grabbed from videos, or shot in photo mode are not very good. Your cell phone takes better images - not an exaggeration. Last con to list: spare batteries are more expensive than comp - even grey market batteries. Beware and research first!
like most other cameras, don't even bother with the software included, its basically useless.
Windows movie maker, mpeg streamclip, and sony vegas will work great with these MTS files.
For the money - I was torn between a Camelio x100 by Toshiba, and this camera. I got both. This one shoot better quality video. The Camelio has more options as far as imags sizes go (720p @ 60fps). But for video quality and the ability to put a 37mm filter on this (for fisheye attachments and filters) - this is my pick, and depsite the few shortcomings, I am happy with this camera - would recommend it a friend shopping a similar price point.