"Great choice if you like to edit on PC"4.5 starson by M_L_Weiland
Pros: No disks/tapes, image quality, features
Cons: No viewfinder, low-res stills
Summary: Had bought a mini DVD camcorder, thinking that would be an easy way to get video from camera to computer for editing and backup in better than real time like a tape would require. The problem was reliability - as often as not the DVDs failed to write, and I lost some irreplaceable video as a result. So I exchanged the mini DVD and got the Everio. This hard-drive recorder is solid and it's very easy to copy the image files from camera to computer with USB 2.0. The files are MPEGs (though with a ".MOD" suffix, have to rename as .MPG for my editing tools to handle). Both video and stills (640 x 480 max) can go to the hard disk and/or an SD card. Video image quality is excellent -- no compression artifacts like with the mini DVD recorder -- and it will hold 4+ hours at that highest quality setting, Haven't felt a need to try the lower quality settings. The recording capacity TONS better than the 20-60 minutes on a mini DVD. Only quibble so far: no viewfinder, only the LCD screen; in bright light I'd prefer a viewfinder. Do get an extra battery since the disk holds 4+ hours but one battery only will give an hour or so. The CNET review about image stabilization is misleading -- it's fine at medium zoom levels, as good as any other camera. Can't expect IS to give rock-steady pictures hand-held at 33X zoom!