"Great video at a disposable camera price!"5.0 starson by Gray_Lensman
Pros: Basically what the others have said plus :Intuitive/easy to operate, great quality video---if you know what you are doing, extremely convenient to carry.
Cons: Portability and slimness of design are emphasized over ergonomics---you'll have to develop a shake-free hold;
Summary: I got mine at a pre-Christmas sale w/ free extra battery & shipping. Price was around $150 TOTAL, hence the "disposable" comment.
Yes, its true the zoom sucks, but its digital nor optical, so it should be avoided at all costs anyway. I found the low light capability reasonable. It will allow you to take ambient light urban streetshots with ease.
I don't know about the onboard microphone as I use an external mike simply to take advantage of the STEREO capability. Good video w/poor sound is silly. Spring the extra bucks for a decent stereo microphone to go with the good video.
I've had lots of experience with a miniDV camcorder (since 1996) and this little gem blows away that old technology ($150.00 vs $2000.00!!!) at a price point that near anyone can afford. In addition, this little sweetie can be carried all the time without you looking like staff from National Geographic. In fact, I am sure with a little effort it could be concealed for covert use, especially w/a wireless microphone. I carried mine around in my "around the neck credentials pouch" at a recent trade show. The only thing that showed was the external microphone I had clipped to the top, until I slipped it out to use.
Batteries run out too fast for you? Carry extras. A stack of them is smaller than a Tic-Tac box. Same w/digital storage---spring for the 32 gig SD. May want to get a mini tripod, too---and the remote!
No, you can't turn off the rear sreen, but it can be covered easily enough. So can the RED "I'm recording!" light on the front. ;)
Being a retro-guy from where 8mm film was the standard, this thing is truly 21st Century tech.