"Excellent Value..."4.0 starson by excalis
Pros: Great options for the money, you get two great media types to save files on, ease of use is excellent, and small and easy to carry.
Cons: No software for dvd editing, etc very basic package. Video quality is decent dont expect HD quality (remember the cost), No light source for night shooting, etc
Summary: I was about to purchase a MiniDV unit that would have cost the same amount as this unit total. I was glad I purchased this since I can use Mini-DVDs, and SD/MMC cards. It is nice to be able to use the flash card as they are now cheap and you get better quality video using it as well. I did not want to spend over 300 Dollars for a camcorder so I feel got alot for the money I spent. The minuses are really not that bad and I can live with them compared to spending more money.
I have only had the unit a day or so and was worried because Samsung supposedly is just a minor player in the camcorder business, but I took a chance and I feel good about my purchase, now I just need to find an extra battery or one that has exteneded capability. About the battery life, its not to bad, I was editing, reviewing, etc with it and I feel for the size of the battery and for what I was doing it lasted long enough. This really is a nice camcorder and you get some of the cool stuff of the more expensive cams.