"Bang for the Buck Winner!"3.5 starson by scottie137
Pros: Excellent video quality and resolution
Cons: No mechanical image stabilization
Summary: I purchased this camera off a reputable online store for less than $450. At that price, my expectations were fairly limited. I have not been disappointed! The image at 720p (which is all my TV does anyways) is more than adequate for my home use needs (videos of my daughter, vacation, special events, etc.) I find the controls fast enough for my use and actually like the touch screen. Its responsive and user friendly.
I do not like the fact that it doesn't include a mechanical optical stabilization system, but at this price point, it wasn't a deal breaker. The electronic image stabilization works well, but does cause a kind of surreal effect when your tracking something in low light (such as a person moving). This is mentioned in the manual, so it wasn't a surprise. The effect is just a little lag in movement and some very slight ghosting of the image (almost like a double exposure for a second).
I really like the included cradle/dock that comes with the camera. It allows charging of the battery as well as transfer to PC. I have not had to move any video yet, because the 8 Gig internal storage takes about an hour to fill up.
All in all, I am very happy with the camera. With Flash prices coming down, I can envision the day when I will just buy several flash cards, store the video on a large external hard drive and transfer the video back to a flash card when I want to watch it. For the tech oriented, its also not too difficult to stream the video if you have a media center extender device or similar, and you can burn the files to DVD and play them on an XBOX 360 or Playstation 3. The video codec used by Samsung is being supported by more and more products these days, so the complaints of some of the previous posters should be mitigated soon.