"Super portable, great video, great still"4.0 starson by landrover4444
Pros: concealable, small, great video, great stills, ext. mic.
Cons: shutter lag with stills
Summary: I did countless hours of research before buying this camera. What I wanted was a video camera that would take very good video and very good stills. If I had wanted excellent video alone I would have bought the Panasonic GS500 which I almost did, but as I live in an enormous city I really wanted something that I could keep in my bag all the time and pull out at a moment's notice. It has the capacity to turn off all sounds (nice) so it is very stealth if you want to film riots, the police, or whatever. Stealth. I had a professional canon still camera but it was too heavy and rarely used it. This camera takes amazing video. If you are going to make a movie you might want a larger more professional camera, but if you want to have something you can pull out anytime anyplace and shoot with great results, this is the camera. I can put this in my jean's front pocket (or shirt pocket!) without a problem. The still images are great -- not spectacular as there are artifacts when blown up and examined carefully, but it's fine for average sized prints, computers, etc. The Super Macro mode allows you to get within 1 cm of your object. Amazing flower shots! MPEG-4 is wonderful, easy to download and share and no compression necessary. It is an EXCELLENT camera, but it is not a professional still camera or film camera. This camera will go with you everywhere and you'll get amazing shots just because it's with you.