"Good starter camcorder"3.0 starson by wizardofsnog
Pros: Easy to use, easy to learn. Available accessories are nice. Software is easy to use too.
Cons: Software can make XP unstable due to conflict with HP software. It is fussy about the 8 gig memory cards, but most 4 gigs will work with no problem. Almost have to buy the sony 8gig if ya want maximum memory. NO discription of software on package.
Summary: Like most electronics that you buy today, there is little information covering the software that comes with the item.biggest complaint is lack of record time available. oh, and I never use the little DVD option.
You cannot use this as a cam order as there is no direct feeds. I found most brand name 4 gig memory cards work well, but to max out, the 8 gig one has to be a sony, even then I went thru 3 before I got one to work. I finally took it to the store and we opened up 2 packages, this was after I tried to get 3 of them off of ebay for a cheaper price. None of them worked either. Picture quality is ok, but is not High def. Sound pick up is good too, all things onsidered. The one thing that bothers me about this itme is that the coftware that comes with it can make your computer unstable, if you have any HP products on your system, like a printer or HP cam. batery power is as can be expected. I bough the extra mid range battery and double charger. it works great.
Overall I am happy with this, but think it ould have been a little better.
Updated on Mar 1, 2010