"Easy to use, excellent video quality."4.5 starson by IanCT
Pros: Carl Zeiss lens, quality of recorded video, ease of use and smile detection feature.
Cons: HD recording time on the flash card. Not a bad thing, 8GB card will store about an hour which suits my needs. Cheaper than the comparable hard drive units on the market.
Summary: For the money, (Best Buy had a sale - $200 off) it's a terrific camera. Literally fits in the palm of your hand and has an excellent LCD. Comes with the HD component cable hookup as well as standard composite cable. No mini-HDMI cable but I didn't need that anyway. Plugged right into my iMac and iMovie '08 detected it right away. Comes with a 4GB flash card, I bought an 8GB at time of purchase for $39 which holds about an hour of HD in high quality mode which is perfect for me.
The on screen menus are easy to navigate, it took a little time to get used to how the menu changes depending on what mode you're in but having a home button helps a lot. This was an upgrade from my miniDV DCR-TRV50.
My only wish was the hard drive but I can live without it. Hopefully 16GB cards will become cheaper over time and that this camera will be compatible with 32GB cards when they become available.