Ive had the camera for about 3 days now and i have been playing with it since. my first impression is physically its not very striking when you see it. it doesn't have the wow factor. its very plain and simple not very stylish but very compact and light weight.
now lets talk about the video and picture quality and performance, ill give it a thumbs up for having 60gb capacity, the video quality its just a standard definition but good enough to watch on a 42 inch TV without pixelating to much, the 35X zoom lens is good but a bit slow in zooming. shooting in low conditions is average, it has a built in automatic illuminating light but not very helpful, they could have consider a night vision like the sony sr36 hdd. its very user friendly you dont have be a nerd to operate this machine. the laser touch sensitive control panel on the view finder is pretty good as well.
now for the not so good bits. the battery pack that comes with the kit is rediculous, fully charge it will only last 10mins of recording time. i mean come on 10 mins for a camcorder that can record for atleast 14 hours. hmmm? the grip of everio is not as ergonomic as the sony's, your hand should be dead straight 90 degrees unlike sony's elevated zoom controls. and last but not the least, the picture quality on camera mode is not as sharp and you can not take a snap shot whilst you are in video mode you have to switch back to camera mode to to take pictures.
I would rate this camcorder 7 out of 10 for having a large 60gb storage, good quality videos and being very compact and light weight. its cheaper and have more storage than sony's equivalent (only 40gb). for its tag price this camcorder is good value for your money but but you are willing to give a little bit more go for sony.