My previous digital cameras include Canon & Nikon. Needing more pixels and flexibility I bought this camcorder to pop in my pocket/handbag and do photos and short videos as required. It fits the bill perfectly, and produces clear photos for me to paint from, plus decently good videos too. Not really being a camera buff, I had to read and reread the plentiful instructions and seem to need and use only 1/2 the functions. However I am well pleased with it. I do take the charger out with me to indoor events where I can use it and have also purchased a second battery.