I wanted a camera for taking videos that would later be uploaded to YouTube. It needed to be good outdoors in all weathers, indoors and low light. I also wanted a camera with good sound quality and clear recording of someone talking at distance of up to 12ft away. I did a lot of research and found someone on YouTube who had one of these. I asked him about the sound quality and he kindly sent me links to videos he had made using this camera, in different settings - one was at a conference in a dimly lit room, where he recorded someone talking on the stage. The quality was great and on the strength of those videos I bought this camera. I have not been disappointed. The quality of the image is sharp and the sound quality is certainly good enough for my purposes. It can be attached to a tripod (this was important to me and I couldn't find information anywhere that this was possible). I bought the "GEM Anti-Shock Case for Panasonic SDR-H80, SDR-H81, SDR-H90, SD HDD Camcorder" for it, which it fits beautifully (I have also done a review on that). I also bought a 64GB memory card, spare batteries and battery charger which includes a car socket (all from Amazon). Now I can record for ages without worrying about battery life or memory usage.