The camera itself is very stylish, sleek and professional looking. The pictures and video footage are smooth and reasonable. The problem comes when you try to 'use' that footage. If you just want to view or upload to the web then this is the camcorder for you. However, if like most people you want to tweak, edit or even just burn your home movie to a DVD, then you will be disappointed. The camcorder comes with no software in which to edit ot burn discs. It records files in Quicktime MPG-4 format which cannot be used with Windows Media Player or Windows Movie Maker. If you think you can use Quicktime, then yes you can - but to view only. In order to burn you will have to buy extra software. So to summarise, if you're prepared to spend extra on software to actually be able to burn movies to disc, then this is the camcorder to use. If not, then this is one best avoided.