A small but perfectly formed video camera. I bought this prior to my recent holiday. It was my first dip into the world of high definition and the picture quality was breathtaking - I'll never be able to return to those antiquated days of standard definition or for that matter SVHS or Hi8. Small enough that you could take it anywhere and catch those candid moments. The automatic focus was the best I've ever experienced. The still pictures were, for their size, equally impressive. I'm an enthusiastic albeit amateur videographer and believed I'd found the perfect cam' for those one off holiday events. However, after several weeks of use I noticed several shortcomings: the mic' is badly placed and picks up my voice better than the intended subject; there is no shoe for an external mic; manual focus was fiddly and tricky to operate, and for such a state-of-art device, still uses tapes. Even with these shortfalls, I'd still highly recommend this cam'. The viewfinder (noticeably absent from many other camcorders in this bracket) was a blessing when the LCD screen is made useless by the bright sun. Phenomenal picture quality and smart compact design make this a winner but I'll drop a star for the mentioned deficits.