This is really a semi pro camcorder. I have enjoyed mine for over a year now and would still recommend it. So why 4 stars? Moire with it's kit lens and lack of birding lenses by Sony.
It is a great video camera and takes great stills as well. You can't do much better than the Sony VG30EH!! That is if you can handle the front heavy weight with it's kit lens. You should get a good tripod if you do buy it.
Great camera! Great shallow depth of field! But Heavy and occasionally suffers with Moire especially tiles get it going.