do not go here !!!!! the software provided with this camera is not user friendly at all . in fact i found it immposible to write a disc that my blu ray player would play . and yes my bluray excepts avchd format . the battery life is less than 1 hr and that is not using the zoom . this camera has scared me off high def camcorders , i returned it and bought a standard def for less than half the cost of this one and burnt a dvd in less than 10 mins after opening the package . unless you are an expert in I T stay very well away from this cam corder .