The FLIP camera appears to work very well and was ready for immediate use without the need of complex instruction. I was looking forward to using it. There was a problem however. The software would only partially load on to my PC and it was not possible to access the edit and share facility. Eventually I was able to speak to an "advisor" at a cost, who told me that my PC was too slow at 1.35mh or whatever. I needed a faster PC with a speed of at least 3.00 mh. The camera has been lying unused since purchase and has to wait until I have a computer upgrade? A warning therefore: check out your computer speed before you buy. The only indication you will get of this requirement is on the box when it arrives by which time you will probably have opened it...nothing I can find on the Amazon publicity made this clear.