I bought this camcorder as an upgrade to my Sony SD. The first thing you notice is how light and small it is. Arguably it is too small as I am still trying to develop a comfortable grip with the device. I'm trying to get used to using the touch screen controls for record and zoom because using the physical buttons is awkward and results in jerking of the camcorder. If you are editing your output this will not be a problem, just overshoot for a few seconds to make allowances for cutting out the rubbish either end of the clip.
Now to the plus points - great HD capture and the still shots are also of excellent quality. This little device is jam packed full of features and it is so much easier to eject an SD card and shove it in the PC to upload your footage, as opposed to all that messing around with tapes and cables. The anti-shake is very good and provided you don't go to the extreme zoom for pictures you don't get pixelation (at the top end it uses a mix of optical and digital zoom to take it above 37x optical mag.). Shove the camcorder in one pocket and a mini gorilla pod in another and you are equipped for anything. For the price I would definitely recommend this powerful little device.
Usual first class service from Amazon marketplace. It was ordered on Thursday and delivered the following Monday.