This Canon GL2 Mini DV digital camcorder is one of the best (and most expensive) camcorders that I have ever used! Now, to be honest, I don't actually own the Canon GL2, but I use it A LOT for my film class. I've used a lot of different camcorders by different brands in the past, but this one really has become my favorite. This camera has a 20x lens and it is fantastic. The quality of the video is really impressive, especially if you have been using a cheap camcorder up until now (like me, the difference was really noticeable!). It is really the best quality shots I have gotten up to this point. Overall the interface is great as well, no glaring annoyances to mention. The battery life is very good as well- it's not going to win any awards for "longest battery life," but I bet it's better than what you had before. The biggest downside of this camera is, of course, the price. If you can't drop a few grand on this thing, just hope your school/job did for you!!