We purchased this product when our first child was an infant. We wanted a simple to device to record the major milestones of our children without spending a ton of money. It came down to this product and a similar Sony product. I wish I had spent a little extra money for the Sony. We've been dissapointed with the color quality - it makes some of our videos look like they were recorded in the 70's. I find the software extremely difficult to use too. The videos have an unusual extension I have never heard of and cannot be recorded without first converting to a different format. After almost two years I still have not figured out how to convert and burn my videos. With young children at home, I loathe having something this difficult to work. The camcorder itself is easy to use and has proven to be very durable. It is a little small and if you have to hold it for long periods, it can make your hand crampy.