I bought this camcorder because of the large hard drive and the high optical zoom. I wish I could rate this camcorder higher but I found flaws after spending 3 months in another country with it. I have hardly used the camcorder since but it was worth the price for the time I was able to use it. I love the optical zoom and how I can capture video and photos of things that are of a distance from me. I love how big the hard drive is and how there is a light to turn on in low light conditions. The video quality is good enough for me. I recorded on highest setting so I actually ran out of hard drive space. There is a micro sd slot on the camera so you can put in a micro sd for backup! I have hours of memories that I can reflect on and share because of this camcorder. **The bad: **Sometimes the video would have a few seconds that are a blur. After a while I started noticing a red dot in the center of some of my videos. I went back to my previous videos and realized that it was in some of those too. I couldn't believe that I didn't see it beforehand. The red dot would only appear in certain videos that were in certain conditions but I couldn't figure out what conditions. After I got back from my vacation, I googled the red dot and realized that many other people had the same problem. They had their camcorder "fixed" only to have the dot appear in another place. That dot is pretty darn annoying!
New York, NY