I got this camera when my little girl was born and I have not put it down since. It is so easy to use, small and compact and takes beautiful pictures as well as video. It is easy to set up and plug in to the computer to view your photos and video. I love that it is all in one and I do not need a separate camera when I bring this along with me. I also have a sony camera but I stopped using it when I realized how nice the pictures were from this camcorder. I would highly recommend this camera. There are so many options out there and you it is very overwhelming trying to choose the best camera for your buck. This camera is not cheap but I did get it at a very good price when it was on sale last year. I was also worried about it becoming obsolete quickly but I don't see me changing cameras anytime soon. You can even take pictures while you are filming so that you never miss a shot! If yur picture requires a flash however, it will not come out clear in the video mode I would highly recommend this camera!!