The Flip video camcorder is really what an easy to use, beginner camcorder should be. The Flip is small with a nice design that feels good in the hand. The absolute best part about it is just how easy and simple it is to use, especially for people who are not "techies," are not making movie, they just want to record some memories and have some fun. Not only is the camcorder's interface simple to use, but so is the included software and cords. The camera comes with a cord for both the computer and for television viewing- and this is not the kind that you'll have to call the family IT person to figure out how to use! The battery holds a decent charge and it is rechargeable. As far as the video and audio quality goes, it's okay. Really nothing special. But for someone just wanting to record things easily for fun, this could really work for them. There's technically a zoom, which is better than no zoom a guess.