We bought this camera in order to be able to film special moments with our kids. it's maiden voyage was telling my son that his sister had arrived. This is an easy camera to use, the video version of a point and click camera, a great camera for older kids to use and make their own movies as well. The picture is crisp and clear, even in lower lighting. It's compact size makes it convenient for packing and taking it along when traveling. Uploading onto the computer is also a very simple process and we have used this to share videos of our children's events with family who live out of state. There is a limit on how much can be film (1 hr) but we upload our footage and then clear the memory so it has never really become an issue for us. Battery Life The camera requires AA batteries and they can get drained pretty quickly depending on use. We use rechargable batteries to help keep cost down.