We have owned this product for a little over a year now. I really love the high quality videos, but have gotten away from this product for youtube videos because it creates long upload times for even a short video. Performance This camera really captures the moment. The focus is very nice and the zoom allows you to see objects very far away very clearly. We took this camera to the Indianapolis 500 and you can very clearly see a wreck that we captured in turn two from our front straightaway seats. This is a distance of over a quarter mile by my estimation. Battery Life The battery does hold a decent charge. I want to say we have used it intermittinly for well over 4 hours before getting a low battery signal. If you are recording a long event, I would recommend getting a spare just in case. Durability During the first month we had this camera we had an issue where the zoom would not "unzoom" and focus. After doing a couple hours of research, I came to the conclusion that everyone said to hit this thing on you knee or a hard surface 2-3 times while the camera was off. I was VERY nervous to do so, and started out with very light taps and finally did about 2 hard smacks on my thigh, and like magic, it worked. The zoom has never gotten stuck like that again. Ease of Use This is great for point and shoot functionality.