If you love transportable and light in weight, this is it. Additionally, it is one of the easiest camcorders you will find out there, making it excellent for the beginner. We love shooting footage on vacation and although the digital camera is good, this is excellent. Crisp, clean, excellent video and sound, and ideal for those who don't really know what they are doing. Performance Image quality is excellent, and sound/audio doesn't falter either. It is perfect for quick or slow paced shooting, and works well in any lighting conditions. Battery Life It will go for 8 to 10 hours on a single charge; if you need short footage, about 30 minutes charge will get you 10 to 20 minutes of recording use. Durability It is light, it is easy to transport, and a rugged body makes it ideal for shooting under any conditions. Ease of Use You really can't mess up with this camera. I am by no means great at video or photo shooting, but with this device, even I can shoot high quality videos. Design A bit large, and extremely pricey, but the lightweight design makes it easy to transport. The simple flip screen also allows you to see what you are recording, as you are recording, allowing you to modify or change settings, lighting, and focus as needed.