I received the Sony Handycam as a wedding present two years ago and it still works great! Our primary use for the camera is videotaping family functions. We have videotaped everything from family Christmas to visiting SeaWorld and the zoo and find the quality to be good. The camera does well in sunlight and has an easy to use night vision option for videotaping in the evening. We find that the battery life is good for family events, although we do have an extra battery just to be safe. The mini-DV tapes are much easier to use and cheaper than the DVDs I have used on other video cameras. My husband and I can easily use a firewire cable to copy video off the tapes to our Apple computer where we can edit the video. The size of the camera is a big plus for us since it is small enough to fit in my purse or a small backpack if we are out and about and do not feel like carrying around another bag just for the camera. I would not recommend using this camera to someone looking for a high-end, high-quality camera, but if you are simply looking for a compact, easy to use camera to videotape your kids and family events then I would say this is a great video camera for just that.