This camera is excellent, was a gift for my dad, and he loves it! He's always been a bit of an amateur photographer and he was impressed with this camcorder/ camera as much as I am. It's video quality is wonderful, it's easy to use, easy to format the disk, and so easy to use. It's compact yet powerful, and has so many bonuses it makes the purchase more than worthwhile. I love, love, love it, and am extremely glad he loves it too. It's a wonderful camera, wonderful camcorder, and the carrying case is nicely made as well. Excellent product. Highly recommended.