I always wanted a digital camera camcorder so this one is really awesome. I had to take time to read all the instructions but after that I was on my way to make movies. There are so many features on this camcorder it's wonderful to try them. I like the fact that it has night vision. Now I can actually achieve capturing fireworks and Christmas lights. I love the remote control. It's nice because you can get in the picture with the rest of your friends. I like the fact that it comes with the HDMI cord included so I can plug the camera into my TV. It's fun to watch homemade movies on our TV. It takes a SD card but you have to buy that separately. I can copy my pictures and videos directly to my computer too. There is a USB cord for that too. The date and time stamp is nice to have. Also the pause button is great so you can start again without losing what was already recorded. As a beginner this is ideal for me or any other beginner. Just perfect to learn and still have great pictures and videos. My first practice video wasn't so great but I'm sure I will get better. The more I use the camcorder the more I learn how the features work.