Have been using this camcorder for a few weeks now and it seems to be good value for money. I am a fairly casual non-techie camcorder user, mainly taking family/holiday footage, but I have been very impressed with the picture quality, ease of use, and all-round functionality of the model. It cost me just £210 from Pixmania, with an extra £8 for a bag, and £50 for a spare battery. I would definitely recommend it. A couple of early issues that I need to deal with (and grateful for any advice). There was quite a lot of wind noise on the soundtrack (OK, for some of the footage, I was filming out of the open window of a moving car - doh!), even when not in a moving car, and when there wasn't a strong wind. Is there any way of insulating the mic against this wind noise? Second problem is that a warning message occasionally flashes up saying that I need to insert a cleaning cassette. Haven't researched why this is happening yet, but grateful if anyone has any ideas.