You can take up 380 minutes of video and have 180 minutes of battery life. The battery life should last you a while before you need to recharge. It has a 34x zoom lens, which is nice. While the zoom is great, the camcorder doesn’t come with optical image stabilization. So, while you can zoom out really far, the electronic image stabilization isn’t just as good as optical image stabilization.
While this budget camcorder does come with a bunch of different features, including manual settings for focus, exposure, ISO and shutter speed, most people should stick with automatic. The manual settings don’t improve the look of the pictures. And, this consumer camcorder doesn’t do well in low-light situations no matter what setting you have it on. The eight scene modes, however, are nice to play around with. The effects will be fun for almost any amateur videographer.
You can shoot video in one of three settings: TV Fine, TV Normal and TV Super Fine. With the video quality not being the greatest to begin with, the TV Super Fine mode should be the only setting that should be used.
You can take still with this camcorder when you’re not shooting video. Unless, however, you’re just looking to take a picture for the web or for smaller sizes, you can skip the photo setting. The picture quality is atrocious.