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I bought this camcorder several years ago as it seemed to be the neatest and compact one on the market at the time. I had no knowledge of using one and bought it fairly blindly! Luckily for me, I picked a good one. Years later it is still performing as well as it did then and never lets me down. The pictures are sharp and in focus and the colour is excellent. It's very easy to hold and use, has an excellent zoom lens and the picture remains very steady, even in the hands of an amateur like me! Quite light to carry it has lots of useful features, a date stamp, a facility where you can put in the date (presumably if you are filming a child from birth), low light warning and low battery symbol. It has a fade facility and you can also add titles. The only drawback to this date setting button is that the instructions aren't very clear and it's quite hard to get rid of it once you've set it, even if you don't want it, or want to film a different child! Like most camcorders you need a certain amount of light to get the best pictures, but even when the low light warning has been on, we've used it for school plays etc and been pleased with the results. I know that a lot of the newer models have extra options on them, but this camcorder has all most people would generally need and can be used immediately without a lot of fiddling about, changing settings etc. When this one finally gives up, I would certainly consider another JVC model as I have been so pleased with this one.