This has been an awesome digital camcorder and camera. It is palm size, and very easy to handle. There is a strap that you can tighten to fit across the backside of your hand so it stays secure. It has a35x zoom. There are a couple ways you can take regular pictures, off the video card or while you are filming video. The quality of the pictures is not the best in camcorder mode, but in a pinch if you want to catch a picture while you are video taping it is a nice feature to have. It is very easy to switch from one mode to another and also to view your pictures or video. It can easily be hooked up to your computer or tv for viewing purposes. The battery that came with it is decent, I really like that the power supply cord is also the charger! Overall, this has been a very easy to use camcorder and I would recommend it to anyone looing for mid grade camera.