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I love my JVC Camera and although I purchased it in the States (as this worked out a lot cheaper) all the accessories, cables and adapters work brilliantly over here in the UK. With the camera there is a digital programme for the computer so you can easily transfer pictures to your hard drive to use for example on the internet. All the controls are within a thumb or finger reach and it is so lightweight that it's almost like carrying round a pack of cigarettes when in use.... be careful not to leave it lying around though as it may become a victim of crime ! You can focus the viewfinder and zoom incredibly close or you can use the side-fitted video screen to watch as you film. You cannot use both at the same time. Playback is very good on the video screen or via a connector to your computer or to a video player. The camera takes still photographs as well as moving images and all are recorded on small 90 minute tapes. The battery packs are about £48 but once charged will last for about three hours. There is also a mains adaptor battery type unit so you can run the camera from mains electricity. If you purchase a wide angle lens (as I did, the final picture quality when blown up to TV standards is a little deeper. If you get a tripod, this will eliminate camera shake at very high magnification. To give you an idea of its power, I stayed in a hotel room in China on the 19th floor and was filming someone chopping onions in their kitchen over 150 metres away. (I'm not a perve... I just wanted to see how far the lens could focus in difficult lighting etc). I would give this a 10 out of 10 rating as a very comprehensive easy to use camera for non-technical people like me.