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The Sanyo VPC-HD1A camcorder has exceeded my expectations. Easy to use either for stills or video clips with excellent quality pictures, capable zoom - I managed reasonable close ups from 100yds of a penguin using full optical + digital zoom. Battery life enabled shooting over 3 days without recharging and with a 2 gig + 256 mb cards captured 6 weeks filming in New Zealand. Haven't yet explored HD as I have no HD TV. I was able to carry the camera on my belt unobtrusively and conveniently and the orientation of the camera made shooting easy. Sometimes difficult to find a small target when zooming but immediate editing provided a solution. Assembling the finished film is very easy with the addition of sound and effects wide ranging.