First of all, just to say I have never had any sort of camcorder before so have not really got anything to compare this model too. However, I have to say its great!! As it has an inbuilt view screen (it is a viewcam) you can point the camera and swivel to aim brilliantly and get just the picture you want. It also means that playback is brilliant because the screen being in colour is like a mini TV so you don't have to connect to a full size TV if you don't want to. It also has inbuilt sound which makes the playback even better!! The quality of recording is really good and this is obviously the main reason for buying any camcorder and as it is made by sharp the build is also of real quality.