The camera is very light. The controls are minimal (power, play, record, delete, and a four-way pad that doubles as a zoom control). It takes two AA batteries and has a clever flip-out USB connector to let you attach the camcorder to your computer. Realistically, you'll need a USB extension cable to attach it to most hubs, though. There's also an included cable that lets you attach the camcorder to a TV.
Palm Of Your Hand
In actual use, the shape and size of the unit make it easy to hold. You use the LCD screen as a viewfinder. The image is bright and clear, even under sunlit conditions. Once you're done shooting your video, you plug the camera into a USB port, and the camera automatically installs all the drivers needed for viewing video. Or at least it tries to. It got hung up trying to install the driver on my Windows XP box, and I had to install it manually. The camera shows up as a new disk drive on your system, and you can copy and edit the Audio Video Interleave-format videos just like any other Windows video.
In good lighting, the video was clear and smooth, if a little oversaturated colorwise. The digital zoom should be used sparingly, as the image becomes noticeably pixilated. Low-light filming is grainy, and any bright image source tends to flare badly, but is on the whole acceptable. The sound is fine, and the lack of any moving parts means it's free of camera noises.
Director Robert Rodriguez isn't going to shoot his next blockbuster on this camera, but for day-to-day family use it will do just fine. Considering the price, it more than met expectations and would make an excellent first camcorder for a teenager.