Don't waste your time.
Canon/Panasonic/Sony, stick with them. Honestly its kind of a soccer mom camera, no - very little manual control.
If you're just looking to mess around with your friends, I guess its fine. If you're looking to make quality edits, keep saving and get an HV30/HV40.
OP: "If you suddenly skied off a huge fuckin cliff and you only had time to throw one last trick before you died, what would it be?"
Malcolm: "id probably just flail my self to death"