This was the first HD camera I bought, and I couldn't have been happier with my choice. I liked it so much that I actually kept it for my back up! It is extremely user friendly with all the buttons placed in easy to reach locations while filing. Also the touch screen is a cinch to navigate through. The 3.3 HD CMOS sensor was great for my first camera, it's seriously all you need. The instant auto focus is key, i got a camera now that is pure manual (and its a pain in the ass) It has a 12x zoom lens which is nice and a DV II Image processor which is also handy when you just feel like taking some photos.
Focal Length - f=4.8 - 57mm
There are three zoom speeds depending in the kinda shot your looking for. There is manual exposure and all that jazz, blah blah. Ill stop chatting away at the features I liked. Either way one of my more favorite cameras. For the price/weight/size it's perfect for slipping into your snowpants and going to get a couple shots on the slopes with your buds, good shots at that.
A for sure Bump from me.