This is obviously a personal video camera, and no one should expect to capture professional quality video with it. That said, it's amazing what it can do. For those of us who've felt like dorks at family events carrying around the overnight suitcase size cameras of the past, it's a godsend. The audio is easily fixed with an external mic, either clip-on or hand held, because of a standard mic input. If you've ever 'pushed' your film to take low-light pictures, you'll understand the graininess of this camera's output. Good lighting is essential for good product. But a candle lit birthday cake and the face of a little girl blowing out the lights... well, it's worth the graininess. Kodak has done a more than acceptable job creating this camera. The features are all there for the job it was designed to do. No flash? No problem. It takes very nice pictures in room lighting and it's fast!!! I've always chaffed at the length of time it takes for 'traditional' digital cameras to go through their process: focus, determine if flash is necessary, find the faces, make sure the flash is charged, refocus, take the picture. By the time that has all taken place the moment is gone. The Zi8 can take about a picture a second with a good class 6 card or better. My only complaint, as others have noted, is the included movie software. Quicktime is not the easiest to use. Kodak could find a better partner for this. I've used other software for creating nice videos with great transitions and burned them directly to DVD's or a DVD image on my hard drive for later duplicating. Ditch the Quicktime, tho. All, in all, this is a great camera and is the state of the art for now. Way to go Kodak.