This thing is the nuts, dont expect the quality recording of a blue ray movie disc, but for point and go this works great ! And the hd thing, hd works great in daylight but indoors on playback it doesn't look hd but it has a better playback picture than any of its competetors including many high priced camcorders. The included precharged batteries are precharged for about ten minutes, on a full 15 hour charge they will last 2 hours on hd recording. Anyone expexting hd picture quality on a pocket corder is dreaming, the lense just cant cope (take in enough light) to produce hd recording. But as i said earlier, outside on a sunny day this is high definition !