It has three shooting modes; video mode, photo mode and progressive photo mode which stores photos on the camcorder's MultiMediaCard rather than the MiniDV cassette. Photos can be easily transfered with the built in USB port. There is an 18x optical zoom lens and uses the same zoom technology found in Canons' broadcast TV lenses, and has up to 360x digital zoom. It has a color viewfinder and 2.5" LCD screen which can be twisted and flipped for easy shooting and playback. Other notable features include photo search, time code, data code and an included remote control.