Its 42x zoom is somewhat more powerful than similarly priced camcorders. It supports manual focus, which is a more advanced feature. It also weighs just about 13.8 ounces. The most similar camcorder to it is the Canon ZR950, which retails at the same price. A big difference between the two is that the Canon camcorder supports still image recording at 1.07MB, this one, disappointingly, doesn't. But overall critics assert that it is good value for money.