Massive storage capacity.
Good manual control placement.
Good video quality.
12x optical zoom.
Geotagging videos is fun.
Very detailed HD footage.
Crisp and clear LCD screen.
Excellent in low light
Cam Control dial makes shooting easier.
Smooth slow motion.
Tricky user interface.
Short battery life.
Unremarkable HD video performance.
PMB software is for the PC only.
No creative recording modes.
Annoying menu system.
No wind filter.
No manual shutter-speed, iris, or audio controls.
Limited manual controls compared to competition.
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