The specs are pretty good but this is strictly a no frills basic camcorder. Some thoughts:
1) Only 12 of the 20 English pages in the manual actually teaches you how to use the camera. The rest are warnings, troubleshooting and legalese. That shows you show sparse the features are. And the pages aren't exactly packed with text and figures. All in all, I'd say that there are only 5 pages of real instructions.
2) It doesn't do still photos, which is a common and easy feature to implement. A video is a basically series of still frames, so why not have allow users to capture just one frame? This is a stupid oversight by JVC. Having a still mode allows some users to leave their still camera at home, and is especially useful because of the super optical Zoom. Having to take video first, and then capture the still frame on your is a waste of space and time.
3) HATE THIS: You can't pause while recording. This means that you'll end uo with lots of video snippets of one event/session. As others have pointed out, it's annoying and time consuming to have to concatenate them later. And each snippet has memory overhead so this is also less efficient than having just one file Furthermore, the playback function isn't like a slideshow where each snippet will automatically play in sequence You have to manually play them. Imagine how annoying then it is to attach this to your TV and having to advance to each new snippet even though they're from the same session.
In JVC's defense, most cheaper camcorders, palmcorders (i.e Flip) and digital cameras also can't pause while recording. Samsung digital cameras are a notable exception. Even their $59 models can pause. BUT ... moro.nically, Samsung's own inexpensive <$200 camcorders can't pause either!!!!
This is especially mor.onic since this JVC has a motion detect mode! In other words, it can automatically pause during recording yet it won't allow users to manually do so.
4) Keep in mind that this uses the AVCHD format (a new standard for HD digital camcorders) for HD videos. This format is not easily imported in many older video editing programs, especially free ones. This fact makes Point #3 all the more annoying.
5) The sound is monaural, not stereo. Since this is HD, why skimp on the sound???
6) I also believe that A.I.S. is only digital stabilization, not the superior optical stabilization (see my other post about this).