My husband thought I really didnt need this because my old camcorder was only about 4 yrs old and still working fine, but of course I didnt listen and bought it anyway. I record all my son's middle school football and basketball games and my daughters volleyiball and baskeball games. I recorded the on the hd setting got home the camera and program converted them in about an hour to a dvd that plays on any dvd player or coomputer. WOW!! The picture quality and definition even when shooting from the press box at the football field is amazing. My husband hated to admit it but he even bragged to his sister about the difference in the quality of my old sony camcorder and the HDR CX 260 I use a monopod or tripod to film with it just make it easier to stabilize the camera. I would highly recommend this to anyone shooting sports events. I researched different cameras and for the price (around $400.00) it cant be beat in my opinion.