Very straight forward to use. I bought one of these 5 years ago from Sony when they had a huge sale. It still works great to this day. I used it for 3 years of study making short films and recording prop making processes. Only downsides to this camera I would say is slightly poor quality low light recording and mic quality, especially in wind. Not what I bought the camera for though, it had amazing indoor use and it had really good quality video for the price. Also for video editing, the files are easy to work with, I recorded in 1080p 30fps and edited using Sony Vegas, After Effects and Premiere Pro and never had and problems with corrupted data or video quality dropping. Great camera.