The SDR-S100 records video and stills directly onto SD media enabling users to pop the card into a computer for immediate video viewing, editing, transfer to DVD or e-mailing. Because there are no moving parts in an SD card, many of the problems native to tape such as dropouts, problems in extreme temperatures, and head cleaning are reduced or removed. The SDR-S100 uses three individual image sensors, one each to capture the separate red, green and blue primary video colors. As a result, you get crystal-clear movies that are alive with rich, vibrant color. If your the kind of person who takes color accuracy and picture quality seriously, Panasonic designed the SDR-S100 just for you. It boasts a sophisticated lens, and includes the same advanced recording technology found on Panasonic's professional broadcast equipment resulting in 540 lines of stunning resolution. Panasonic's SDR-S100 boasts a Leica Dicomar lens featuring a 12-element, multi-coated lens that helps add a high-level of detail and subtlety to your images. With refinements like a 2-stage neutral density filter for aperture independent adjustment, you'll appreciate the remarkably crisp, true-to-life color that is a hallmark of Leica Dicomar optics. The SDR-S100 sports other conveniences as well. There's 10X optical zoom, for getting close to far-off subjects. Advanced optical image stabilization for steady video without visible shake or the loss of image quality that sometimes occurs with electronic image stabilizers. A low-light shooting mode adjusts camera settings to allow colorful video in dark environments. Special Panasonic imaging technology gives you crisp, detailed stills up to 3.1 mega pixels. Images are saved to an SD card and can then be transferred to your computer using the high-speed USB interface.