JVC's credentials in the budget camcorder market are maintained with the HD Everio GZ-E205. It's not particularly special in terms of features, but the 40x optical zoom puts it well ahead of cheaper candy-bar models, and image quality is very good for a camcorder this price. There are some manual settings available, including focus, white balance and brightness. But this isn't the main goal for a camcorder. It simply shoots decent video for a decent price.