I remembered reading something about these things last year, and with a little digging, found the article - it was a review David Pogue wrote for the New York Times. You might need to do a free registration to read the article - if that’s a hassle, just let me know and I’ll find a different way to get it to you. The conclusion goes:
[quote]For people who like to edit their own movies and burn them to DVD on the computer, the Everio G is a model of efficiency. It saves money, because its operating costs are zero (no tapes or discs). It saves time, because you can transfer the video to the Mac or PC so quickly. And it saves on equipment, because if your PC already has a DVD burner, you’re not paying for a second one built into the camcorder.
But because the transfer-and-edit process is so confusing, the Everio G winds up suited for a very specific audience: people techno-shy enough to want the world’s easiest-to-use camcorder, but techno-savvy enough for its awkward video-importing challenge. It may take JVC one more “Aha!” moment to realize and correct that contradiction.[/quote]