Typical hard-drive design

The XR100's design is utterly average. The two-tone black and silver coloring isn't terribly stylish, nor is the camcorder particularly compact or lightweight.
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Minimal operating controls

Like most touch-screen camcorders, the XR100 has few buttons. The still/video mode button is a bit flat and hard to feel.
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Battery bulge

Though it's nice that the camcorder ships with a big battery--even so, the battery only lasts about 50 minutes under typical usage--it protrudes extra-unattractively from the back of the unit.
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Zoom switch

The XR100's zoom switch feels a bit loose and it's hard to get a nice consistent speed out of it.
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