The lighting was pretty good, I am a photographer of sorts too so I understand the need for good lighting. The quality setting was either the highest or second highest of of the four available options. I had to pull the SD card out and drag the files into my laptop because the camera didn't seem to want to connect with my Mac. My laptop in a 2007 MacBook running Mountain Lion I believe. I did not use iMovie because I had to open the unusual camcorder file with VLC. I hope this helps.
And again, thank you both so much!