Excerpt: If you are looking for a reasonably priced DVD camcorder then the Canon DC100 is an excellent choice. This DVD camcorder by canon has a 25x optical and 1000x digital zoom which are pretty high for a consumer DVD camcorder.
Summary: This is the second Canon DC100 DVD Camcorder w/25x optical zoom that we have owned. My husband bought one over 7 years ago. We used it quite heavily as we do alot of rodeos every year. Plus we use it to video wildlife and our children. The first one just broke (due to me accidently breaking it). So I went looking for another camcorder with all the qualities we enjoyed from this one. I looked at several, but decided they didnt have what I was looking for.
Summary: This camcorder is a disgrace, operation manual is complicated, operation is weak on battery life, and the DVD has PC load issues, a total waste of money collecting dust for several years now because it's too burdensome to use, I'll never buy anything from Canon again, their printers always suck too, the cheap printer i bought makes a loud stripped gear sound and then mangles the paper or doesn't feed and Canon should be ashamed of themselves for price gouging us on...
Summary: I bought this camera and got very little use from it. Now the power adaptor is not registered by the camera and will not charge the battery. I bought an external charger and the charged battery runs the camera but will not finalize the disks to be used by another device. Another adaptor that I bought does no better. I contacted Canon and they only have facility to repair at my cost.
Summary: Great product when its working.Product malfunctioned in less than 12 months. Didn't come with a warranty. Trust NO canon products that don't have the option of an extended warranty.DONT DO IT!!!!
Summary: This product is easy to use. It is very light so if you're taping for a period of time without a tripod your hand does not get sore. The menu options are self explanatory. Finalizing a disk is easy to do. I am a parent and purchased this to capture my daughter on video for birthday parties, baseball games, concerts at school and playing around at home. It works perfectly for this type of use. I haven't had any trouble with lighting or clarity.
Summary: Cool camera. DVD-Rs work great but I'm having difficulties initializing rewritable. I don't think its the camera but more me figuring it out. Also seems to be picky on what brand the disk is. Bottom line I bought the camera from a store that sold it to me as a display model. 145 bucks I give it to the kids and are making great movies! A good camera but don't expect a lot of bells and whistles.