Summary: Can't vote this zero stars or I would. Got this as a gift from my husband to have for our baby to be. Tried it out once before my son was born, it kept asking for a recommended disk (-R / -RW / -R DL recommended) which I did have in there. Wouldn't finalize and gave me errors however did record on the disk. Come time to take a look at what was on the disk, it wouldn't finalize, and then it wouldn't even play on the recommended items.
Summary: Two out of four DVD attempts have been successful with this camera. A 50% success rate is not good enough when you're relying on a video camera to record important events. We have an entire trip to Yosemite that we can't watch because the camera claims I did not initialize the disk to begin with. We also filmed once on a DVD rewritable, but you need a special connector cable and computer program to convert the material and make it burnable to a regular DVD.
Summary: Recently purchased this camera before leaving to meet our Italian relatives for the first time in Italy. What a nightmare! The camera would not, no way, initialize the discs that were recommended for purchase with the camera. Very disappointed not to have had a video memento of a trip we had planned for many years. We purchased a battery charger and an additional battery for this camera, and now cannot return it.
Summary: First one I had would not read disc tried 5 brands sent it back, 2nd one I had finally read maxell brand. After recording it would no longer read the disc again. Canon has no idea why this camcorder is pure garbage.