Excerpt: Canon is one of the most reliable brands out there. Their cameras are all top notch. While it's true that they don't have the unbelievably quality lenses of some other brands, their components are high quality across the board and don't leave you in a pinch. I've noticed that my friends that use Canons replace them much less than my friends with other brands. Plus, you can feel legit with a Canon because so many professionals use them.
Excerpt: I was real close to purchasing one of the Sony offerings until I read the CR review. I purchased this camera kit on Black Friday for 200.00 and it included a Canon bag and 5 DVD's. Some have complained about lack of USB support but its not hard to copy the DVD to your hard drive and convert the Codec to JPEG. I would suggest using the following conversion software: [...]. Not all work but this one does. Also, do not use Memorex, or Sony DVD-RW discs. Maxell works fine.
Summary: This is an adequate small and useful DVD Camcorder... Over all ez to use, light weight. With a typical new price of $320 which I feel would probably need to research the current market to see where that stands with the ever changing technologies. I bought this one almost new for $90 shipped here on eBay so I look at this as a very good buy. Had I been a purchaser at $320 level I may have looked a little more stringently at the overall purchase.
Summary: I purchased this camera on the reputation that Canon has in the camera world. The camera is fine, it takes good video, has a good zoom, but the only complaints that I have are that you cant record video onto the optional memory card, only still pics., and the only way to copy the disc are to use the camera to play, you cant put the disc into your computer, or atleast I havent figured that out. The instruction book doesnt have indepth explanations on this.
Summary: With this camcorder, operation is easy, don't need to read the manual to use it...which is VERY nice!!! I found general, and professional use for this camera, BUT, it records to the DVD after EVERY video, so you can't delete videos after shooting them..
Summary: My wife selected this unit as a long-service gift from her employer. She is a total technophobe but learned to use the basic features in an afternoon. Had to purchase the SDHC card and a SANDISK USB reader for it for the still pictures, which was pricey. Negatives are that it will not finalize a DVD-RW unless battery is fully charged or it's on the AC adapter (no message or clue as to this in the manuals), and battery life is not very long so I will be ordering a second...
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls