Summary: This camera has very poor video quality in "regular" (ie. in a person's home) indoor lighting. I have had this camera for 2 years and have taken video in different houses, churches, and attractions and they all look dark and GRAINY (even with the low-light setting on). It may be OK in an arena type setting with a higher level of lighting than a home but I do 90% of my filming indoors (birthdays, holidays, etc).
Summary: The first thing I asked myself before my purchase was "How will I want to use the camera?" My main use will be for travel photography and for family video. Size and weight is an important consideration. As a woman, I have smaller hands and the Canon fits very nicely in one hand with easy access to most of the features. I think with more use I will find I can maneuver even more easily through the various buttons and on screen menus.
Summary: I bought a Canon Elura 20MC this weekend. My recent interest in DV camcorders sprang to life when I started working with Apple's Final Cut Pro. It's such a beautifully engineered piece of software, with incredible capabilities. With these kinds of tools available, the idea of making movies becomes much more attractive. (I think no one is truly interested in seeing even ten minutes of anyone's vacation, kids, what-have-you, if it's just the raw video.
Summary: I originally did extensive research on the "vertical palm size" mini-DV camcorders and narrowed my decision down to the Sony DCR-PC9, the Canon Elura 20MC and the JVC GR-DVM75. Let me tell you that this was an extremely difficult evaluation because all three cameras have their strengths and weaknesses and there was no clear choice.
Summary: I wanted a small camcorder that does a lot. My thinking was that the smaller it is, the more likely I would take it places. I looked at similar Sonys and JVCs, but the Canon proved the best for me. I've always had Canon SLR cameras, so I expected high quality in a camcorder. This one seemed to fit in my hand the best. The Sony was too hard to hold without hitting buttons or covering the lens. The JVC just didn't impress me as far as lens quality and overall features.
Summary: I find this camera to be very exciting, and extremely versatile. The best feature is definetly its size, small and compact and extremely light weight. The only drawback of this camera is it has no night shot. Other models I have used such as some sony's I do like more for that reason. All in all this is still best camcorder I have ever owned!!!!