Summary: This is one great little camera. It's compact size and light weight make it easy to hold and use. The digital tape format is clear. I am using this camera with the firewire cable to transfer videos to a PC and create DVDs for my wife. It's a great unit.
Summary: I have enjoyed the camera for nearly 4 years. Beautful video, nice size, (not too small) and great lens quality like the previous Canon's I have owned. Last year the hatch quit opening. I don't mean the external cover, I mean the internal one where the DV tape is held. No reponse whatsoever, it doesn't even sound like its trying to open. It is out of warranty and I imagine is going to be extremely expensive to fix. Does anyone know of this problem?
Summary: Got one for christmas when my daughter was born three years ago. The zoom went to maximum by itself all of the time. Sent it back and had it replaced. I used it for three years with no problem. Now the replacement does the same thing, and you can't stop it. Even on play back it zooms in. Unless you hold the zoom out all of the time it is worthless.
Summary: Generally a good camera, but a few flaws. Low-light recording is grainy and has poor color. There does not appear to be a way (or an easy way) to put the day's date on the video (which is very useful for home videos). But more importantly, the camera failed me in the two ways noted by many other owners. First, the camera would start zooming in on its own. I would have to hold the zoom button to stop it from doing so. Really annoying.
Summary: I researched the internet for hours before I purchased this. This camcorder had great reviews all around on several sites. I think it is a good camcorder, easy to use, and good quality. It is just a good thing I also purchased the warranty plan. I had to use it twice for the same problem. I am a bit concerned it will happen again after the warranty is over. Maybe this is an exception. Maybe it was a lemon to start with. After all, this one was not new but refurbished.
Zoom feature developed a mind of it's own. $300 dollar out of warranty repair bill
James Covey, Amazon
4 December 2007
Summary: The zoom feature developed a mind of it's own. Camera started zooming in to the maximum and when you zoomed back out and let go of the control it zoomed in again. I paid $300 to have it repaired because I purchased extra batteries and the video light/flash too. I wanted to keep and use the accessory items instead of just upgrading to a newer and better camera. I should have saved the money and just bought another darn camera!
Summary: I bought this camera and within 3 months the zoom wouldn't stop zooming in when i let go of the button. If I smack it it works ok, for 4oo.oo a camera should be problem free for at least a year.other than that it is a ok camera with fantastic zoom and clearity in the pics.
Summary: I purchased my Elura 65 new, before there were many reviews and like many others have had repeat problems with the "remove the cassette" message. I've had to mail it back to Canon twice and they replaced the drum assembly each time. Now it's died again, with a video tape inside, and Canon wants another $145.00 to get it out. Why would I pour good money after bad? I'll have to write off the tape and just purchase a new a camera, but definitely not a Canon.