Summary: After 2 years of hard use and drops it finally stopped working. Worked fine until then. I don't think Canon makes them anymore so I am getting a similar replacement one so I can use all the accessories.
Summary: I recently purchased one of these to replace one that was damaged from a lightning surge. I couldn't find another (newer) MiniDV camcorder that would also take still pictures on memory card, and do AV->DV conversion (you can play back home movies on VHS, output via composite cable to camcorder, and transfer it to a digital copy directly to computer through the firewire port). Nice optical zoom too.
Summary: Consumer Reports recommends the Elura 80. It's a good camera at a great price. It's small, easy to use, light, and functional. It's inexpensive and overall a great buy. If you plan to transfer content to a computer for editing, however, you should know that you need a FireWire cable that does not come with the camera.
Summary: Fairly happy with product up to now. However, the main description of the product should have clearly indicated that it was a reconditioned unit. The warranty with reconditioned units is only 60 days and it is missing the SD card: VERY WITH DISSATISFIED WITH THIS SITUATION. PLUS I WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED 15% IF I HAD RETURNED THIS PRODUCT.
Summary: Pros - Good video quality overall (resolution) - Decent audio - Decent manual controls - Includes 16MB memory card Cons - Not so impressive low light performance (when compared to JVC 93US) - Not very sleek design - old fashioned controls, lens cap and flaky control area caps - Not very user-friendly menu
Summary: DO NOT PURCHASE THIS CAMERA FROM "Electronics Club" IT DOES NOT COST $704 YOU CAN GET IT ON EBAY FOR $80 YOU WOULD BE A FOOL IF YOU BOUGHT THIS CAMERA. IT DID NOT COST $704 NEW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!