Summary: This has been one of the greatest cameras until...problems...And I have two of them! On fast re-wind they will sometimes destroy the tape. On both, I only re-wind on slow rewind. Now one will not accept a tape at all. I think someone rewound on fast and hurt the mechanism somehow. A call to Cannon did not admit that they have problems. Still trying to determine cost to fix...if possible.
Summary: I do corporate & personal video production & have found the Elura to be the best 1 CCD chip video camera I have ever used. I have used about 8 1 CCD hand held cameras & the Elura's picture quality has been the best. I have been able to flawlessly edit the Elura's video in to the video taken by my Sony VX1000, which is a 3 CCD camera. Canon changed the construction & parts on later models, I've tried a couple, & the picture quality is not as good as the Elura's.
Summary: I bought this camera in 1999 - I thought it had been superceded by newer models but it looks like they are still selling it. You may want to check out the Canon site for details. Newer models have the ability to take hi quality still pictures as well, some with "hard" (memory stick etc.) memory so that you don't have to wait five seconds for the image to record to tape as you do with the Elura.
Summary: The Canon elura digital video camera, is most definately the best in its category. The progressive scan feature gives excellent results when the frames are dumped into a computer via the firewrie interface. The Elura also has both svideo, and firewire in and out. This allows for you to use the camera as a video capture device, as well. As a professinal animator I use the camera as a direct to tape preview system.
Summary: This camera is small, but the optics are great and it does everything. All the controls are very intuitive, and I'm still discovering new things it does. I've used it snow boarding, on the beach, at a dim wedding reception and downloaded the footage/images right onto my computer. (Premiere is good) And best of all, no snags- amazing for such a complex device. Unless you absolutely must be able to change lenses (sheesh), this camera is great.
Summary: The Elura has been an excellent camcorder in my experience for hiking, climbing, horse packing and other on the go videotaping. Other sites on the web contend that the use of an RGB filter gives the Elura an almost 3 chip picture quality in good lighting. I myself have been pleased with the picture and color ( so pleased I have two ). Buy extra batteries and the docking unit for more versatility ( external microphone ).
Summary: I had intended to buy a 3 chip Sony VX 1000, but budget forced me to buy something a little less pricey. My reasoning was that I would use this as a back up after I get a 3 chip high end XL-1 or GL-1 or possibly a Sony TRV900 when I can afford it. However I was able to find this camera at about 3 $ under list, and it is a great compromise.
Summary: I won't bore you with the good things since my review is five starred. I'll let you know it's drawbacks (in my opinion). The microphone is on the top and not in the front so I've found myself accidently covering it with my hand especially when videoing my 2 year old son at knee level. It doesn't have a microphone port, you have to purchase a separate option.
Summary: Fabulous. The first day I was making movies, transferring them to my iMac and my TV. Uploaded one to an Internet site. Great picture quality, good sound, good manual. Very easy to use and well worth the price. Very light weight for travelers. Many fancy extras such as special editing effects.