Summary: This very affordable camera is a quality product in every respect. It was purchased to replace a 12 year old 8mm unit that no longer operated and it is fully compatable with the standard 8mm tapes. This compact unit has many features that are not listed in the specifications. Besides the full menu of options, two very important features are a variable speed zoom control and an s-video output connection. I highly recommend this camcorder.
Summary: This is my first hi8 camcorder, though I've had a couple of the old VHS ones before. I was waiting to get one of these until the value caught up with the technology and I could get a high-quality camcorder at an affordable price. Then this little number came along. The thing I like most about this camera is its color viewfinder. To me, that is a good tradeoff for not having a larger LCD screen, because those typically drain your battery much faster.
Summary: This is my second Canon camcorder. I loved my first, an ES970 that uses the regular 8mm format. After giving it to my uncle, I was shopping around for a new one when I saw this on Amazon. The price is right, and my very positive experience with the ES970 made it easy to order two of these, one for my parents. Both my parents and I love this camcorder. It's very easy to use -- no manual needed for the common functions.
Unbeatable value if you think just enough is enough.
Neurostokaztik "Maha-Sam-Atman", Amazon
4 July 2002
Summary: This is not my first camcorder, but my 3rd. Its Hi8 recording format beats my previous other VHS-C and 8mm gear. Its optical system (22X zoom and large lens), allowing night-time low lux shots, has a surprising level of quality for its price. The Li-Ion battery and separate AC charger on international norm (takes 110-240 V) are lightweight but allow over 2 hours of shooting, ( and even if you switch on permanently the built-in torch, it's still over 1 hour).
Excerpt: Mio padre è appassionato di videocamere, e per il suo compleanno dei suoi colleghi di lavoro gli avevano regalato anni fa questa videocamera della Canon. Canon è sinonimo certamente di qualità, perché è un marchio conosciuto nell'ambito della fotografia soprattutto, ed io ho proprio una reflex della Canon che uso ogni tanto per scattare qualche buona foto artistica o negli eventi più importanti.
Pros: Qualità audio ok, si possono vedere filmati collegando videocamera e tv
Cons: Batteria insufficiente, alcuni difetti nella registrazione, design perfettibile, ormai surclassata