Excerpt: I bought the FS100 about 8 months ago to try and record some family history before my parents are gone (which I recommend everyone do). We bought a tripod to go along with it and it has worked wonderfully. We took about 20 hours of video overall. It was nice to be able to plug the camera in for long-term capture so we didn't have to worry about the battery.
Summary: Its small, cheap (I bought it for $250), but the format makes it a little bit of a pain. Which is very valuable to me. You can just rename the file from .mod to .mpg. But, it gets annoying to have to do that, while other camcorders put them as .mpg to start.
Summary: I bought a JVC Everio GZ-MG155 about one year ago, and was never completely satisfied with the image quality, it was not as sharp as I expected. I decided to give a try with the Canon FS100 since all my digital still cameras had been Canon and I loved the images and colors they produce. Well, thanks to the Canon FS100 I realized my JVC Everio was not in fact that bad at all...
Summary: I've been avoiding buying a new camcorder to replace the 8 year old DVC tape unit for awhile now. There were plenty of tempting offerings, but none matched the feature set and price point that I was looking for until I happened upon Canon's FS100 model at an Apple Store. While giving it a once over there, I liked the light weight, the responsive and variable zoom, the microphone input, and that at $399, it was still very much reasonable in price.
Small, Handy, Quick - Needs better Stabilization and Low Light
J "tech head dc", Amazon
29 June 2008
Summary: The reviews I read on this are a little too generous. It's all right, but not spectacular. Mine is a replacement for a high-definition HV-20 that I share with my in-laws. I can never get my hands on it, so was hoping for something inexpensive, all-digital with good qualilty. The video is good in BRIGHT light, so-so indoors, and very grainy in lower light, but it does a good enough job if you're just trying to preserve something right away.
Summary: Update 05.18.2008: Contrary to first impressions (below) this camcorder is capable of remarkable video quality - even in EZ mode. Example: I shot a jackrabbit from more than 200 feet. Resulting video is sharp enough to see it blink. Pixela installation problem (red and blue models only): Replace the first three digits of the camcorders' serial number with 808.
Summary: My first video camera since vhs. Removed cds from box and tryed to load. Image Mixer 3 SE would not accept serial number of camera and therefore aborted install. Called Canon Tech support on Friday. Said I would get a call on Monday. Went back to second cd in box, Digital Video Solution, loaded ok but only works on stills, I think. Obviously, I don't have a clue. No documentation in box. No instructions. So, have shot some short videos but can't down load.