Summary: all things considered it's a desent camcorder for the money. assuming good lighting, the video quality is actually pretty good, for a non HD camera. on XP you can drag&drop cam and vid files without software.
Pros: gotta love the size, easily fits in a small coat pocket. Pretty good clarity and color if the lighting is good. It also has a fair amount of manual controls for the price. the EASY mode works well in most conditions. 2.5 + hours battery life.
Cons: my biggest complaint is the low light performance. it becomes really pixelated/grainy in moderate light "my living room with two lamps". I've had a lot of trouble with the ImageMixer 3 SE software on my Vista Ultimate computer. Vista doesn't have a USB driver, if in video mode if the software isn...
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.
I did not liked because this was not described in the offer
Luiz Fernando Abreu, Amazon
2 August 2008
Summary: The item was delivered without box, without manual, without the stripe for the hand, without the SD card. In other words, ok, the camera was working, but was stripped from everything. I did not liked because this was not described in the offer. Next time I will buy a new product instead of used.
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 got this FS100 because I wanted a camcorder. Before, I had a Kodak digital camera, and the only feature the video setting had was on/off. No zoom, no white balance, no nothing. So, this camera seemed decent, I got it for a good price, and I was super happy with it.
Summary: Working SD Cards Kingston 2G MicroSD - sees as a Class 4 card. Kingston 1G MicroSD - warns that it may not work Danc-Elec 2GB SD - sees as a Class 4 card Transcend 8GB SDHC Class 6 - Camera sees as Class 6 Focus Focus is slow when there isn't sufficient lighting and when you zoom in too close.
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.
Summary: I want to save anyone from buying this product. I bought the JVC Everio 330 prior to this, but was interested in the Canon because it had a mic input. I bought the Canon FS100 at Walmart and of course started filming right there in the parking lot.
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.
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.