Summary: After looking over the various models of Canon FS series camcorders, the Canon FS 11 appears to be one of the best. Coming with 16 GB of internal memory, this camera will record up to 10 hours and 25 minutes of video (LP - 3 mbps). By comparing to other top models on the Canon website, this model is arguably the best model that Canon makes. Use the link below to do side-by-side comparisons of various Canon camcorders on the official Canon Website. [...
Summary: I ordered my camera b/c we will be having a baby in June. It is a nice tiny easy to use camera. I bought it over Amazon b/c it was $150 cheaper then the next best price and the new Canon FS21 was not available. After using the camera, I found that I have a shaky hand, so I also got a tripod ($21 over Amazon) and the camera/tripod was used for my wife's babyshower. It got the job done!
Summary: I am not a techie, so for information on specs, you'll have to scroll on and read someone else's review. What I can tell you is that I'm an ameture photographer with limited means who wanted something simple, functional, and compact for my purposes and that's exactly what I got with the FS11. The video camera was bought as a companion for a Nikon D80, so I cannot speak for the photography function as I never use it.
Summary: When the batteries died on my old Sony Digital8 camcorder I began looking for a replacement camcorder. My chief requirement was a flash drive camcorder. I was first interested in the Panasonic SDR-S7, it was not as capable in most - or even all important features - but was as much as $200 less than the Canon FS11. Then Amazon discounted the FS11, and I'm so glad I got the price drop because this camera is awesome.
Summary: When my MiniDV camcorder conked out for the second time I decided it was time to go pure digital and I was either going for a HDD recorder or a flash recorder. This uses the same MPEG4 recording algorithm as the HDD recorders so it has the same video quality; it just records to flash memory. The benefit is that this camera is MUCH smaller and lighter. It also powers on very quickly so you don't miss as many recording opportunities.
Summary: We could use it right out of the box. It works just fine with Apple Mac tools, but the download is quite slow. Lightweight, good resolution pictures, stability control seems to work just fine. Sound is a little hokey; it picks up the voice of the operator just fine but the sounds from further away are not great; But then again I did not add a remote mic. For what we need, this camcorder is just the ticket.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Simple Controls, Very lightweight
Summary: I've really enjoyed the size, quality and convenience of this camcorder. I took it on our family trip to Disney, and was able to record hours of video on a full battery. By far, the good out ways the bad. BUT...I HATE having to use Canon's software to transfer my videos to my computer. The software is not user-friendly and you will have to purchase a 3rd party software to edit your video.
Pros: Comfortable to Operate, Durable, Great Features, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Simple Controls
Summary: This is my first camcorder and so far it has been very easy to operate. After I charged the battery I was ready to start filming. For basic controls, it is very intuitive, very easy! The quality is good but definitely not professional level. The camera function on the camcorder is not that great but I think anyone getting this probably already has a digital camera that they like and use. This camcorder is great for home events, kids sports, and vacations.
Summary: Only complaint I have is the software it comes with. Not that it doesn't work, AND I've nly used it twice now to download and store clips on my CP harddrive, so maybe I'll get used to it. BUT it is not just a "turn key" system that you look and say "oh, that's how you do it." Seems I have to play around with it. HOWEVER. I would highly recommend this device to anyone.