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.