Summary: it doesn't shut off or even pause recording when you fold the screen closed, because of which we ended up losing the chance to film our wedding due to a run down battery. when you record, the dot is red, but when you pause it is green: this causes confusion as to weather you are actually filming and resulted in the loss of many hours of footage when we thought we were recording. (c'mon guys, everyone knows green means go and red means stop.
Summary: I purchased this camera to take video specifically with a microphone. It does that, fortunately. The image stabilization is also nice. And, sadly, that's where my praise ends. The image quality in this camera's videos is terrible. A Flip takes better, smoother, crisper footage. And for photos, forget it. Break that button or cover it with tape, because you'll only hate the results.
Summary: I bought this camera from Best Buy in May, 2009. This July, 2010, the camera has been deemed an expensive paper weight. After approx. 1 year of occasional use, the LCD display failed. I mean it just up and quit working. The camera would turn on and record normally, but that's completely useless as you have no way of knowing what you're recording and no way of adjusting settings.
Summary: I bought the FS200 flash memory camcorder, because it was not expensive plus making all kinds of promises( I did not need a video maker at the moment but I had enough money to make a purchase). I have other Canon cameras and they have worked very well so I ddid not think I would have any problems with the FAS200. Well I did learn something "don't judge a book by its coverup.
Summary: This camera is Useless. I'm not sure where to begin with the six month odyssey I have been through with this THING. First of all it not even mine. I bought it for my son for Christmas. Seems to work great, as far as shooting and all goes. Problem is can't get the video off it on to any of our computers. My son has my old G4. What the heck, doesn't work on that. Its a bit disappointing, but I get it. Its an old computer.
Summary: I expected more from this camera after reading the reviews. After making a few short films in multiple lighting settings, the picture quality was not good. I get a better video off my digital camera that I bought for 150.00 dollars. The images were pixilated and not smooth. Colors were not good either. I do not recommend buying this camera. The software was also difficult to use with my Mac.
Summary: this a camera is crap. I just bought it and have been trying to make it work for 4 days now. Problems: the $[...] digital camera that also takes video had way better video quality. the camera and the software that comes with it doesn't work with a mac you need to have every cable hook up at once to import video 2 power cords and the usb (it's annoying when your infront of your home computer imposible anywhere else) MOD files suck nothing opens them and you have to two or...
Summary: This would have been a winner hands down for the one feature that it has that every other camcorder in it's price range lacks, an audio input jack for external microphone. Every other camcorder in it's price range had neglected the need for good audio. But, the video format, according to another reviewer, is not compatible with most professional editing software. Sorry. FAIL.
Summary: Awful, complicated manuals (there are 3 or 4 here, none of them the 'Basics' guide). Glaring omissions, silly repetitions. Average video quality, horrifying still image quality, worse than my phone. Doesn't play well with Mac and Apple. Doesn't show up as a device. Movie files won't transfer without the old 'streaming' method. Movie files are actually in a ".MOD" format on the camera, sorry Canon I've never heard of it.
Chris Coulson "first time camcorder buyer", Amazon
17 August 2009
Summary: I just got the camcorder today with all excitement. But I am quite dissapointed with the video picture . I own Canon EOS so I got Canon for camcoder too. Big mistake. This video is not in the quality of what I have expected from Canon. Even I changed quality of video, xp, sp,and lp, grainy picture does not make any difference in file size or amount of light. I have tried outside, inside, low light inside and night time. All of them are grainy and I can't stand this.