Summary: Camera is OK. Picture quality is fine when you set it to XP mode. It's too small to use for big hands and zoom button is very hard to reach with your finger, so every time you are trying to zoom in and out, video shakes alot. You hand will get numb in about 10 minutes just because of that zoom button positioning. Sound quality is surprizingly good. The worst thing about this camera is software. It has ancient Windows 3.1 look and functionality.
Excerpt: With so many camcorder models out there on the market today, it’s difficult to know exactly where to go. So many people fixate on the price as a good judge of quality, but with amazing technology being worked into the most basic of models, this isn’t necessarily true. Likewise, people get hung up on brands and trusted names. While this is certainly a good way to look at a new purchase, this isn’t necessarily true either.
Summary: Okay, I bought this camcorder as everything looked good as to its abilities and I know I need to convert to a newer media; still use 8mm on a Sony for last 7 years, a fine machine indeed. Went with Canon for the Mac compatibility. WRONG! Its a shame too as this is one small, gorgeous piece of equipment.
Summary: Pros: Good quality video; stereo sound; good low light sensitivity; small size, light weight; controlled zoom rate; pre-record; good set of shooting modes for both photo and video, such as scene and backlight settings; good battery duration. Cons: Video mode: The digital image stability is good, but a steady hand is still necessary, especially at higher zoom levels. Much of the large zoom capacity is only usable with a tripod; "2000X Digital Zoom" is fiction.
Summary: I have several Canon digital cameras, so when I decided to purchase a camcorder I immediately went to Canon. I waited a month for this new version. I wanted a small camcorder--and this is definitely small. I am a bit disappointed in the quality of the videos. For movies taken in full light I can hardly tell the difference between these movies and the ones I take with my Canon PowerShot A570 IS digital camera! Although, the sound is definitely better with the camcorder.
Summary: Sometimes the ground is just to wet or dirty (or your clothes are too good) to lie on the sand and take a picture of a beautiful flower: enter the angle-finder! Also very good for taking street-picture, as most people are accustomed to the photographer looking at them through the lens, instead of looking down.
Summary: I bought it for astrography thinking it would be helpful in focusing in the dark. You know it will be very difficult to tell if it is focused when you shoot a dim object at infinity. I taped the dioptric adjustment but I found it's useless. Because whenever I switch between 1.25 and 2.5 magnification, I should readjust the dioptric to make sure it was in focus. It became extremely awkward to switch among focus ring, dioptric, and 1.25 or 2.5 magnification in the dark.