Summary: Although I will rate the operation high for this camera, I have spent alot of time going back & forth with Canon & Mac trying to get it to be able to download to my IMac. I would suggest that if you have a Mac, get something else.
Summary: While the camera features and abilities are fine for the price range, when one gets to the editing, if one can get there, the included software is a disaster, very user unfriendly. "Help" gives one just enough info to get the user in trouble, lost in a maze of techy jargon confusing direction. For this reason alone I can not or would not recommend this camera.
Summary: Love Canons! have always had one! But this one!?!? So horribly difficult to get to my videos. I thought with an SD card I would just point, shoot, plug and burn. Boy was I wrong. It took so much to get to my video and then when I finally was able to burn it, there was no sound. I had to sneak in a back door to get to my video because the software included was utterly useless.
Summary: I purchased the FS300 from amazon and am returning it. It's defective, the lens cover is supposed to automatically open when you power on the unit.... It only opened a few times, then suddenly it stopped opening when i pressed power, i had to remove the battery pack to get it to open. Something this new should not have that problem.
Summary: EDIT: I am unable to edit videos filmed with this on Windows Live Movie Maker, because the audio is nonexistent and sometimes becomes a very loud, choppy noise. Until Windows fixes their movie maker to work with MPEG-2 files, I'll have to stick to my point and shoot camera, which also shoots HD videos but doesn't autofocus in video.
Summary: To say this camera works seamlessly with a Mac is a joke. It's very spotty at best - and I've spent literally hours (today for example) trying to get iMovie '09 to recognize the camera - even though the camera icon shows up as a drive on the desktop. Yes, I've downloaded video in the past, but it's always a crapshoot. So buyer beware. I had NO idea Canon would even release a camera that didn't work seamlessly with the Mac Platform. Disappointed to say the least. Help!
Summary: Canon seems to have taken a step down from the comparatively-excellent FS200 with a range of features that fall short in so many areas. As others have mentioned, the software included is practically useless, but more importantly the video quality just isn't there. There are major compression artifacts that appear whenever there's significant movement or any zooming used, it handles low night very poorly, resulting in grainy video, and the single-shot feature produces low...
Summary: Camera takes decent videos, it's the software that came with it that made this item a nightmare. First of all of the PDF user manual had many pages that would not display, so I had to go on the web and download it. Then the Pixela video editing software was very difficult and frustrating to figure out and use. Editing and uploading videos was awful. If you like plenty of frustration buy this camera.
Summary: The camera lacks. The video quality is grainy grainy grainy. There is electronic feedback heard when you zoom in and out. Albeit its very quiet but its still there when you play back the video. The zoom capability is amazing but that being said, whats the point if the image sucks? It looks so nice on the lcd screen. I am so disappointed. I was so excited about getting this camera after I read the manufactures description.