Summary: it was complicated to download into iMovie, think I have it now though. It is compact and recordings come out very nice as far as quality of pictures... It has both a memory card and internal memory so when using it you need to know which you are using or you will see a memory full message. I did end up buying an additional memory card, by the way. Also during the first try at deleting what i thought was a single segment I deleted an entire clip...
Summary: I have to agree with most of the other reviews already on here. This camera has a lot of great qualities - it is very small, easy to use from a recording standpoint, and has a huge internal battery - we basically recorded relatively short videos (2-3 minutes) from late October to late June without running out of battery space.
Summary: I was forced to buy this camara as there were no more camara's with the mini dvd left on the market. Yes it's easy to use. point and record. I cannot tell you about the sound or quality of picture bacause I can't get my videos off the stupid thing. So now I have a camcorder full of recorded video that sits on the shelf and collects dust because I cannot burn anything to a dvd. I've followed the manual, searched on line.... nothing.
Summary: Great little camcorder!!! Sound could be better, But picture is outstanding! I'd tried one of the other Canon's ( the HF R20) and was very disappointed! ( short battery life+ other stuff). If you're looking for just a plain ol' do the job camcorder, the FS31 is it. 3+hr battery, 3+hr built in mem, easy to set up and use. If your one who's trying/wanting to shoot hi-end HD/Hollywood productions then it's not.
An excellent camera - Easy to Use and Carry around
A. Kurian "AK", Amazon
26 April 2011
Summary: I am not a huge fan of Cam-coders simply because my first preference is always a photograph..(yup... in the age of viral videos and I am old fashioned geek!!) However, I had to get one (thanks to my Son's school programs) and I spent quite a lot of time searching for the right camera..to the extend of going completely nuts with the amount of choices and conflicting reviews.
Summary: We bought this camera right before our daughter was born and have been nothing but happy with its performance. My husband also takes it hunting with him when he wants to film wildlife. I do not have any really technical comments for the camera, but it functions as a good compact camera that has taken all the milestone videos of our daughter we wanted.
Summary: This is a nice small Camcorder with a very easy to use format. How ever if your computer is a Mac the soft ware you get in the kit will not work on Apple.I have contacted Canon asking what I can do about this.