Summary: I bought this camcorder more than two years ago and I was never disappointed in the quality of HD video and still photos this small camcorder delivers. It is very easy to transfer videos and photos to your PC for further editing by simply connecting the camera to your PC with the provided USB cable. It will show up as an USB drive and then you can basically drag and drop the files to your hadr disk.
Large lens, great low light, manual focus ring/dial. 5 stars
30 March 2012
Summary: before this camera I used 3CCD Panasonic PV-GS300 cameras. This camera is much better. The lens is huge by comparison and the picture is in HD. The low light level is much better too. There may be some issues with this camera, but I haven't found them yet. Well, except for the microphones on the camera. They could be better; this doesnt matter much to me though because I am using the external output into a condenser mic of my own.
Summary: Pros - Nice and sharp image - Very good autofocus - Takes pretty good still images outside (not inside) - Really like the continuous photo feature which allows you to take lots of pics very quickly - You can set the zoom speed Cons - Very narrow lens - Not good in low light (the pop up video light doesn't help at all) - Image stabilization is worthless - Coloring is unique on this camera. Some things look good, but a lot of times things look a little washed out & dull.
Summary: The picture quality from this camcorder is crisp and vivid, and the controls are pretty intuitive as well. I also like the fact that it has a microphone jack for an external microphone so that the sound quality can match the excellent picture quality (many of the camcorders I looked at before buying this one didn't have that facility). The only small complaint I have is that it doesn't have a manual focus ring, which makes manual focusing a little clumsy.
Summary: Just have owned my S10 for 14 months, but now it just died. the bad news is that it's just out of warrenty. I regret i didn't buy the extended warrenty. The estimate repair fee will cost $231. I believe i have totally recorded video no more than 20 hours.....now it's just dead. I can't believe Canon's product is so unreliable. Won't buy Canon's product anymore. totally rip off.
Summary: I researched like crazy and settled on this camcorder, bought it in early Mach, 2010 from Amazon. I wanted a good HD camcorder to video my son in his last season of high school baseball. The HD quality is superb when camcorder is connected to my Samsung HD TV. Whether I filmed under the lights or during the day, excellent quality video and even when zoomed in 10x, the quality, thanks to HD, is amazing.