Summary: I bought the Canon Vixia HF M31 camcorder. A lovely little machine that overall I like. However, the Pixela ImageMixer software bundled with the camera, which one has to use to save video files onto your PC, is absolutely USELESS. I'm using Windows 7. I installed it as directed, connected the camera as directed, and the software doesn't launch when I attach the camera, and won't recognize that the camera if I open it manually. So I can go no further.
Summary: I fully subscribe to Ms. Bayly's review. This camcorder has been a great disappointment for me. Indoors performance is unacceptable from a technology leader like Canon. As a matter of fact, I feel more than a bit ripped off.