Summary: Absolutely no complaints about the quality of the picture, recording time, or anything else about this Canon camera. It is awesome. The ONLY reason I rate it 4 stars is that you just have to carry the instructions around with you. After owning mine for a year now, I still have to refer to the instructions to do things. It's pretty complicated. But I don't think there's anything I'll ever need to do with a video camera that this one will not do. It's that thorough.
Summary: I like this camera -- Canon HF M41. It has a lot of features to enhance your video shots. Low light It is better than all the others I've had. Easy to adjust amount of light coming into the camera. Batteries last pretty long -- almost 2 hours depending. The picture is very nice in most situations. The files seem to transfer just fine to a PC via USB cable. Plenty of space for shooting hours of footage, plus adding extra cards.
Very Good Video Quality - Get a good external Microphone
Mark Early, Amazon
10 January 2012
Summary: I like the camera a lot and have an earlier Canon model; HFS-100. The HF-M41 was purchased as an upgrade so the HFS-100 could become my 2nd angle camera for non-profit theatre group filming and political video volunteer work. Touch screen takes some getting use to compared to the HFS-100's thumb pointer non-touch LCD. HFS-100 feels more solid and seems to have a slightly larger lens assembly, though the HF M41 has better video specs.
Great quality and portability for a camcorder of this level!
9 January 2012
Summary: I bought this camcorder to replace my old Sony TRV95 Hi8 recorder. It is like night and day. The size of the camera and what it delivers is amazing. When you plug into your HD TV to play back a recorded video you will be awe-struck at the high definition quality. My first response was "I'm that old?
Summary: Concur with other reviews I have read on this product regarding the touchscreen. It does not respond very well to the touch. Some functions simply cannot be activated sometimes (play from the thumbnails, especially from the SD card) unless you use the stylus pen. Absolutely frustrating when this happens. At least, the stylus pen enables you to use the touchscreen fairly easily.
Summary: After much research, especially at Consumer Reports, the Canon Vixia HF M41 was the best fit for the money, features, and quality. A few features and processes are not intuitive. which requires some manual research. I have had only one opportunity to try it out, so some of my shots looked pretty sloppy, especially when I left it turned on accidentally for an extended period of time (got great audio, though!).
Summary: M41, IMOVIE, & FINAL CUT PRO X The Canon M41 works without any problems with Mac OSX Lion (10.7.2), iMovie '11 (9.0.4), and Final Cut Pro X (10.0.2). Just start-up iMovie or Final Cut Pro X, plug-in the SD memory card, and you are asked if you want to import the footage! TOUCH SCREEN As others have said, it is difficult to use the touch screen to navigate the menu system. It is so frustrating that I put the camera on automatic and just use it that way.
Summary: As a first-time videographer but long-time photographer, I found the VIXIA HF M41 a pleasure to use on the default settings except that I soon changed the recording mode from SP to MXP. I'm still learning everything one can do with the camera, but the menu system clearly needs work and is the reason for a one-star demerit. I recommend purchasing an additional battery pack (Wasabi) and 16GB memory cards to extend recording time.
If you need a good camera to tide you over until the next big technology jump, this is it
R. Longstreth, Amazon
15 November 2011
Summary: I had an old Canon camcorder that used digital tape. I looked at some cutting edge camcorders, even a model that could use lenses from my still camera, but I just felt the technology wasn't there yet given the price. Since I was about to go on a once in a lifetime trip and needed a replacement now for my old Canon, I opted for Canon VIXIA HF M41 HD Camcorder because it packed a lot of memory with great optics for a great price.