Summary: I chose the Canon Legria HF 16 after reading good reviews on picture Quality and I was not disappointed the colour and sharpness were brilliant. I liked the on/off button being located central to the back of the case rather than the more common top corner adjacent to the strap. This allows 'men sized hands' to easily hold the camera and apply the button with minimum shake, and to locate when in a hurry to use.
Summary: Love this Camcorder Used in France skiing for a week and battey was about 1 hour qualtity great only slight niggle is that the on off switch is hard to find good to hold recomend to hold with both hands as image greatly improved.
Summary: Why oh why to companies do this......why not simply let the product record information in a readily readable format instead of a format which can easily be played onto the tv, but then needs to be converted if it is going to be viewed on your pc or sent to the grand parents who are incapable of understanding that not all video files are the same. The camera itself is great and does everything we asked of it.
Excerpt: When I decided to buy a new camcorder earlier this year I wanted to go all out and get something special. I had a series of family parties and other events lined up, and was keen to create a visual record for future entertainment. The Legria HF R16 comes in at around £325, but as well as delivering superb image quality and being enormously versatile, the package is also very generous.
Pros: Records beautiful images, great range of features
Summary: As a first time video camera owner, I find that this camera is easy to use, compact, light-weight and very portable. I always liked the idea of recording straight to memory card instead of dvd or a hard drive. I recommend the highest definition record setting, but this does seem to drain the battery quite quickly. With a bit of play back through the TV, and shooting video clips, a single charge may last about 45mins.
Summary: Just returned from a fabulous trip to Iceland. Hadn't had the Legria HF R16 for very long before going , so didn't have a lot of time to practice with it. That said, I found it very easy just to use on Auto and pretty well point and shoot. Zoom is excellent, although a tripod would be better when using at full zoom to minimise shake (it can be very windy in Iceland).