Summary: This was my first foray into the world of `proper' camcorders - having previously only used the video functionality on my phone or camera. And it pretty much did exactly what I wanted it to do. Setup was nice and easy, and it was only a matter of a few minutes from opening the box that I was testing it out. I know other reviewers have commented on the image stabilisation but it was fine for what I was using it for.
Summary: I wanted to use this camcorder for a few months before writing my review as that way I'd use it in variable conditions and would get to understand the functions. Overall, I'm very pleased with it - usability is good and the images are excellent except in low light conditions. It can be used pretty much out of the box but it does have some special features which are explained on the CD and very briefly in the booklet that come in the pack.
Summary: Being a Sony camcorder user I was interested in seeing how this Canon would stack up against my much loved HDR-CX130. For all intents and purposes both camcorders have a similar design and a similar feature set. This can record in full HD 1080P, features a touchscreen and many other features you would expect. Shooting is fine in auto mode and it adjusts the lighting and white balance well enough in outdoor conditions.
Summary: I wanted to upgrade my very basic Nikon digital camera and I have started to look into the camcorders. This camera is good for non pro (I am not a photographer). I wanted something light, with double card storage and with a good zoom. I bought this camera as the features looked very similar to cameras at the same price point and it was at a discounted price. All good with the exception of poor battery life: 75 minutes is a joke!
Summary: An extremely compact HD camcorder that gives excellent image quality with a more than acceptable sound stage considering the microphone placement. Unusually for a camera of this type it has slots for two SD cards - I fitted mine out with two 16G cards, enough for about 4 hours of HD recording!
Summary: I use small handy cam video recorders for wildlife conservation film recording, often at sea where bigger more sophisticated cameras are hard to use on a bouncing deck. My main criticism of this camera is that (like most other compact camera's and handy cam's nowadays), there is no eyepiece, just a screen. Its not up to filming in bright sunlight on zoom.
Does the job - though poor in low-lighting conditions
27 December 2011
Summary: Canon's HF R206 camcorder doesn't look so special when it comes to looks, but it does have a nice simple look to it, that said it's the perfect size for me and is extremely lightweight, making it very comfortable to use. I've been using this camcorder for over a month now and whilst I wouldn't say it's the best camcorder out there, it does give really good results, it has great zoom, fantastic face detection and it has been perfect for my needs.
Summary: This was a perfectly timed replacement for my old tape based camcorder which must be about 10 years old. This is a sleek camcorder which fits very comfortably in the palm of the right hand. (I always wonder whether left handed users have a problem with camcorders since they all seem to be set up for right handed use?). The picture quality from this is excellent.
Summary: Worked more or less straight out of the box. Limited written instructions on how to get you going, the rest you have to find on the supplied CD - not always practical. I was impressed with the picture quality, but I'm less keen on the touch screen which is not very sensitive and therefore not as responsive - you have to press firmly says the manual. I have to use my nail to operate the icons which worries me as the screen is soft.
Summary: This is a light portable camera. It looks good and has a good range of features and its at a good price. It is almost identical to the R26 and R28 models. The R206 doesn't come with internal memory. But the price of a 32GB SD card is £40, whereas the R28 is £100 more! Doesn't add up. You might as well buy the R206 and purchase memory cards. The price of memory comes down pretty fast, so I've opted for a 16GB card, which is sufficient for the time being.