Summary: Mostly a fine camera. The video performance is good. There is problem that should have been fixed by Canon with some kind of firmware upgrade: It will allow you to take a photo without a memory card installed.
Have been impressed as a Camcorder, but mislead about SD cards
30 October 2012
Summary: Camera has worked great since we bought it. Picture and sound are solid. Only complaint is I should have done more research. I bought this thinking I would be able to take the SD card out and put it in a computer/MAC to work with the video files.
Summary: So far everything works fine and the picture is great. The 3 speed zoom option is great and all the picture settings are really easy to navigate. They are two cons however with this cam. The first one is the short batt. Life, but I knew that before buying so I got a bigger batt.
Almost the perfect video camera--except for the autofocus
E. McKay, Amazon
18 October 2010
Summary: This camera is well designed and has all the features I need. The only problem is that I can't get the autofocus to work well--the resulting videos do not have the sharpness I would expect from a HD video camera.
Summary: I'm going to keep this short. Other reviewers have pointed out the many great things about this camcorder, and there are many. Unfortunately, there is one deal breaker for me, and I'm absolutely shocked that more people haven't mentioned it.....the lens is not wide angle enough!!