Summary: PROs are covered in other reviews. CONs: wide end of the zoom is not wide enough. Pay attention: SDHC media handling is error prone. I had Transcend 32 GB Class 10 SDHC card TS32GSDHC10E. The camcorder would recognize it as Class 4.
Summary: Cons: -as others reviewers have pointed out, you can't stand too close for a wide enough picture - the up-close aspect ratio is awkward -user interface is not the most intuitive - took a long time too figure out how to change any basic settings.
Summary: Note that this model does not have a viewfinder. You need to step up to the Vixia HFS21 to get a viewfinder. This point can be easy to miss. Make sure that you consider the requirement for a fast, late model PC to handle high definition video. Make sure to read manual thoroughly.
Pros: All the advertised features work as advertised, and work well. Large, 3.5" touch screen. I am very happy with this product.
Cons: Included software has minimal functionality. Plan on purchasing better 3rd party software. Records in AVCHD format only, high definition only. Conversion to standard definition ("DVD" or "WEB" MPG) can be done in camera from SD card "A" slot to SD card "B" slot only, same resolution only, and is ...
Quite good - white balance can be a bit dodgy - night photos a struggle
19 September 2010
Summary: Fantastic camera/video camera. Nothing will replace a great SLR, but for a dual purpose camera, this is fantastic. The video quality is great, the photos are very nice as well. My only issue is that night photos are pretty tough.
Summary: This is my first video camera. I was looking for video camera whose auto mode should give me great performance and this camera really gives great results. HD 1080p (MXP) with native 24 frames per second Video quality is excellent. It captures all colors in great detail.
Summary: This camcorder is the best I have ever bought. You can't beat this in every area. The only gripe I have is that it was hard to assemble. I had to have my friend come over and help me put the battery in.
Great, but not as nearly good as the Panasonic HDC-TM700
19 September 2010
Summary: I bought the Vixia H S200 based on the many good reviews and the top rating on cNet. It is a great all around camcorder no doubt with fabulous image and video quality. It ranks at the top of what's out there today in the prosumer or near-prosumer category.
Summary: Wanted an affordable camera with manual focus, good low light, and 1080p resolution. This is a great camera and it works perfect. You can even do some semi-slow motion since it records at 60i (by default), and get a cool effect. It also records in other frame rates such as 24p.
Summary: I also have the previous year's version of this camera, the Canon HF S100. If I could combine the older "manual" menu system of the S100 with the rest of the S200 I would rate it five stars. Just because something like the touch screen menu system can be done, does not mean it should be done.