Summary: What is there to say? Canon lens, and image processing. I've had this for more than 2 years now and it's been very reliable. At the top bit rate, the images are clear, sharp. Granted, it's a little grainy in low light, but that's the tradeoff with digital. Lots of options to fine-tune your video with pro controls--quite surprising in such an affordable consumer product. I shoot with this often and it has never let me down.
Summary: I bought this as an upgrade to my HF S100. I was sold on the native 24FPS. I had no idea the quality would actually be this great! Admittedly, the standard battery is not sufficient for any sort of prolonged shoot, but I got my HF S200 off Ebay with a Canon BP827 long life battery included. Overall, the improvements on this model make it an ideal upgrade.
Summary: 5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing HD Picture and manual controls, May 2011,from Leonel Bernhardt, Maldonado Uruguay. Cannon HF S200 -Beatiful Camera!. Crisp HD Quality . Awsome in daylight shoots. Definitely improved LOW light shoots from my older HF10. Powered IS does a great Job in reducing handycam shakes, and great TOUCH Screen-at last- from Cannon. The quality 8 MP Photo's were OK. Has lot of Manual Controls to play and experiment with.
Summary: I upgraded to the Vixia HF S200 from the Vixia HF200, and I couldn't be more pleased. Although the HF S200 is larger and heavier, which is a turn-off for some people, it is definitely a change for the better in terms of the quality gained. The image quality simply is clearer and sharper. The touch-screen is a fantastic addition as well, particularly when it comes to ease of focus.
Summary: I enjoy the camera a great deal and use it almost every other day with my daughter. The image quality in low light in my only gripe and its still nice (I just expected a little different.) This is my first camcorder though and lighting appears to be everything so unless I wanted to shell out a few grand for a camcorder, I feel like this was a great deal and something that will see it's cost returned in a short period with all the memories I'll be saving for my family.
Summary: Works great, but bought the larger battery. I tried a number of the cameras out at my local best buy before I bought it and this camera had the best image stabilization for the ones in my price range.