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.
Great Camcorder - Still learning more about it minute by minute
21 April 2011
Summary: I returned the Canon M300 after being utterly dissapointed by it's low light capabilities and graininess and decided to jump the gun and go w/ the S200. It was a night and day difference and I'm glad I made the switch. For one, indoor shooting is a priority for me and the s200's capabilities were sufficent in that department, MUCH better than the m300.
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: Fantastic video and features. I'm more than pleased with this purchase. Battery life could be better but looking at it's tiny battery I'm not suprised of it's small capacity. I always carry a spare battery so it's no big deal. Problem is recently my Canon developed a strange sound. With the unit turned off or with the unit on but not recording as I tilt the Canon side to side or back and forth something inside is rocking back and forth.
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.