Still one of the best in it's price range, if not THE best.
10 November 2012
Summary: The quality of this camcorder is, in my view, the best of the camcorders that are: 1. Small pocket camcorders. 2. Under $700 street price. 3. Shoots HD to digital media. This camcorder have very good video that shoots to SD memory cards.
Summary: Contrary to other reviews that say this camera works with a Mac and the iMovie "automatically" imports the video from the camera, actually neither the Canon HF100 camera nor the SDHC card from it are recognized by iMovie '09 running on my fairly recent 2008 MacBook with latest operating system(even...
Summary: I did a LOT of research before settling on this camera. That said, I had very high expectations... Video Quality: I wasn't quite as impressed as I thought I would be. I watched the demo video on Canon's web site and I thought it looked amazing.
Nice Camcorder - software almost as good as a bucket of excrement
Cory B., Newegg
10 February 2009
Summary: I would have given a 5 star rating, but the supplied software is really lousy.
Pros: The camcorder itself is very nice. The video quality is beautiful. The camcorder is well beyond my video shooting skills. It is light and small. I love that the video records to sd card. 16gb = 2 hours of 1920x1080 1080i video
Cons: The supplied software is a joke. I immediately regretted installing the software. The supplied canon software does not include any software that can interact with the camera. When connecting via USB to download videos from the camera, the camera says not to power it off or disconnect it from the ...
Summary: I was searching for a new camera since my old on broke. I decided I wanted an HD camera and did quite a bit of research between DV & AVCHD. I thought I would stick with the DV since many reports said AVCHD wasn't up to DV standards yet. That was until mid 2008.
Pros: Video quality!! AVCHD is as good as DV in this camera at the 17MBPS setting. Records in true widescreen 1920X1080 but only at the highest video setting. Lower Settings record at 1440X1080 Good video in low light settings. Good image stabilization. By using a good elbow rest I can hold the camera ...
Cons: Battery life isn't real good. Lasts bout 45 minutes for me. Included software is pretty SAD. It gets the video files off your camera and lets you burn a DVD but that's about it. You certainly WILL NOT be editing your home videos with this program. But if you don't have an editing program that wil...
Pros: The hardware is unbeatable, the quality is fantastic and I recorded the my recent trip to Hawaii on it and the picture is comparable to most HD TV.
Cons: I HATE the software you're forced to use with this camera, you are forced to write on DVD-R instead of DVD+R's and the software feels slow and clunky, the upload time to the computer is pretty decent but to write to a DVD(the full 4.7gb of it) Takes 1-2 hours.
Summary: First off, buy the extended battery and charger, just do it, trust me. Second, HIGHLY recommend wide angle lens, it's like Dial-up to Broadband, the difference in video is amazing. I use my old Sony VCL-0637H. Without it, a bit too much tunnel vision.
Pros: Size - Absolutely perfect. Small, Compact, Fits in the palm, buttons are still big enough to use easily. Performance - Outdoes my Sony DCR-PC100 Digital Tape camcorder to which this model was to replace. Storage - No Moving parts, Flash Memory Peripherals - All my 37mm lens adapters fit, bonus !!!
Cons: Battery - included battery is all but useless. Purchased optional long life battery and charger. Long life battery, it should come standard, but oh well. No View Finder - I'm old school, outside, bright sunlight, I like to stick my eye in an enclosed viewfinder. This has none, so, the Screen is a...
4.5 Stars: Great Video Quality, Slightly Quirky Menu System
20 December 2008
Summary: I also did quite a bit of research between various Sony and Canon HD models and kept coming back to this one, partially because it had very similar specs to some of the more expensive models, and partially because the indication seemed to be the quality was top-notch for HD video.
Summary: I am not at all unhappy with it, but you need to really consider if you are ready to deal with the HD files. You may have to invest in new software and even hardware to deal with the massive video file this little things creates.
Pros: Amazing image quality. Very easy to use. Memory cards are reliable and very inexpensive.
Cons: Battery life is a real problem. Built in microphones are OK but not great. Some features a little tricky to access.