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. Don't get me wrong, its very nice compared to standard def camcorders but there are pros and cons to the video quality.
Summary: I purchased this camera to record my Football Teams games with. The camera itself is very nice, I do not have one single complaint, and battery life is pretty good. I do have a huge complaint with the crappy software that comes with this camera, it is junk. I have been searching high and low for some decent software, and it does not seem to exist.
Summary: Review of Amazon's Customer Service: I received my HF100 very quickly. It was backordered and shipped out (I assume) the same day that more came into stock. I paid for one day shipping (3.99 with prime), and received my order the day after Amazon got more in stock. Great job at a great price! Review of HF100: By FAR, this camcorder is the best I have used of any solid state memory camcorder or hard drive-based camcorder.
HF100 vs HV20: observations on video quality trade-offs and editing/distribution
Hans H. Roehrig "bubba", Amazon
30 June 2008
Summary: I have a one year old HV20 and a 2 month old HF100. First and foremost, I care about video quality, but convenience is also important. Each year, we go to the Fraser Valley in Colorado - an area surrounded by pine-forest covered peaks. Last year, we took a ton of footage with the HV20. Did the same this year with the HF-100. Three fundamental things about the video quality strike me in comparing similair footage.
Great daylight video but mediocre low light performance
M. Senn "Max", Amazon
1 May 2008
Summary: I bought the Vixia HF100 for the fantastic all-in price of $750 at Amazon/J&R. I chose this Canon over comparable flash-based Panasonic and Sony cameras because it had better reviews, and I liked the external microphone option because I record a lot of concerts. After 2 days of experimentation, my conclusions: PROS: Small, light, quiet. Also, it wasn't clear from the reviews, but you can actually adjust the volume of the built-in mikes, and not just external mikes.
Summary: The HF100 is a good camcorder. It takes better photos than I expected, as Canon's camcorders generally take anywhere from terrible to almost acceptable photos, and the video quality is nice and sharp. The image stabilizer is wonderful, low light performance is all right, battery life is okay, and compression efficiency and quality is very good. Let's get more specific. I'll just go in order of where I started and add anything else I can think of along the way.