Summary: Purchased this camcorder on a recommend from my daughter. Product delivered in fast time, no problems with packaging or the contents. Still very much a novice, but does what it says it will, and no rocket scientist education required to follow the instructions. Sound could be better, so like others, I will need to invest in an 'add on' microphone. Feel that canon could include some sort of protective carry bag, even if it meant hiking the price a wee bit.
Summary: It's a shame that so many people are turning to HD camcorders, as most can't compare with the footage quality of miniDV camcorders like this. At just under £100 it's such a low price for high quality results. This camcorder is so simple to use and connects instantly to a computer to download. No fancy docking cradle or tricky software involved. Robust and lightweight. I've used my canon md101 for over a year now and am delighted with it.
Excerpt: "I chose the Canon MD101 mainly because of good reviews here on Ciao and on Kelkoo, but I have to say that the £149 feels too much money for what is, really, a pretty basic machine. I bought the camcorder for YouTube projects, and had to contend with several comments about the poor quality of the finished product. I'll try to explain what I mean below... APPEARANCE The camera may be silver and shiny, but there is an overall feeling of flimsiness ...
Summary: as a first time user with a camcorder, I have to say I'm really impressed. I took it to America with my family and am very pleased with the footage I took, lasting memories. Very good value, I left all the settings on easy so just pointed and shot the images, no "rocket scientist" needed! Definitely recommended.
Summary: You get what you pay for everywhere, but sometimes you get better than you have a right to expect. I bought this on impulse 'cos it was cheaper than the compact digital stills camera I had gone to buy. It performs far better than I had any right to expect. Dead easy to use, but with a good degree of manual flexibility. Good optics, good facilities (including external mic and a proper viewfinder).
Summary: wasnt expecting too much for the price, just wanted something functional to take on my holiday. Got back, plugged into TV and was amazed at how crisp the footage is, both audio and video are v good quality. Also very robust in spite of the plasticy feel it got dropped a couple of times and also rained on.