Summary: I went for this camera as it was a match my existing Canon camera, which unfortunately ceased to work after I fell into a deep Dartmoor bog with my camera in my hand. It didn't like being immersed in bog! It used the same tapes, same batteries and the same interface with my computer which saved me from possible complications in editing and putting my efforts on DVDs.
Summary: I bought this camcorder a little while ago to use as a small note taking camera for film ideas, and to gather material for drawing and painting. It is very easy to use and delivers very good results for its size. It really does fit into the palm of your hand, and most of the controls fall easily into place. I really like the joystick operation in playback, and find it very easy to use.
Summary: Before buying any Canon miniDV camcorder check the internet for Canon rewind problems. I've just started to suffer this on my MV530i and have discovered that the same problem occurs on other Canon camcorders including the GL2. After recording a tape the rewind works fine until it's about two thirds back and then gives a remove tape message. To comple the the rewind I have to do it by hand.
Summary: After trying a compact video camera I decided to plump for this tape machine. I was advised that this would give me the quality and flexibility I was looking for. I have not been disappointed. It handles well, gives a good, sharp picture and easy access for showing on my home tv or computer. A great machine!
Summary: As my previous camcorder had packed up, I was looking for a replacement. I was wary of DVD or Hard Disk-based camcorders as I do a lot of computer-based video editing and from my research it seemed Mini DV still had a lot to offer on that front. And I was looking to save as much money as I could. The Canon MD205 isn't the most complicated or highly specified video camera available - far from it.
Summary: I bought this camcorder last week and have just used it to record a friend's wedding. It is my first camcorder so bear that in mind! Hardware: The camcorder fits my hand nicely after adjusting the strap, with the small number of controls in easy reach. Both the screen and viewfinder are bright and easy to use, my only gripe is that several of the controls are on the LCD screen surround, so you can't change them if you are using the viewfinder.
Summary: This is a great camcorder for the price. The 36x zoom is superb, and the image stabilisation works very well. It's pretty lightweight and will fit neatly into a coat pocket. Image quality is not as good as more expensive models, but for filming family holidays etc it's perfectly adequate. My only slight gripe is I can't easily turn the date on for a few seconds at the beginning of filming like I used to be able to with my old 8mm Canon camcorder.