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!
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.
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.
Summary: This was my first camcorder and I was looking for one that was lightweight and simple to use. This model is perfect for those reasons. The battery lasted at least what it said on the box, though I did buy an additional battery in case.
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.