Summary: The camcorder I purchased was factory refurbished, hoping all the issues other people have had with the tape mechanism have been fixed. I purchased it with an extended warranty just in case. For the price, the camcorder is a great buy. I wanted the MiniDV style since we're going on a week long vacation and wanted to be sure we could simply pop in a new tape and keep taping without the need to upload data to a computer first.
Summary: Not sure of all of these problems people are having, but i bought my Elura 70 about 4 years ago from [...] and have recorded about 10 tapes before i lost my charger last year. I have carried this camcorder overseas twice now, and it worked flawlessly on 220 electricy (with converter).. Can't really complain about it except that it cost me around $[...] 4 years ago, wasn't cheap. I just got a new charger and it works fine, without any tape glitches or error messages.
Summary: Out of the box, the Elura 70 is fabulous. Amazing shots, nice 18x optical zoom, and great image stabilization. But after recording about eight tapes, the camera started to reject tapes when insterted. The error message "Remove the cassette" always appeared and the tape ejected immediately. Now the camera is unusable. Each time I put in a brand new tape the camera will start up, spin some wheels, and then stop the wheels, and eject the tape.
Summary: I purchased the Canon Elura 70 and within 3-4 uses, the camcorder started giving me the "remove the cassette" error message and would not accept the tape. Still under warranty, I had to pay almost $200.00 to send it to Canon repair center. Over the next 12 months, I had to send it in again and again for the same problem as well as problems with the still photo button not working and the zoom lever not working and the camcorder zooming on it's own.
Summary: I am a huge fan of canon and thought they would be reliable with their camcorders as well. This camera lasted for about 1 year... about 10 tapes. Im having the same problems as other users where the tape got caught. I also have problems where the cam zooms by itself with the zoom button internally stuck. Will cost me 180 to send in. Abosulutely insaine. Stay away from this one and consider something different than Canon.
Summary: - after about a year, after the warranty expires, that is. Before it broke on me, it was an excellent camcorder, especially for the point-and-shoot crowd. It had manual options that were very handy. Then, of course, it broke. The tapes started jamming, the DV timecode was severely messed up, it gave odd error messages, and would turn off abruptly. I had maintained it very well, cleaning the heads regularly.
Summary: Bought the Elura 70 the moment it was available, paid $700. Used it may 3-4 hours, got it out for the kid's birthday, started having problems with the tape stopping, now it will not accept any tape, constant "eject Cassette" error. 14th month and out of warranty. Seach the internet, you'll find this problem everywhere. $174 minimum to repair, probably/possibly more(with shipping/insurance $200 easily).
Summary: Don't know about the 70-model, but you might want to take note. I paid $700 for a new Elura 40 about 2 yrs ago. Made about 5 tapes during that time. The other day I decided to transfer them to my Mac for some editing, but the camera wouldn't accept a tape. It kept giving an error saying "Eject Tape", and when I did so, the tape got caught inside. Ruined several of the few tapes I made. I checked the Elura forums to see if others had experienced something similar.
Summary: Canon stinks when it comes to customer service. I had to sent my Elura70 twice for service within the first 3 months of the purchase. Everytime I call them they come up with different excuses for why my comcorders is not fixed yet... Think twice before buying a Canon....