Summary: Once upon a time this was a great little camera. I have a Sony D8 still humming along without ever eating a tape, and even an ancient Panasonic VHS shoulder boulder that still works perfectly as well as a scary old two-piece VHS camera from 1984, also still working. The Canon DV cam on the other hand did not do as well. It's the newest of the three and definitely the most problematic. The quality of the videos it made was wonderful.
Summary: First of all, let me point out that I am not a camera buff, nor do I even know how to work a professional 35MM camera (with aperture, manual focus, etc...) I have always been a fan of technology and of opening the box and using the product without having to do much reading of the instructions. So, here's my review... I've had this digital camcorder for about 6 months now. Previously, I had purchased a JVC digital camcorder.
Summary: Owned Opyura100 for almost 1 year and very happy with it. Video quality is great and is very easy to use although standstill picture is only good for email. Optical stablizer worked very well. Recommend to anyone looking for small camcorder with excellent video quality.
Summary: I have used this camera in Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Prague,Florida and for a large number of school events over the last 6 months. I have used the video and still functions and am very happy with the product. I am clearly an unwrap, charge and shoot user. I refer to the directions only if necessary or I want an excuse not to work on my tax return.
Summary: Hi, I bought this camera just over a year ago and waited until now to write the review so I had plenty of time to use it. My background is definitely amateur, but I like movies that I take to be of good quality so I will actually watch them. I have not done any fooling around with the manual adjustments you can make on this camera, although just about everything can be adjusted.
Summary: I bought my Optura 100MC earlier this year. I looked at the Sony models but went with this one instead mostly because of optical image stabilization (rather than electronic) as the more elegant technical solution (and presumably better quality too). Except for some extra built-in effects in the Sony, the top consumer models are pretty much the same between the two companies.
Summary: I had been "window shopping" the digital video format for about 2 years. My criteria were simple. I desired a quality picture, simple to operate (meaning I had a fighting chance), and a minimal digial still picture option. I narrowed my selections down to the Canon and a simular sony model. The fact sony uses the memory stick and my other devices use the Secure Disk helped me make my decision. The first test for the camera was a trip to Italy.
Summary: This is a nice, compact DV camera... has good features and shoots decent quality footage for a 1CCD camera. However, it does suffer from the "tape eating" syndrome others have reported here. If you want a trustworthy camera, look elsewhere.
Summary: After 6 months of researching digital camcorders, I finally settled on the Optura 100MC. I am glad that I did. It got some heavy use over the past month and I am extreamly pleased with its performance. Highlights: > Great video > Easy to use (once you read the instruction booklet) > Fits nicely in your hand > Numerous manual options to control lighting, etc...
Summary: I just received this camcorder and let me tell you this is one hot item. I have recorded, fast forwarded, and finally i rewinded to test about tape eating. NO TAPE EATING here. I have did this test several times and again no tape eating. The quality is great and user friendly. This is a great camcorder and my only gripe is the large book that came with it. You will have trouble carring it around in your bag, but other than that no problems yet.