Purchased to play videos from my CANON XL1S Cameraand it lasted a week and started eating all the tapes
5 May 2011
Summary: Well here is an up date to my last review, I know now not to by used CANON gear no matter how much you save! Come to think of it all my CANON gear VIDEO and Film and DIGITAL doesnt seem to hold up very well at all.
Summary: The price you see now on Amazon and other Amazon providers is way out of whack for what this camera is available for from other sources. I considered the Optura 300 and the Elura 50, but I already had a major investment in BP-500 series batteries and chargers.
Summary: I researched small camcorders for 3 months, July through September of 2002, to take for a week in London and three weeks in Scotland. I selected the Canon Optura 200 MC. It arrived in October and at 60 years of age, I practiced with it and it was easy to learn.
Summary: The lens, single-CCD sensor and optical stablization on this camera are of course excellent, as one would expect from Canon. But the 200 MC's predecessor, the Optura 100MC, was a much better value for the steep price tag.
Summary: I'm by no means an enthusiast. My wife and I got this (based on on the reviews here) for our honeymoon and it did it's job wonderfully. The instruction manual was hefty, but it was very easy to follow.
Summary: I've been using this camera for almost a year. Ease of use is excellent. Quality of video much better than the Canon ZR series. I don't use it for still images, have a Sony DSC-F707, so I can't comment. Low light video performance is better than I expected.
Summary: The Optura 200MC is a good choice for three types of users. First, if you need a small camcorder with decent quality. I take this camcorder trail running and get great footage passing people while leaping over logs, etc.
Summary: I purchased this camera a week ago around [$$$]. There were other electronic stores advertising this camera for around [$$$]. The next closest deal I found for a camera of this size, with 1.3 megapixel still picture and mini dv technology was around [$$$]. This camera is a steal!
Summary: I just got this camcorder after lots of reasearch. Unlike what other people on here said, it is a great camera. The quality is awesome and the audio quality is also very good. It doesn't have an accessory shoe which is disappointing but you can buy an adapter from canon that attaches to the bottom.
Summary: I had doubts about the 200MC based on complaints about the changes from the 100MC. In the end I chose the 200MC because it suits my purpose. My subjects are usually outdoor/action and I was especially interested in the Progressive photo aspect along with video.