Summary: I bought this camcorder in the fall of 2003 (it is Jan 2005 as I write this). We bought it to take with us on our trip to Disney World. It replaced our Sony 8mm Steady Shot camcorder that we bought back in 1994. I wanted a camcorder that was small enough to pack into a belt pack. The old 8mm required a good-sized camera bag that was a pain to lug around places like Disney World.
Summary: I bought this camera just a day before my trip to Alaska and it worked out great. Since there was not much time to read the thick manual, the controls were intuitive enough to operate. The video quality was great. Pros: - Great size. Very compact - Great video quality with 2 Mega Pixals - Easy to operate. Cons: - Still pictures come better in light.
Summary: I would highly recommend this camera to anyone who is in the market for a camcorder. I purchased the optura 300 several months ago and have been utilizing it heavily ever since. The camera takes excellent movies of both indoor and outdoor events. I could not be happier with my choice. I did purchase a longer-lived battery which has worked out well.
Summary: I bought this goodie for less than $700 bucks from onecall.com, an authorized canon dealer so this qualifies me to a get a free 128MB SD card. PROS: Really compact compared to lot of other cameras i compared with that had the same features, it really fits in my jacket pocket. Out door videos are amazingly great, had to be with 1.3MP of video quality, the other option i was looking at was sony 330 but that was way too pricey for me.
Summary: I bought this camera as a supplement to by TRV80 to use on hiking trips in the southwest when space and weight are a factor. I love the picture quality and the 2 megapixel shots are definitely better than sony's although not quite as good as a dedicated digicam at the same resolution. As for why I chose this unit over the Sony's 330, it was largely due to price.
Summary: MiniDV Okay, if you want a compact (hand-size) DV camera with excellent video, this is a great product for you. The DV recording has many advanced options you can access by changing the configuration through menus. The default configuration is great for automatic recording without having to know what to configure and how to set up. Easy to use in auto mode. The MiniDV tape loads to the back, but it will not fall out unless you try to make it fall out.
Summary: Okay, although I haven't purchased the Optura 300 (yet) I have to set a few things straight. The last poster was obviously a SONY lover, you have to watch for biased reviews!! I am split between the SONY's and Canon but let's at least use the facts. First of all back in 10/03 there was a price difference but as of today (3/8/04) I can actually find the Optura 300 cheaper than the PC-105 and only $100 more than the gs-70.
Summary: Having read other reviews (one, here). I am compelled to write in praise of this little gem. I spent hours doing a spreadsheet analysis of the 5 or 6 contenders, using; size (in my hand), portability, video quality, ease of use (I am not a pro), and various tech numbers. Compared the Sony (PC 105, 330,) JVC and Panasonic to other Canon models. Well,..for MY use, this beauty does the Job.
Summary: the optura 300's selling points are its small size and ability to capture 2MP stills. but in my opinion, there are two hundred reasons ($$) to look elsewhere. pros: - ultra compact design (2.0 x 4.6 x 4.0 inches), very light weight at 15.9 oz. - 10x optical zoom. - very good video performance when you have enough light. - analog-to-digital conversion. - 2MP stills. - ability to capture MPEG4 movies directly into SD card. - allows a good deal of manual control.