Summary: Video Quality: 5 (16:9 on 42" plasma = approx DVD quality) Audio Quality: 3.5 (no complaints yet) Image Stabilizer: 3 Stills: 2 (would not use this for stills) Expandability: 5 Included Battery: 3 (will not out last a cassette) Features: 4 I chose this because I needed a camcorder with good video resolution in 16:9 mode. Most camcorders suffer in the 16:9 mode when compared to their 4:3 performance.
Amy Y. "Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?-- Mary Oliver", Amazon
29 September 2005
Summary: So, my main criteria for choosing a camera was compatibility with my iMac. I am a photographer, so I also like decent picture quality. Ease of operation is another plus. This camera meets all my specs. Set up was relatively simple. Attach the strap and lens cap, pop in the memory card, attach the battery, plug it in to charge for a bit and you are ready to go.
Summary: Do an internet search on "Canon remove cassette" before you buy. This is a well known problem with all the Canon digital camcorders. AND don't rely on the Canon warranty to fix it! They will try to blame it on something the consumer did. I got the cassette eject problem after less than two months. Canon tried to charge me $170 because they "thought" it had sand damage. After much wrangling they finally admitted it was the capstan motor.
Summary: After some reasearch on the different camcorders available on the market, I had no doubt that the Canon Optura 60 was the superior choice. After receiving the unit I had no problem getting set up and was snapping pictures and making videos in no time. One feature that sets this camcorder apart from others is it's ability to take high quality 2 mega-pixel still shots, recording them to a Secure-Digital card.