Summary: Order the NTSC MinDV Camcorder as I have own MinDV tapes that need to be converted to iMovie. I was very surprised that the box came complete with all the accessories. The battery was still working as it was such an old bottle. I will recommend both the seller and the product. Condition Excellent. I used it for 1 day, and now I can sell it for almost what I paid for it.
Summary: I own larger, more expensive SD camcorders of just about every major brand. The Optura S1, is equal to, or better than the best of them! There's nothing I dislike about the S1, except perhaps for the slight motor hum that's picked up, due to ultra-sensitive Mic. I am able to remove this hum in editing, by means of low pass filter. Frankly, were it not that my next camcorder will be a Hi-Def model, I'd consider buying a second Optura S1. Love it!
Pros: Attaches Securely, Doesn't Drain Power, Lightweight, Long Lasting, Powerful, Superb, realistic video
Summary: I will not repeat all positive other reviewer have said about the camera's video quality. It is noticably better than 1/6" cameras I compared this camera with (JVC, Panasonic) in both dark an lighted conditions. However I have the same problem many other people had with other models of Canon camcorder - motor noise.
There is very little not to like about this videocamera...
E. Carbone, Amazon
6 June 2006
Summary: This camera produces excellent image quality for the price, it's very compact, and ergonomic. It's packed with features. If you are a mainstream user, it is more than adequate. There are those who will compare it to $1000-$2000 videocams and it will naturally fall short. But the fact is, it's reasonably priced, has sufficient features for most users, and can be taken anywhere because of its size.
Summary: I purchased this through an online wholesale membership site for $399.99 plus tax and shipping (total $459.00) and couldn't be any happier. As soon as I had the battery charged up I started shooting in and out of the house. While there is remarkable difference between lit and dark background, the S1 did take good videos inside the house.
Summary: I don't usually purchase things sight unseen, but this camera was an exception. I had only my past experiences with Canon to go by, which I had been satisfied with. I wanted something compact, so the size is perfect for me. I like the widescreen mode. And the camera is fairly intuitive, although I've had to reference the manual on a couple occasions.
Summary: I'm not a professional videographer. Still I might well be the pickiest man in the world when it comes to video quality. I'm the one who keeps noticing MPEG artifacts in TV transmissions all the time, because I've been doing my own DVDs for 5 years. In short, I can judge video quality at first sight.