Summary: This camera does a great job, I was use to sony's so this one was a little differnt to use. the one thing i didn't like is the dv tape loads on the bottom, but all in all, nice little camcorder
Summary: This is a really great camera. It has very good video and the audio is also good. I have had three of these camera's. I use them to acquire footage of local events for public Access. With the audio level meters your audio is even every time. The video quality and color are the best I have seen in a camera of this price range. Any prosumer will be happy with this Camera. A lot of weddings were shot on this until the producers went tapeless.
Summary: I have owned my for a year and its the best $900 I have ever spent. Yea, its a little expensive around $900, however, after thoroughly researching camcorder reviews on the net I decided on this one.
Summary: Nice features which are included because Canon saved money by using a cheap tape transport. Within very little time expect to be continually exposed to the "Remove the Cassette" which can, apparently, only temporarily fixed at the Canon Repair Center. It appears that the cheap transport is not model specific.
Summary: First the caveats. This is my first camcorder (after my family's circa 1980's VHS camcorder), and I've had it for a week. I also seriously considered the panasonic pvdv953, but decided on the Optura Xi because of perceived improvement in low light conditions, known Macintosh friendliness of Canon products, and hot accessory shoe. Though the Panasonic may have an edge in color reproduction, to my untrained eye the differences are arguably unnoticable.
Summary: Purchased this Camcorder in January 2003. Did lots of research on comparable Panasonic and Sony models - was totally confused, finally went with the Optura Xi. Am very very happy - yes, it is bigger than the very small models. But I find it very comfortable to work with. The optical stabilizer is great - even video from a moving boat looks good.
Summary: I recently purchased this camera for $1000 (with the $200 rebate) this was a steal. I had a Canon ZR65 earlier and I wasn't too happy with it's low light performance and hence decided to buy this camera. The other thing I didn't like about the ZR65 was it's inability to reproduce true colors. This camera is amazing. We took a helicopter ride recently and the pictures of the sky , the terain was stunning.
Summary: This cameras amazing one of the best canon has to offer (for the price anyways) this camera has great zoom features not to mention it takes great pictures which is half the reason I bought it. I recomend buying this if you have nice video editing software...I dont think imovie will cut it but vegas 5.0 is very compatible with this camera..I have not had a problem yet...
Summary: After considerable research, comparing this unit to the similarly priced Sony TRV70/TRV80, and the 3CCD Panasonic PV-DV953, I opted for the Canon Optura Xi. I wanted a digital camcorder: 1. That was compact enough to "take it along" without it being a hinderance 2. That had acceptable low-light performance (by low-light I mean average lighting indoors after dark) 3. Had a decent 16:9 widescreen mode (using the entire CCD) 4.