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: 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.