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: 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: 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: I've owned the Optura Xi since June 2004 and my experience has been wonderful. I am a novice user in that I have not spent a lot of time learning the intricacies of the many, many features on this camcorder, such as the aperture settings and things of that nature and outside of using the zoom feature, I let the camcorder figure out the best options for what I am filming. But what I can share is that the video is clear, crisp, and I give it very high ratings.
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.
Summary: I bought my Canon Optura Xi two months ago. I almost bought a Canon GL2, until I studied the spec sheets. Both camcorders have the same features: 16-bit stereo recording; f/1.6 lens; 11x zoom; Av, Tv, and manual exposure control, etc. What stands out as different in their spec sheets is their CCDs (the chips that record the image). Digital video (DV) is 640 x 480 pixels, or 307,200 pixels, or one-third of a megapixel.