Summary: I've had this for about a year. My last video camera was a canon from 10 years ago. This camera is much easier to use, is well made, light weight, and has just the features I was looking for. But before buying one, you should see the Canon website that helps you choose exactly the features that are important to you, and you will have a recommendation. This is the one that came up for me, and I was pleased to see it at such a great price!
Summary: I can't begin to explain how much I love this camcorder. I got this thing when it was only $300 at Costco, and I couldn't have picked a better deal. Pros: First: The thing has amazing image quality. The colors come out rich and amazing. And the fact that it has a flash and a 3.89 Megapixel image quality, just adds to it's long list of pros. It also has a 15X optical zoom, and the Powered Image Stabilizer compensates well for the zoom.
Summary: The thing I record the most is the sailing my wife and I do. I mount the camcorder on a horizon leveling camera mount made for boating. In early July I bought the Sony HDR CX160 and used it to record 2 of our sails. On both recordings the image jittered up an down quite a bit which became annoying to watch. I then found out why. I subscribed to Consumer Reports and their rating for the CX160's image stabilizer is only "Fair".
Summary: I purchased this camcorder in Costco and I love it. You can see the clip I took using this camcorder: [...], no video enhancement software used. The resolution I set for Youtube is 720p, but I could make it 1080i, I just did not use it there. The quality of picture is very good in day lighting.
Summary: My background in movie making goes back to when I carried a large VHS camera all over Spain some 20 years ago. Since that time, I have had a long procession of Canon and Sony cams, all of high quality. I have had the VHS, 8mm, super 8mm, mini-disc and finally flash memory. Perhaps the feature rich Elura 90 was my best one with its built-in hot shoe and threaded lens barrel.