Summary: I've had a Canon which I loved so when I decided to go with HD recorder, I stayed with Canon -- particularly since I didn't want to learn completely new user interaction with its features. I've been happy with the HD although the color saturation is dimmer/darker than that of my previous Canon and I find I have to correct it in post-processing, but I'm irritated by the strange user features that Canon decided to place on the camera, e.g.
Summary: The image quality is sharp, and colors are true, even in the toughest light conditions. Image stabilizer is magical. Even the audio recording is of good quality under most conditions without a mic extension. I'm pleased this is the camera I purchased!
Summary: This camera has great picture, it's very sharp. I love that in addition to 30p it has the cinematic 24p look. I love the dual SD card slots, it is so simple to move your footage to the computer by just inserting the SD card into your computer, no cables, no software - I don't know why people bother with the supplied software or USB transfer cables. This camera is tough too. I am a student pilot and use it to film some of my flights.
Summary: This camcorder takes beautiful pictures and has great sound. Some things I wish I had known before purchasing: 1. The battery provided is adequate but does not last as long as I thought it would. 2. When recording video the view screen indicates red when recording and green when stopped. That seems counterintuitive. 3. Camera is easy to hook up to a TV with provided cables. 4. The camera did not come with a memory card (it has no built in flash memory).
Summary: This camcorder fits in the palm of your hand, easy to use and great HD video. The low-light pix are a little lacking, but I bought it to do video anyway. Battery life is great, but I use it to do 30 second to 1 minute clips. I charged it up 3 weeks ago and it still says it has 148 minutes of life left. I did 52 video clips (mostly of the cats playing). I also took over 30o pictures in highest res in-between the video clips. I love this thing!
Summary: Like a lot of others here, I purchased the HF100 many moons ago and enjoyed the use of that cam (somewhat) over the years. I'm having some problems with the HF100 now, some of which cannot even be explained thru googling. I had bought a lens kit for that cam and put a wide angle lens on it and used it for a couple years with it on. Recently, when I took the wide angle lens off, the cam will no longer auto focus.
Summary: I'll do a full review of the camera later but Canon gets immediate points off for the abysmal software it bundles with the system. The "VideoBrower" is totally dysfunctional. I've reinstalled it multiple times and it never works. The "Video Transfer" software is right out of 1990.
Good video quality, but touchscreen LCD is a pain...
C. Kilner, Amazon
8 April 2011
Summary: If you want high quality HD video in a variety of situations, and don't plan to use manual controls very often, this camcorder from Canon is a good choice. The SD-card based HF M400 is cheaper than its siblings due to the lack of internal memory, HD to SD conversion, and an EVF (it also is gray instead of the more pro-looking black). The first thing you notice when you get the camcorder is that the battery only fills 1/2 the space in the camera.