narrow field of view, purchase of wide angle lens neccessary
6 August 2012
Summary: I was in the market for a new consumer camcorder after my Canon HV20 HDV camcorder passed away. I really liked the HV20 but its zoom lens had a severely limited field of view at the low end of the zoom range (~45mm equivalent) that required purchase of a wide angle add on lens (Canon model costs >$200). I had to carry around this lens everywhere I wanted to record indoors in smaller rooms or outdoors group activities.
Summary: I have had this camera for three days. It has much to reccomend it, but only if you will be using it indoors. In the sunlight, if you can see anything at all on the LCD display, it will be your reflection. It has the worst LCD I have seen. Even at it's brightest setting, it is very dim. It also has a very reflective surface which increases the problem. My other camera (a Sony) is hard to see in bright sun, but it is possible. With the Canon it is impossible.