Summary: For the price, I actually like this camcorder quite a lot, but let me get the gripe out of the way first. Here's the problems: 1. The auto focus makes a clearly audible noise in quiet situations. If there is talking or background noise you won't notice so much, so it's not a huge deal. However, in scenes where the quiet is what you want, it's a problem. 2.
Summary: The camera is small and light, but is rather complicated. It would have been nice to know that it is not compatible with macs, only PC's. Have to download to a PC, convert it, then transfer it to the mac. Defeated the entire purpose of purchasing these cameras. Instruction book is useless. Battery doesn't last very long. You have to plug it in to videotape a performance only 30 minutes long. In hindsight, probably should have picked a different model.
Summary: That ticking noise that everyone talks about is most definitely present in the audio and becomes annoying very quickly when recording quiet scenes. (such as recording a baby indoors). I considered buying an external mic, but unless you plan on using that solely, it's a deal breaker. I just cant imagine walking around with a wired mic chasing down my kid with a 20 foot cord in my hand, AND it requires a powered mic, which means changing batteries.
Summary: The Canon Vixia HF R10 produces good video in good light. My main complaints are the graininess in low-light conditions and the clicking sound in quiet settings, which has been discussed in other reviews. Generally, though, this is a good 1080 HD camcorder for enthusiasts. The nub control stick for navigating menus-- oddly not found on the higher-end model-- works well (better than the more expensive version's touch screen) and the whole thing feels solid while still...
Summary: I don't have this camcorder but this review is based on using a working one at a store. They let me try it out and even save footage onto my laptop. For practical purposes, it's a fine camcorder but expensive for what it is. If you have to document something like the result of a car crash or a house on fire, it will work. It will be great for fun video with friends for YouTube or just for fun. But for more serious video work, this wouldn't be the one.