Pros: Decent Touchscreen Nice zoom Pretty good low-light Lightweight, built-in lens cover Potential great recording time (if plugged in); allows you to treat the built-in memory, and up to 2 SD cards as one big 'pool' of time.
Cons: To replace battery, you have to access the camera bottom = lost time if recording at an event. Battery life is pretty low at 50-65 minutes. If you get things exactly where you want, you could close the LCD panel, which might improve it slightly.
Great little camera with ease of use, big storage and external mic jack.
10 December 2013
Summary: I bought two of these to film some my wife's acting school students and just bought a third one. Selected this camera for it's external mic jack, large internal storage, ease of use along with the ability to use manual controls and am very happy with it. In full auto mode under studio lights I've experienced some dramatic color shifts but under normal lighting the full auto seems to work fine. Bought all three as refurbished units and am very happy. Incredible deal.
Great value for the money and amazing lowlight performace for the money.
21 August 2012
Summary: I bought this camera to film bowhunts with. The two qualities i was really looking for were excellent low light performance, and ease of use. This camera excedeed both expectations and is a great example of how much technology has grown in the past 2 or 3 years. My 350$ 2009 sony handycam is completely obselete compared to this thing. One of my better purchases to date.
Summary: I'm an amateur film producer, and because of my low income right now, I've been forced to use fairly cheap equipment. The actors are volunteer, and we use utilities such as work lights to light our scenes. I decided that though we can get by fairly well with cheap equipment, we should get a better camera. So I began searching online for literally weeks (obviously not constantly, but on and off). I wanted something with useful features, good quality, and fairly cheap.
Awesome camcorder lite weight compact excellent ZOOM A+A+A+on the market
4 March 2012
Summary: Great camcorder excellent Zoom lite weight compact. If your looking for a great camcorder this is the Best out their for Quality and price 32GB and you can get use two 64 GB memory cards for more recording!!!!!!!
Summary: I'm returning this item and have placed a pre-order for the HF M500. There are a couple of things that led to that. First of all is the overall quality of the video. Honestly, I just expected better. In spots it is very, very good and in other places not so much. It was an odd experience with this HD camcorder. Low light filming was actually quite good, I expected much worse. There was very little grain and the picture was quite sharp.
Summary: Okay so this is a cheap camera, and Canon is a good reliable brand. The problem with this camera is that the video quality is very grainy when it's not on a tripod. That's a very big deal if you plan on filming your family with the camera in your hand. I've had several digital video cameras in the past 10 years, and this one's video quality is nothing at all above a JVC Everio from 10 years ago. Here's the good stuff.
"Battery makes this a toy rather than serious HD camera."
16 January 2012
Pros: Good to great image, usuable zoom speed settings, decent but not great LCD, easy to use intuitive menu system, works well in low light, and great customization is capable.
Cons: Battery life is low, 60 minutes on average; auto white balance and auto focus turtle slow, battery takes too long to charge, no external charger, and LCD swing out feels cheap and flimsy. Nobody in the entire country has batteries.
Summary: Performed as expected. I read a lot of reviews and this unit was in the top 5 for 2011. The low light level is 0.3, far below other more expensive units. The picture quality is outstanding. The internal memory is large enough for several hours of HD recording. The only down fall with the unit is that you cannot install a larger battery as it installs into the bottom of the unit which is inside a cover.