Summary: I produce a lot of independent films and shoot videos on the road (band interviews.) This has a headphone jack which is a must for all professional/serious videographers and a 3.5.mm headphone jack. I was contemplating on getting this since it was refurbished but it's perfect for what I do. The Canon lens on it is incredible and the zoom range is great! Auto-focus, white balance, exposure, this camera has everything (except XLR Cables) a $10,000 camera would cost.
Summary: We purchased this camera for use on a trip this summer. It worked well. It was a great value. Two things keep it from a 5 star rating. 1) The included battery lasts 20 to 30 minutes. We added the generic batteries and charger. However, the generics are not supported by the battery life indicator on the camera. This turned out to be a minor issue. 2) The greater issue was the difficulty in seeing the screen on a sunny day. Our summer trip was on a boat.
Summary: As a filmmaker and major requirement of mine is an external microphone input. Unfortunately many of the cameras with this input were out of my price range. This was the perfect find because I am a fan of Canon optics and it is one of the only devices in its price range with the input. the camera it self it rather small but has a lot of features suited for amateurs and even professional use.
Summary: We love this camera. With the short time we've had it we have been really impressed with the quality. We did buy an extra battery and charger because the small battery it comes with run out quickly. If you are looking for a small camcorder that takes quality video and you don't need fancy feautres this is the way to go!
good versatile camera for documentary, out of doors and indoors, zoom function very useful
1 September 2013
Summary: nice quality of image without gobbling up GB, versatile. very good for long zoom in. i've use it to make about 500 hours of video at youtube under my name Jim Surkamp, also at civilwarscholars.com.
Great picture, Useless Battery, Split Videos and Background Hiss
24 August 2013
Summary: This camera shoots excellent video. The picture is very clear. The battery that comes with it only lasts about 25 minutes. The canon extended life battery supposedly goes for about 3 or 4 hours, but must be ordered separately and costs about $100. This camera is good for the money, but has some issues that I would have liked to have known about prior to purchasing the product. For instance, I have several external microphones.
Summary: The camcorder is great! Very compact and easy to use. The only problem I have with it was the battery, BUT there are many great 3rd party vendors who sell extra batteries (cheap) for this camcorder. Wasabi batteries are the ones I purchased and would recommend them above the others. They last about an hour each on average, compared to the roughly 15 min life span of the stock battery which is a great improvement!