Summary: The camera takes great videos but the stock battery is almost useless. If you buy this camera you need to consider it costing $60 to $90 more for you will NEED to buy the BP-727 extended battery. The stock battery is just a cruel tease for it lasts only about 20 minutes. We bought the actual Canon brand extended battery (at B&H Photo for $60) for it gives you the time left on the battery's charge. Very useful.
Summary: So far, it seems like it is doing a good job. We can't seem to make the wireless--to computer work yet. The size of it is wonderful. The quality of the movies is very good and still photos are easy to take. We are just getting started and have yet to fully explore all the features.
Summary: Good picture quality, small size and great zoom (32x). As others noted, the battery supplied with the unit is only 895mAh, which is smaller then the one in your smartphone. Consequently, you get only 20-30 minutes of recording time. It should have been advertised as "for demo purposes only". Overall performance is good. Decent AF in low-light; Touch-sensitive screen functions OK.
Summary: Overall I rate this a good purchase and worth the price. There are a few items that could make this a better camera. The battery is tiny and you definitely need an extra larger battery to use this unit, Canon should have included a better battery with this unit but make you purchase extras. The display colors are not accurate and are not true to what you view but during playback the colors are true and very sharp.
Summary: I need not repeat my aggravation over the battery issues with which we all agree, but I do wish to mention that the video quality is less than impressive. I have a Panasonic from over a year ago, that is technically a step down from this one, and the video is far more crisp, and, well, HD... I put together a reel of several different settings with various settings and lighting options, and everything has a slight blur; nothing ever seems to focus clearly, ever.
Summary: I must agree with other reviewers that the notable short-coming is the life of the battery that comes with the unit. Barely 30 minutes is not acceptable. It will die before you know it. Otherwise I like the camcorder. It take very good hi-def videos, the on-screen insructions are clear, and it interfaces flawlessly with my Mac's iMovie software. I do recommend this camcorder with the reservation that you will need to spend another $100 to get a usable battery.