Summary: I was recently watching some daytime footage of my CANON Vixia HF-S20 on my Samsung HD flat-screen and I had to look twice to make sure it was from the camera and not a movie from my blue ray disc player. I was impressed.
Summary: The picture quality is excellent for both videos and stills. But after playing around with this camcorder for several weeks I am still unable to use the raw MTS files. I have to downconvert them to AVI using Koyote's free HD converter software. The included software is useless.
Summary: I have done a lot of research on a good camcorder to buy for filming movies in HD now. By far the canon HF S20 is a winner. It's only $800 and has a built in 32gb hard drive. The film quality on this camcorder is quite amazing, instant auto focus works great and is an awesome feature.
Great Camera, just be prepared for a few bumps at first.
Bob Lee, Amazon
24 February 2011
Summary: As a test, I shot about 10 minutes worth of video with this camera. Upon returning home, I connected the camera to my Mac PowerBook. Nothing happened. The computer did not recognize the camera, and it did not attempt to install anything.
Summary: I owned a Canon HF S100 prior to this camera and only bought this upgrade due to being able to sell my HFS100 for a good price. First, the positives: Powered IS: This little button is incredible. It makes getting still images at high zoom possible. It has to be tested to be believed.
Summary: I worked as a professional cinematographer for years. Shot feature films. Still love film. So digital is still relatively new to me. My stuntman friend bought this camera to block out fight sequences and let me borrow it to shoot some tests. It is truly an amazing camera. For the price..
Solid Camera with all the features a Dad could want...
Brendan Cosgrove, Amazon
24 February 2011
Summary: I borrowed this camera from a friend, since our old MiniDV cam went out, and I couldn't be more pleased with a video camera. The simultaneous stills is a REALLY nice feature that my wife has fallen in love with.
Summary: I loved this camcorder, although it's a bit over-engineered from a menu/settings perspective. Fabulous video. Clear sound. I even purchased the 5.1 dolby microphone. Thanks to those that responded to my eariler review I figured out how to get the files off of the camera.