Summary: I bought this camcorder to do some professional videos. I was very fortunate to get it for $449. Should have bought two of them. Basically, the S200, S20, S21 are the same camera. The S200 has no memory, the 20 has 32GB and the 21 64GB built in. The 21 also is the only one with a viewfinder, which I didn't need. The price for memory was about the same price as the 20, so I bought it. I've been very pleased. It's very intuitive.
Summary: Cannon HF S20 - amazes in many ways. Crisp HD Quality and amazing sound clarity as well. Awsome in daylight shoots. Definitely improved LOW light shoots - from older 2009 models. Powered IS does a great Job in reducing handycam shakes. The Cannons AUTO Settings sShoot works like a charm. And great TOUCH Screen-at last- from Cannon. The 8 MP Photo's were OK, but I guess thats an acceptable quality. Has lot of Manual Controls to play and experiment with.
Quick review from a professional still photographer
Andrew Clapp, Amazon
5 March 2011
Summary: I am a professional photographer that needed a camcorder for our first baby on the way. I wanted a camcorder that produced outstanding full 1080P HD video, good optical stabilizer and ease of use. Canon delivers. I was blown away by the quality of the video shot in full auto mode. The colors, vibrance and razor sharp focus completely convinced me that my hard earned cash was well spent. The dynamic stabilizer is amazing.
Summary: I got this on a great deal from Amazon. Have only used it one time, and works great. Looking forward to much more use. I bought it for our church to video the services. The face recognition feature is really good bc it helps it focus on the people and not other stuff.
Summary: I purchased this camera two months ago to replace and ancient Canon Mini DV Camcorder. As a Canon fan I wanted to go with this model since it has an 8.9 Megapixel still camera built in. In a pinch at any zoom it takes great still pictures with high enough quality to get 8 x 10 enlargements. It takes a little while to get the touch menus figured out but the camera has just amazing video quality.
Summary: I purchased it for a trip to Hawaii; I want the best picture quality and I got it. I also buy an extra battery (BP-819), a charger (mandatory), a 32 GB memory card and the Canon SCA60 case (perfect fit) to get the full experience without troubles. For a new user like me, it was very easy to use. The colors, picture and sound are perfect. The only flaw is the need of installing software to download the videos from the HD. Very recommended.
Summary: This is a fantastic camera which takes amazingly clear videos that are totally true to life color. I have no regrets on this purchase. The other choice was the Canon HFs21 that only differs in storage capacity. The plan is to erase the memory after loading to my PC anyway, so not a problem. Plus I added in an 8gig stick just in case.