Summary: The camera is exteremely functional - packed with features that you will find in professional cameras, plus in addition - it is very compact, has ability to store data on two SD cards plus internal memory and has ability to transfer data back and forth between cards and internal memory.
Summary: I bought this camera after visiting Livid Lobster Studios in Austin (Geek Beat) and also saw it in Leo LaPorte's studio in Petaluma (TWiT TV) to legitimate online broadcasting channels with world wide distribution. I have not been disappointed. With a few add ons (Raynox HD 7000 wide angle lens, DSLR Rig and external sound for audio) this camera goes everywhere. Whether in the studio or in the field, it can do anything.
Summary: At first, I was skeptical about using this camcorder to film professionally, but after looking online, I ordered it. It is an AMAZING camera with AMAZING HD quality. The people that say the interface and software are hard to use, don't know how to use camera software. The 3.5 in LCD touch screen makes it easy to select options and change settings. With a number of attachments, you can really deck out this camera.
Summary: Defects in Pixela Video Browser software and support 1. Editing instructions backwards... if you follow them you create a presentation from the cuttings, not the pieces you want to keep 2. Takes an extremely long time, especially when doing SD, as if there's a separate conversion from AVCHD to SD involved 3. There is no snapshot capability, where you can make a frame into a jpg file. 4. Support is very poor.
Summary: This camera is great. I have used it for dog videos so far and the flyball races were amazing in 1080p. While I recommend the camera it is only fair to mention its two faults. First the original battery is worthless as anything other than a backup I purchased a BP819 and it is great, what should have come on the camera. Second the field of view could be wider, not terrible but depending on your intended use it may be an issue.
Summary: I just called Canon and this model DOES NOT come with a printed manual. Glad i called before i ordered it.Youd think a camcorder this expensive would at least come with a printed manual instead of one on a disc.
Summary: I purchased this camera in preparation for my trip to Italy. In regards to the camcorder features, it was was great. The clarity of the recording was good. The built in microphone was ok. Mainly I used it to record all the monuments and sites we had visited. In addition to the movie recording, it took good pictures of the places we visited too.
Summary: I recently purchased the Canon VIXIA S30 HD Camcorder for producing industrial machinery videos. This camera is simple to use and provides professional results. I am very pleased with the quality of the video when shot in the auto mode. This camcorder also features many manual controls. I would recommend this.