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 bought the VIXIA HF S30 Camcorder about a month ago to take with me on a trip to Orlando Disney World and Universal Studios. I loaded it with 2 x 32GB SD cards and the optional 5.1 microphone. I also bought the optional battery charger and took it with me instead of the power supply that comes with it. Of course, and optional battery the BP-819 was a must have since the bundled one, the BP-808, won't last for any useful shoot.