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: 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.
Summary: The camcorder is very good. Videos, photos and sound are very crisp. The touch screen is not the most smart I saw, but is good enough so that you get used to it and can use the camera fluently. Less important is the fact that this camera is really beautiful.
Summary: HFS21 WAS OVER PRICED AND OVER DONE.HFS30 IS PERFECTION WITH 5.1 MIC.BTRY SUCKS HOWEVER BUY BP-819 OR BP827. FAST SHIP FROM AMAZON STARTED MY RELATIONSHIP WITH HFS30. SUPERB HD PRO-SUMER CAMCORDER WORKS WITH NEW MACBOOK PRO(LION,8GIGS RAM.2.3 SANDY BRIDGE,7200RPM DRIVE) TO MAKE MY PRODUCTIONS SHINE.
Summary: This video camera amazes me in many ways. I use it mostly for hunting and other adventures. It takes great quality video, great stills, and has a ton of great features. Good in low light, an awesome zoom, lots of recording space with a good battery.
Summary: A bit on the expensive side (for me), but this camera really delivers. It's hard to imagine doing much better. I use this camera for web videography, and the quality of the HD video it produces speaks well for the camera's optics and electonics. I've shot about 6 hours of video so far, and I'm very pleased. I recommend an external microphone for any & all interviewing work, and this camera will accomodate one through its "mic" jack.