Summary: After doing a lot of research so I could get the most out of my measly $250. budget, I ended up getting this Vixia HF11 from eBay. This was my choice because it was the first affordable camera to introduce 24mbs quality the AVCHD, codec and the 1/3" CMOS sensor seemed like a decent spec too. It definitely has and does things that are similar to more expensive models. My hope is that I could blend its footage in with what I shoot on my DSLR's.
On a budget? Need low light performance? This is your best bet!
22 November 2013
Summary: I have done research for the past 3 weeks on the Canon Vixia line of cameras. This came is 6 years old, but it still holds up against most cameras of today. The CMOS sensor on it is identical to the HF10, HF20 & HF21. The upper models as the HF20 & HF21 only give you more options and convenience such as face detection, touch screen and such. Canon is rated as being top of the line for clarity with vibrant colors and quality in low light.
Summary: This camera has always taken amazing videos and photos; I never had a powerful computer to handle it. I thought I had made a bad investment, but then I went to plug this thing into my MacBook Air and iMovie worked wonders! Apparently, the processor on older computers could handle this, but now I realize this Canon was ahead of its time. An amazing Canon Product.
Summary: Good solid product. Excellent picture, fairly easy to use. If your a Mac user, iMovie can import directly from the built in memory making it very easy to edit and publish movies. Mic input is extra useful; location of the removable SD card means it can be removed without having to take the camera off its tripod. Battery life is OK, not its strong suit. Very pleased with it.
Summary: I am writing this review after 2 yrs of usage, very heavy in past few months. Overall, excellent camcorder for shooting HD movies - crystal clear display of videos and photos. I considered Sony while purchasing this but did not buy Sony 'coz of proprietary memory cards. Controls are easy to handle with left hand. Cons: battery life < 1 hr, occasional heat up after 30 mins of constant usage Canon has clearly overtaken Sony in camcorder quality!
"Great value for money, pro performance, easy to use"
9 March 2011
Pros: Very user friendly, have good low light capability, much better than the Canon mini DV series, and no problems on post usage accumulation of tapes. You simply delete your footages after uploading & back-up, then shoot again.
Cons: Can't turn off power nor disengage USB connection while connected to computer. Concerned about corrupting your built-in drive, you have to restart your computer in order to disconnect the USB connection.