Summary: I've done probably a dozen short and long shoots with this camera and it's really awesome. Because it has a lot more bells and whistles than a consumer level camera, it takes some exploring to learn what it can do. But it's really a beautiful camcorder. When I got it, plugging the headphones into the camera generated a squeal and the vendor was happy to replace it as soon as they got another one of these HF11's in.
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.