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: 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.
Summary: If you buy this camera you MUST install software to be able to see it on your computer- that means ONLY your computer (so no fun at parties or at Gramma's house). This camera DOES NOT USE STANDARD IMAGING SOFTWARE! What it does use cannot be downloaded form the internet- you need the actual software.
Summary: We've had this for maybe around 2 years now and still love the camera. HD video comes out great and it is really easy to use. The battery life is a little bit low, but that is only if you are running the quality at the highest (which you don't need to do for most cases). Even after 2 years this thing still competes with what's out there today. I love having the internal 32Gb of memory, never have to worry about SD cards or tapes or mini-DVs.
Great compact camcorder with very high quality recordings
M. W., Amazon
14 May 2010
Summary: This is a very very nice camcorder. I bought it about 6 months ago (Dec 2009) from B&H for $600. Canon has since introduced new generation products. If you are considering buying this now as a new unit, make sure you don't pay the original list price. ***Followup Post. I'm still using this camcorder with great results. It's almost 2 years. No hiccup at all.
Summary: I wanted HD, and I wanted Canon for their image quality, but I didn't want to pay more than $500. The HF11 would normally be out of that range, but I got it as a factory refurb, and I'm glad I did. Works great, no missing items or problems that I can see. Low light recording was pretty good in 24P mode, though the normal modes were a bit noisy. I did find that the full HD, full quality recording mode is way too much for my computers to playback without stuttering.