Summary: I have several cameras-- all are plug and play EXCEPT this Cannon. Being able to use what i pay for should npot depend on keeping a disk. This camera deserves only one star .... CRAPPY interface makes it a crappy camera
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.
Summary: Like I said if your a newbie with the new file format or more comfortable with analog tape style stuff then get over it this the new way. I was very unhappy at first until I stubbornly look at the direction and discovered how to use it.
Pros: Great picture. Works well in low light. Full Auto(Easy) settings work very well and make is easy to shoot any situation.
Cons: If your new to the file format then you better do some research. All recordings are saved as AVCHD in individual scenes and must be joined together to make a movie. Software is very basic and limited in what it can do. Battery life is to be desired.
Summary: Running this on Win7 X64 and Sony Vegas. I've been a big canon fan since my first real digital camera. This flash based camcorder is a great unit. I tried the Panasonic equivalent but the colors were all cartoonish and over saturated while the 1080p mode was useless with tons of blur and artifacts.
Summary: I bought this video camera to take on my trips and needed something both small, but with great image resolution. The Canon Vixia HF11 fits the bill. The controls are very easy to use and the interface is almost idiot proof.
Summary: Canon could virtually shutdown other aftermarket companies IF they priced the NEEDED accessories at a reasonable cost. There is no way an extended battery should cost close to $200 and $60 for a needed charger? Get real guys.
Pros: No more mini DV tape- After borrowing a flash memory camcorder I decided to ditch the mini DV format. I will not miss many hours of playing back tape to capture footage into the PC or dropped frames. The Canon HF-11 I decided on because of video quality and the 32 gig of on board memory. I also p...
Cons: The prices for Canon accessories like batteries, chargers,cables is simply obscene. The standard battery is a joke and no external charger. I purchased one larger Canon battery. Aftermarket batteries do not have the Canon software that reports remaining life but are about 1/10 the cost.
Summary: I'd really like to see a camera with 1080P. I don't use any of the included software (that's not why I bought the camera). Adding extras can be expensive. You need a bigger battery (included one lasts about an hour), and I recommend a wide angle lens (since the camera is so small, the wide angle...
Pros: No tapes! SDHC cards are easily shuffled around. It actually takes decent pictures in photo mode.
Cons: Narrow field of view. If you're shooting indoors and fairly close, you need to get a wide angle lens.
Summary: Very happy with this purchase--I waited over a year and was happy to see the price drop $300.00.
Pros: Very compact, even with the 819 extended battery option can easily fit in a jacket pocket. Great picture, sound, and options for download. I have CyberLink DVD 8.0 Ultra, so I can watch my video without using included software.
Cons: One quirk that others mentioned--you MUST have the camcorder AC power adapter plugged in to the camcorder to be able to place the device in USB mode when off-loading video.