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 camcorder is just great. Lightweight and great quality. Just be prepared to shoot High Def videos and have 100+MB for 1-min of recording!!! It's for sure one of the best of its kind in the market. I did an extensive research and I couldn't be happier with this camcorder. Ohh sorry, yes I could be happier,...the software to edit your recordings is terrible. You will need to invest another $100 and buy a good video editing SW.
Summary: I've had this camcorder for 7 months now and have been somewhat pleased with it overall. The reason I only gave it 4 stars is for some annoying issues I have with it. First off, you can only transfer your video clips if you have the power cord attached. This is inconvenient if you want to get one or two clips onto your computer and have a fully charged battery on the camcorder.
Summary: This seems to be a very good camcorder. There isn't much I can add to the professional reviews available at places like: cnet; retrevo; and camcorderinfo. I do wish that it came with a 12 Vdc power supply for the car (Canon says not to to use an inverter with the included 120 Vac supply). An HDMI cable would also be nice. The rotary dial to select still/video play/rec modes is hard to use -- it requires two hands.
Summary: Great camera loved using it on vacation, now I'm just trying to get my video to DVD I'm not very tecnologically minded so this could take me a while but hopefully once I figure it out everything about the camera would be perfect, it actually took better still photos than our high dollar digital camera does, loved it excellent choice for a family video camera
Summary: Purchased this product for my mother birthday celebration party. Pictures and videos taken we're astonishingly clear in high definition. I did not give it a 5 star rating due to battery capacity. They should have it bundled with the higher capacity battery like the BP-819 or BP 827 to match it with it's internal high capaity flash 32 GB memory.
Summary: Camcorder is very good. Video quality is excellent. There are two main issues: kit battery (just for 80 minutes of recording) and memory (just for 2.5 hours in highest quality mode). I bought a new battery,which is unfortunately bigger, and couple 16Gb memory cards. So the issues are solvable but it brings some inconvenience and some extra costs.
Summary: Overall, this is an excellent 5 star camera. I bought it with the intent of recording in-car HD video at track events. Unfortunately, the OIS on this and other HD canon cameras interfere with the stability. After careful research on various forums, I found that any camera with optical image stabalization will have this problem.