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!
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.
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. I use a Macbook Pro and with iMovie and the camera plugged in I have had no problems. The video is crisp and clear on every quality setting and the sound is very decent. The best thing is the size. It's light and easy to throw in a bag.
Summary: This camera is awesome... the picture quality is amazing and the features it packs into such a small package is hard to believe... the only criticism is the nickel and dime approach to accessories that should be included with an $1,100 MSRP camera -- the special mini-HDMI to HDMI cable and wider angle lens... it is easy to get too close to your subject and not be able to fit everything in the frame...
Summary: This is a great little camera for the price. Full 1080p (1920 x 1080) at multiple frame rates. Great color, great optics. Crystal clear picture if the lighting isn't too low. Takes great stills. 32GB of internal memory--plenty of room for taking video even at the highest quality settings (about 3 hours). Some things to consider for Mac users: you need an Intel-based Mac to import AVCHD.
Summary: The image quality is great in well lit situations. Motion is crisp in the 30p mode as long as the subject is walking and the camera pans slowly. A subject running or fast pan will cause blurs and grainy image; But still better than an interlaced camera. With any camera, holding it very steady or on a tripod is the #1 most important thing to get good quality video. In a bright room with indirect sunlight, images are crisp.