Summary: I use this product allot. It has never let me down. Great HD footage. Works great for what I am using it for. It's so simple to use my kids know how to operate it. My brother-in-law loved using mine so much he bought one for himself.
Summary: I've had this camera for a couple of weeks, I've tried it indoors, at night, outdoors under bright sun. The image quality is superb. I was using it to shoot some scenes at an amusement part, and the videos are good, I was worried about the motion artifacts in AVCHD encoding, but it's not as bad as I had imagined. The low light performance is good, nothing to write home about. Things start get a little grainy indoors in the morning if I go to the shady part of the room.
Summary: Overall I've enjoyed this camera, but there are a couple of shortcomings:
1. AVDHD codec (.m2ts file extention)is not supported by the majority of popular players and editing software, including WMP and quicktime. Additoinally, the software included with the camera, which ostensibly provides basic viewing and editing/disc authoring functions, is terrible to the point of being virtually useless.
Summary: I was looking for a Camcorder that: a) Did both still images and video reasonably well b) Gave me the ability to walk into any event with only one device to carry (kids soccer games to parties to a 2 week vacation) c) Easy to use, with good picture quality d) Minimal hassles all the way from shooting the video/stills to downloading and modifying the video/stills. d) Wasn't bleeding edge! So, I was paying through my nose. e) Wouldn't be outdated in a matter of a year.
Summary: So far, I haven't had any major problems with this camera. I am new with HD camcorders. The video quality for this camcorder is quite excellent. Transferring video over to my computer works fast and well. I have not tried making DVDs using the program provided. I am disappointed I could not use other video editing software. The other drawback is the location of the power bottom; it is hard to turn on and off the camcorder with the fingers of the hand holding the camera.
Summary: This is the 6th Canon camera I have bought these last 8 years, and the camera meets my expectations of performance. Its high quality definition is excellent, and is without exception much better than other similar camcorders around. However, I found a "Corel Application Disc" version 2.0 in the box, installed it, and found it did not work with the new .mts files properly, so I called Corel and found that they "did not support this product any more".
Good camcorder, a bit of mac trouble though workable
andrea zeller, Amazon
12 April 2008
Summary: Great compact camcorder, two possible formats- High def and reg def. great image on both. I have shot with highend prosumer cameras and I have to say that this is comparable, the only one on the market with a mic jack to attach extrenal mic. It is compact and shoots great, easy to use and you can attach additional lenses. Great battery life. HOWEVER... AVCHD format is not widely used yet.
Summary: I picked this camera because it got rave reviews just about everywhere. I won't reiterate everything people have already said - I'll just break it down into likes and dislikes. Pros Very good image quality, color and saturation. Love that Cine mode! Very good ergonomics (love the zoom button). Zippy "Quick Start" Actually comes with a hot shoe adapter (many cams these days are missing it). IS works very well.