Conclusion: I purchased the XA10 for it's pro-quality image output and, due to the type of shooting I mainly do, it’s accuracy on auto as it is described as having very accurate auto-features for face and subject tracking and for coping with changing lighting conditions etc - 'Smart Auto'. These features are important to me as I shoot almost completely outdoors and I film myself so obviously manual control of focusing etc is out of the question.
Pros: Compact Design, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
Cons: Poor image quality, Short battery life, Poor Color Reproduction, Poor sound/audio, inconsistent performance
Conclusion: I purchased this product back in November of 2011 and everything seemed fine and I was happy with it. A couple of months ago when editing a video I noticed that some weird focusing issues were occurring. I then sent the unit back for service and the focus issue still exists. I haven't seen anyone else explain that they have a focus issue but mine is very evident. Maybe I got a bad unit?
Pros: a lot of features, compact size
Cons: problems focusing, face detction focus doesn't work, servicing item didn't fix problem
Conclusion: I have purchased so far 4 of these and had to return all of them due to the fact that the XRL handle has faulty switches that rattle and make so much noise, you can't even take a step without the noise carrying over to the audio that's being recorded from the mic. The image is amazing, but serious design flaw on the XLR handle rendering the entire camera useless.
Pros: good battery life, Good Low-Light Performance, Easy Computer Connectivity, Accurate, Vivid Colors, Compact Design, excellent image quality, durable, Ergonomic/comfortable to hold, Easy TV Connectivity, easy to use
Cons: Poor sound/audio, Flimsy Construction, xlr handle doubles as a baby rattle