Summary: I have a small video production company and have been using DSLR for awhile. I recently was hired on to produce a documentary in the UK and Africa so I got this little guy to be a B-Roll cam. Love it! The only issue I have had is with the conversion for FCP. It just adds a little more time to post than a normal DSLR but its totally worth it.
Excerpt: I've had the camera for approximately 2 weeks, and I have been thrilled with the quality. The construction of the device is very solid, though very light which is nice. The camera is very small, but not light on features. Everything available via button, and the color space is very good. This camera really soaks up light. Good zoom range, and good widest angle. Very versatile lens. Great battery life! Like 2-3 hours on one charge.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance
Summary: I am no way an expert on camera but I feel very comfortable with this camcorder. This is a nice portable all-rounder camcorder for many kinds of projects...can be used for wedding video, corporate and cultural events, documentary making. Ideal for serious first time small budget film makers. It is lightweight, packed with crucial features, excellent video quality, reasonably priced.
Pros: Compact size, great image quality, multiple recording bit rates, infrared recording, duel compact flash card recording
Cons: Limited zoom, Compact-Flash cards are expensive, small buttons, menu is not intuitive.
Summary: I use this to shoot a lot of corporate video. It's extremely easy to use, lightweight, travel-size -- but the quality is phenomenal. The multiple modes, framerates, resolutions, etc. is great. And the multiple CF card slots are really useful, too. And don't forget about the XLR inputs! All-around, couldn't be happier (and neither could my clients). Of course, the onboard mic leaves quite a bit to be desired.
Excerpt: Big camera results in a small, almost weightless, package. Any objections are minimal when compared to the overall results. <br /><br />While a longer zoom range would have been nice, once again you give up weight. So although an XF300 might be in the future, this camera, with its 4: 2: 2 color space, definitely has a place as a first class, professional grade, utility camcorder.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Large Clear LCD
Summary: This is the best budget pro cam hands down. The footage rivals a 3CMOS easily with the exception of really low light. If your footage looks too grainy try using the Neat video noise reduction system, it is the best I've ever come across. These cameras are amazing I have 2 of them and they work for every pro job I've done... commercials, music festivals, music videos, promo videos, interviews, you name it.
Excerpt: This is my first professional video camera purchase. 3 days after I received my Canon XF100, I was called upon to produce and direct video interviews as Blu Ray DVD bonus material for a major DVD distribution company based in the UK. Because the Canon XF100 was easy to learn in such a short amount of time, I had the confidence to shoot 30 interviews in just 8 days.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Picture Quality, Great Sound, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Zoom range/performance