Summary: I've never had a camcorder before--never even used one, not even the old VHS ones. But this baby's a cake walk. The manual takes a little shuffling through, and the buttons and menus need careful looking over (sorta that "Oooh, I get it" thing). But overall the camcorder is great. The picture quality is amazing (for the price).
Summary: This is a great DV camera - loaded I should say, all possible in/out options. I have used it on Win Win ME / Win 2000 / Win XP on my desktop and laptop and results are fantastic and no problem with any system to recognize the new hardware. I was a little apprehensive about the small size, but no regrets - it can do all the stuff the high end 1000+ cameras can (Barring still capture on media card) I have a digital camera anyways for that.
Summary: I own pro digital cameras, but I get an awful lot of use from this little Cannon. Scouting locations, special events, vacations, you name it I've used it. The picture quality is superb, though don't expect the same results as a $10,000 pro cam. It does not work well in low light situations, using the low light setting the camera must be held perfectly still, as in tripod, even then the results are not very good. But that's what camera lights are for.
Summary: The camera is an all around great camera: compact, light weight,versitle-able to take video and able to talk still shots. have use the camera with excellent results for backpacking, a wedding, bicycling, home movies, photographing a night time live concert,photographing nature, scenery and people. Operating the camera is not complex i.e., you don't need to be an electronic engineer or video specialist. It is easy to physically operate the camera i.e.
Excerpt: I bought this camera as an under $1K miniDV camera, plus it's a Canon, works with iMovie on a Mac and had several great reviews by users. Also this camera features analog video in via S-Video and stereo audio ports so I can convert Hi8 to digital tape. Remember to buy a miniDV tape if you get this camera, there isn't one included for you in the box. Also you must buy your own Firewire 6pin to 4pin cable if you want to connect this camera to your computer.