Summary: I have owned this camera for 18 months which makes it a dinosaur in this digital age so there's probably not even anyone out there who will read this review, but in the slight chance that there is.... This video camera is not your best option for low light/indoor use. In this price range (I paid $250), I woud consider a comparable Sony to get a little better indoor video quality.
Summary: We purchased this camcorder for our wedding and honeymoon. The camera is great: small size, easy to use, good quality. However, toward the end of the honeymoon, the camera stopped working. We contacted the seller, and they were very nice and asked us to return it for an exchange. We have not received our new camera yet, (I can update this review once we do) but we're looking forward to having it back.
Summary: I did a lot of research before I settled on this camera. I was prepared to spend a fair amount of money on a better model, but I came to the conclusion that it was a better idea to spend less money and wait a couple of years for the HD technology to come down in price and the hard drive storage format to become more established. So this was, in my opinion, the best mixture of quality and price. There are certainly cheaper models out there but beware.
Summary: We purchased a Canon Elura 70 2-years ago but unfortunately the zoom, still photo and tape loader broke recently. We wanted to stick with Canon for our next camera because it is a good brand so we got the Canon ZR850. Instantly the motor noise stood out. It wasn't subtle it was a high pitch whining noise that gets recorded when video tapping.
Summary: By reading Canon's description of this new line of miniDV cameras, you would think you were getting a lot more than you actually are. Motor noise is once again an issue with this Canon. Not a problem in noisy situations, but definitely noticeable at home in quieter scenes. I find the camera a bit awkward to hold and operate, due to the placement of some of the controls. My hand tends to cramp up because of it.