Summary: So first - shame on me for not reading all the fine print tech specs about it only being hooked into Firewire and not USB. But come on, Canon, where can you even purchase a base model PC with Firewire anymore? Its hardly even available as an upgrade for most avg. consumers running Windows 7.
Summary: Videotape is essentially dead on the consumer side. MiniDV is still the single best codec available for standard definition video, though, so it's still a good idea to have one of these cameras lying around for quick, high-quality SD shooting. The video quality is decent enough for single-sensor SD; it does tend to wash out and get grainy in low light, but the quality is still acceptable.
Summary: This camera has what it takes to get the job done. Naturally, it will be a good tool for capturing family outings and events. I decided to take it a step in another direction and that is for making videos and low budget films. It runs at 30 frames per second, which means, if you want that slowed down film look, you'll have to be careful with your panning and compositions. Also, it would help to use ample light and run tests.
Summary: Quality is great when using Sony Vegas Pro. (only saying as I have not used it with another Video Editor) Great quality on LCD, Viewfinder is a plus...not alot of Camcorders have them. Functional toggle and buttons easy to use. Manual settings usually not needed, unless you shoot night shots of lightning as I do. Mic jack a big plus! MiniDV is still better than other mediums. Def recommend the Canon Line of camcorders!
Summary: I purchased this camera a couple of years ago, right when it first came out. I've been using it ever since, and I'm pretty happy with it. First of all, it's not a professional camcorder that has multiple 4:3 CCD sensors. It's got one sensor. It does have a jack for an external mic, but it's an unbalanced mini-jack, not dual XLR inputs. It has a headphone jack, but I've never used it. It also has an internal mic, and I can report that it picks up sounds very, very well.
Summary: Okay, so this is a good camera as far as capturing the footage but I too have been caught up in the Firewire dilemma. Between me and my family there are four computers. Two Hewlett Packard's, one Compaq and one Emachine. None of these computers have a Firewire port to connect the camera to and edit the video. All my computers have a price tag ranging from $500 to $600 the low end.