"imho: the best sub $500.00 camcorder"4.5 starson by pcstuff
Pros: Fairly priced, good pic quality, small, true widescreen (not HD) format
Cons: may be too small for some, viewfinder almost unusuable
Summary: I've used this camcorder for a few days now and have to say I am utterly impressed:
- It records fantastic images under bright light.
- Even in "dim" conditions (hardly any daylight/just a few lamps) it records excellent images.
- It is very small and portable. Any smaller and it just wouldn't be usable. The buttons are well laid out and easy to use for my wife with small/average size hands and me with my bigger hands. Do note though that the camera is very small and sometimes you will have a hrad time shooting steady video, if holding it with only one hand. I usually just use my other hand to steady it holding the LCD screen.
- Some users complain that it feels "cheaply built" or even "flimsy". I don't share that opinion at all. It's just that it is made of plastic and light weight.
- Very good battery life, even when using the LCD screen all the time. The little viewfinder doesn't extend and is almost unusable. They could have honestly skipped it and just made the camcorder another $50 cheaper.
- The lens cover is built in, so no chance of it going awol ever again!
- Records in true widescreen (can be switched to 4:3 in a heartbeat though). Most camcorders in this price range will just chop your 4;3 image and make it look like 16:9. So although the Elura 100 doesn't record in HD (which at this time costs another $1k) it is somewhat "future-proof" to watch your home video on your next TV purchase (most likely a HDTV) and make full use of all it's "real estate".
- Features Analog-to-Digital passthrough. While most camcorders in this price class skip that feature, the E100 allows you to convert your old analog videos to digital format and enjoy them for years/decades to come.
- Some people complain of motor or a clicking noise, I have not noticed either. Makes me think Canon had some birthing problems with the first run of these.
I've done a lot of comparing, trying to decide between 3ccd, HD and so forth. The Elura 100 in my opinion allows me to shoot great video now at a very economical price (#329 delivered) and I won't feel bad when I upgrade to the next generation HD camcorder in a few years.