"Good Compact Camcorder - Easy to Use"4.0 starson by fearlessphil
Pros: Great outdoor video, no moving parts, easy to get the video from camera to computer, can't record over your movies like a miniDV camera (this happened to me).
Cons: Still shots are poor, indoor video is mediocre, no on camera video editing, you have to convert files to burn them to DVD, video is a little grainy on my HD TV.
Summary: I bought this camera to replace a Sony Handycam miniDV. I have gone through two of of the Sony Handycams. The tape eject mechanism failed on both cameras. So I wanted to get away from tape. I really like the convenience of an SD card. Pop out card and insert in laptop. I convert the .mod files to mpeg with free software called SDcopy and burn the movies to DVD. The video quality is on par with the miniDV cameras I had. It seems like all of these budget camcorders have problems with low light and this Canon is no exception. Don't bother with using this camcorder for still shots they are horrible!