"Below average perfomance"2.5 starson by terrym21
Pros: The long recording capacity. External microphone input. Fast power-up.
Cons: Terrible low-light performance. The hues were ok, but grainy....actually more splotchy than grainy. There was a lot of rainbow colors in the images. USB connector under the flip-out display. Internal battery compartment.
Summary: When comparing to my older ZR500 miniDV camcorder, the FS100 was disappointing. The lack of options for higher capacity batteries and no capability for lense filters is a big negative. I was hoping to gain at least as good of video quality as I was accustomed to with my miniDV while gaining longer recording time, but this was not the case. I will be returning my unit and probably bite the bullet for an HF100 even though I don't need HD capability yet. I really like the idea of no moving parts with SDHC cards. However, anyone on a buget, for SD video, should consider staying with miniDV.One other nice feature: audio level meter.
Updated on Sep 14, 2008