"Canon FS200 - Good pocket size digital camcorder"3.5 starson by undrpsi
Pros: Small, light, and well built. Simple point and shoot interface (maybe too simple). Canon partnered with HSN to bring out the FS200 for under retail (heck, for under Ebay) pricing.
Cons: Canon could have brought better resolution and color to the party at this price point. Menu / buttons are confusingly laid out. Will not record with LCD closed. AWFUL still pictures. Instant video artifacts the moment you go into digital zoom.
Summary: If this camera was made by Aiptek it would cost $130...but with Canon it's double that. The build quality reflects this though. For almost 3 Benjamins they could have brought 720p to the party. Great zoom but the 'jaggies' are so bad it's almost not worth having the long zoom. IS works good in opticial zoom range but suffers also in the digital zoom range. Canon could have made this a nice 720p HD entry level camcorder and get nothing '5 out of 5' ratings. As it is I give this a 3.5 rating with the caveat that just because it's got Canon on it is worth 1 point.