Pros Big Harddrive, Compact, Takes good video & pictures
Cons SD Card required for still pictures
Summary This has been a great camera for me so far. It takes great video and still pictures. It's easy to use and compact. Battery life has been great.
The biggest frustration I've had is with the AVCHD video format. The software support for this format is limited, but that isn't the fault of the camera. Also, for some reason, you have to have an SD card to take still pictures. I don't understand why you can't save them on the hard drive.
Those are my only cons. I recommend this camera.
Pros Easy to use, video quality very good, good in low light conditions, excellent quality product..
Cons A little heavy, no volume control, limited software. No manual focus.
Summary I don't think you will be disappointed with this camcorder. It produces very good quality video, the menus are easy to use.
The hard drive stores about 5+ hours of high quality video. The sound quality is good, but unfortunately there is no control over the volume.
If you want to "cut" sound out you have to edit this out with software.
The transfer of data from the camcorder to the computer hard drive is good.
The video format used is AVCHD, if you are using software to edit the video onto DVD, it can take a few hours.
It takes "stills" but has to be captured on a memory card. The quality of the photographs is adequate about 3 Megapixel, but no more than that.
I have found that the stop/start button is "not readily at hand." & is placed at the back of the camcorder. In my opinion it should have been placed near to the zoom control.
In my opinion this is camcorder is very good and no comparison with the "average" video camcorder on the market today.
The price of this product has already been reduced. If you are looking for a quality camcorder you will not be disappointed.
Pros Beautiful HD Video, Professional Build for Consumer Price!
Cons None in 3 months of useage!
Summary This is the undisputed champion of consumer camcorders. Canon took their time and designed the perfect camcorder. and a street price of $750 you can't beat it, Sony's are not nearly as good and they cost $300-$400 more on the street.
In all my (lengthy) research the only cons I heard mentioned were:
1.) Why 40GB HDD? Why would you need more? that's between 5.5 & 15 hours. when a battery only lasts 1.5 hours... how many spares would you carry?
2.) 24P mode does not work. WRONG! it is PERFECT. those who have issues are using a bad codec which has been identified on some of the well known forums.
3.) it's not true HD @ 1920 x 1080, it's really 1440 x 1080i: WRONG! it's true 1920 x 1080. those who claim it's 1440 are using a bad codec & application which is limited to 1440, but the video is actually 1920 x 1080. These bad codecs are also the cause of 24P mode not looking good, it's because the codec is trying to run 24P at 29.97 thus resulting in tearing... Get the right codec and all is PERFECT!
This is the only camcorder to buy if you are considering a HD level camcorder.
Pros Great Pictures
Cons Totally unreliable
Summary Great camera, great pictures, very fragile. Must have the external mic (built-in is terrible). Hard disk crashed for no apparent reason - lost pictures, have to return, etc., etc. Recommend that you NOT buy hard disk camera. Everything else is GREAT.
Pros good quality for price
Cons i used my mac computer to edit video. avchd format forces you to purchase final cut express 4 ($200)
Summary overall happy with quality of product. not thrilled about the choice of avchd format.