"Compact, feature packed with many manual options"4.5 starson by mike_25
Pros: Size, ergonomic design and intuitive to use. Large 1/3.4 inch ccd, Canon optics and image algorithms. Takes good stills up to 1632 by 1224, can put video on the card and convert analog. Very quiet.
Cons: Some prefer better low light performance, but this is one of Canon's best with an internal video light in night mode and I can get an external video light if I need more light.
Summary: It is a great camcorder for home or business with excellent color outdoors, sharp images. I have not seen any graininess and it is so quiet that I cannot hear it recording. I have to look at the video light. Autofocus adjusts quickly. Available for under $475 with $100 rebate which is a steal.