Pros Picture was nice, Camera was only a month old, hardly used when lense cover stopped working .
Cons Lense cover stopped working. Sent it back to Canon for repair and they said wanted to charge $261.00 to repair. Canon should let people know that their camera shouldn't be used in windy place, lakes, or ocean beaches.
Summary Have always used Canon products but do not feel the product is reliable or that Canon is standing behind their product. Wish I'd had more time to become familiar with the product before it broke.
"Great Camera"on by duncanwood
Pros This is my first mid-level camera, and I'm in love with it. Decent zoom with incredible optical stabilization, good audio quality, and amazing resolution. The video is very clear. Whoever said the menu system is confusing is misguided.
Cons I use Final Cut Pro for importing. It does log and capture well, but you do have to have the camera plugged into a charger for it to work. It's only slightly troublesome.
Summary Overall, it's great. I don't see any reason you could put this camera down. True, it's no professional camcorder, but for intermediate projects it's more than acceptable.
"Great camera!"on by maytrix0
Pros Affordable underwater housing
Improved zoom level over prior models
Cons None that I have found
Summary I upgraded to the M30 from an HF100 for a few reasons. One was primarily due to an issue with my zoom on the HF100 and the choice that made it easy was that I wanted an underwater housing and upgrading and getting Canon's housing was really cheaper then getting housing for the HF100.
The camera works great both in and out of the water. Quality is excellent and it's easy to transfer video and photos to a computer.
I'd highly recommend this or any others in Canon's line as they all provide great quality.
Pros I like the compact size of this camera.
Cons Bad picture quality. Poor quality even at high speeds (17Mbps). Worse than my old Sony miniDV.
Very grainy in low light (in a well lit auditorium).
Battery runs out very fast. Said 7 min remaining battery. In about 1 min, it said 2 min remaining.
Summary I'm returning camcorder. I don't know what I will buy now, but I definitely think I would find something better. My old sony minidv is good till I find a better HD camcorder.
Pros Nothing at all.
Cons Look, design, touch screen menu, battery life etc.
Summary I needed to buy another camcorder. I have a Canon HF20 which I like very much. I wanted to stay with Canon because I wasn't into learning another brand of camcorder's operating system and the performance of the HF20, once I learned how to use it, has been top notch. I checked out the Canon M300 series expecting improvements over last years models. I couldn't believe what I found. First the look of the M300 series. In comparison to the HF20 they are ugly. The ugliness is in the rear of the camcorder, the layout and the battery. The HF20 is an elegant, classy, beautiful to look at machine. The battery integrates beautifully in it and the high gloss black speaks of quality. Not so with the M30 or 31. What were the designers thinking? My first camcorder was a Sony Hi8, my second was a Canon Elura 100 Mini DV. I liked them both so when I was ready for a HD camcorder I considered both brands. It was the touch screen interface that drove me away from Sony. I really like the system on the HF20
and expected that the new Canon models would have an improved version of it. NOT. What a huge let-down. So I started looking for a HF200 or another HF20 left over from last year. I was getting discouraged because all I found was a HF200 that they wanted over $800 for. Then the heavens opened and I found an HF21, the top of the HF line, for $600. I jumped on it right away. It's is an improvement over the HF20 and I couldn't be happier. I may have purchased an M30 or M31 if I couldn't find what I wanted, but I would have been very disappointed. Lori's review tells the truth but I think a 3 star rating is very generous.