"Great Consumer HD Camcorder!"4.5 starson by Andrew_Killian
Pros: + Color is fantastic
+ Clips are recorded in .mov format which works great
+ Low light image quality is impressive
+ Same sensor as the XF105, a $4300 professional camcorder
Cons: - Lame OEM battery and the viewfinder touch screen doesn't respond to finger commands easily
Summary: Had my VIXIA HF M41 about a month and really love it. Bought the camera in preparation for our Alaska trip in a few months but use it to shoot property videos which end up on Youtube. I've been shooting primarily in FXP mode to save space which gets you 720p on Youtube. You can get some beautiful videos in the top MXP mode but you'll eat up battery and storage space in a hurry.Edit Link
Color is fantastic and all I could ask for as a semi-professional without spending a lot more money. When played back directly on HD tv the picture is stunning.
Clips are recorded in .mov format which works great with the iMovie9 editor that came with the MacBook Pro I bought last year. I spent about two minutes looking at the software that came with it from Canon and then tossed it.
Waiting on a WD-H43 wide angle lens I just ordered. Will have to buy a larger capacity battery also. The one that comes with it is pretty lame. The good news is the battery cavity and easily handle the additional 1/2 inch of the BP-819 with protruding out the back. The BP-827 will get in the way of the optical view finder.
I bought this camera because I wanted an optical view finder and this one has it. It's not great and it's in a single fixed position but on bright sunny days I'll have that option.
Why not five stars? Lame OEM battery and the viewfinder touch screen doesn't respond to finger commands easily. However, once I got the settings dialed in I set the focus on Auto and you shouldn't have to mess with the touch screen that much.
*** P.S. If you will buy this digital camcorder I suggest you have compare prices before you decide at: www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B004HW7E2O?ie=UTF8&ref_=dp_olp_new_map&qid=1314936197&sr=1-1&condition=new#?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=ur2&camp=1789&creative=390957
Updated on Oct 15, 2011
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