"Way to go Canon!"on by UNC85
Pros Great zoom, clean video, many settings can be set to manual to give you flexibiliy. Easy to learn, transfers very easily. Overall, I am pleased with this camcorder, especially for the price!
Cons Not great in low light. No real wide angle. Definitely a clicking "old film projector" sound that is annoying. The sound isn't there when zooming which is kind of bizarre.
Summary This is a great camera for the price. Fun and functionality for under $300. It's not great in low light, but most video cameras aren't. It would be nicer if there was a real wide angle, but that can be cured by taking a step or two back. Having an external mic input and headphone jacks were deal makers. The clicking "old film projector" sound it makes when shooting quiet scenes was initially a deal breaker, but if you kick it out of Smart Auto while still leaving the individual settings in A(uto), it helps. And if you switch it to manual focus, which I prefer to shoot in anyway, it clears the problem up completely. The tutorial disk is very helpful. If you want clean video at a great price, this camcorder is a good place to start.
Pros It's easy to use,
Cons That noise is absolutely annoying, everyone who has seen video playback from this camera has commented immediately about it. It's actually louder then the zoom sound, which is at least understandable.
Pros Light weight and controls were intuitive.
Cons Poor performance in low light. Audible background noise from hard drive.
Summary Don't bother purchasing this one.
Pros I had a nice demo and liked this videocam for it's facilities.
Cons In my comparisons, the Sony hdr-cx-150 playback was consistently more lucid. Indoors was not consistent.
Summary We had a hard time filming anything indoors unlike the Sony hdr-cx-150. Sony was more consistent during the comparisons.
Pros 1. Easy to get running.
2. Sound is great.
3. Daytime pictures are stellar.
Cons 1. The User Manual is useless. It is difficult to understand and doesn't answer my questions. The PDF has interactive and intelligence problems. The bookmarks don't work as expected.
Summary M2TS file format won't view on my DVD player. Can't take nighttime videos. Can't make a TV DVD and the user manual is useless. 2. NIGHTIME autofocus is not there. Autofocus from daylight to inside sucks.
3.All I wanted to do is create a movie of all my videos to burn to a DVD that will play on my DVD player.