"Way to go Canon!"4.0 starson 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.