Pros I love the built-in memory, image stabilization, and works fine in the poorly-lighted gym at night. My expectations would've been higher if it were pricier.
Cons Only does what you expect. Nothing to wow you over.
Summary I like this for the silly price, easy to carry, the complete package (bag and cable and extra memory).
It's a Canon, you can expect it to be pretty bullet-proof.
It's cheap, get one!
Pros Good quality video, external mic input, reasonable price.
Cons Short battery life, unable to recognize edited projects using its own video.
Summary If you just want to shoot some HD video and play it back the way you shot it on your HDTV, no problem. The picture quality is quite good and the camera has some nice features you would expect on more expensive models. However, if you want to edit your video on an HD video editing program (I tried both Pinnacle 14 Ultimate and Adobe Premiere Elements 8), then transfer the edited project back to the camera for HD playback, forget it. I've talked to two Canon support techs, and both confirmed that the camera will not be able to accept and playback edited projects, including those shot, edited, rendered and saved in the AVCHD format which the HF R11 uses. The only program that will allow an edited project to be sent back to the camera with success is the Pixela editing program bundled with the camera, but Pixela is little more than a program than can rearrange and shorten existing shots.
"Not impressed"on by ibogul250
Pros Color is ok.
Cons Overall video is not crisp. It is very light blurry. I will return it.
Summary It is very expensive for the quality.
"disappointing"on by ppeed
Pros nice features, easy to use, solid construction
Cons there is a spinning sound on all the videos I shot, maybe the internal hardrive recording It drowned out simple conversations,was not suitable for my needs so I returned it to Costco, where their website also had user reviews saying the same thing.
Summary forget it if you were recording quiet backgrounds or wanted to hear what folks were saying. I bought it to record my 94 year old mothers stories and that became a nightmare with this recorder. Canon you can do better!
Pros simplicity in application, light weight and the settings are easy to change. Cannon did an excellent job.
Cons i like everything about this handycam.
Summary This camcorder is great. u can take hiking, to the beach, even paragliding and capture your experiences with ease. it is light weight, great footage, great battery life and fun. It is truly a complete compact full hd handycam.camcorder. you can't go wrong for the price and cannon's quality speaks for itself. I own several other camcorders but this guy goes everywhere I go. The software is easy to use and you will have fun editing your footage or pictures. it is 5 star piece of equipment.