I bought this as a replacement to a Canon camera that was 10 years old and was still perfect in every way. I replaced it only because Apple stopped supporting whatever download protocol it used. My videos were stuck forever after going to Mojave. Anyway, loving my old one, I bought what appeared to be the closest match. Here's the difference. The quality of the video output is outstanding. Let's be honest iPhones are great for almost everything, but an optical zoom is a must for distance filming, and I bought this for sports. The camera body is super light weight. Like, too light... It feels like a hollow plastic toy. The camera has a nice feel in your hand, but the battery is super deep (compared to the size of the camera) and it actually gets in the way of your thumb pressing the record button. You really need the hand strap set well to get your hand in the right place. Sound is more than adequate from mic to speaker. Now the bad stuff. Number 1, and this is my biggest gripe... the lens cover is no long automatic. So, when you turn it off and put it in a bag, the lens cover may still be open. This is going to cost me in damage, I can tell. Any added weight or expense from an auto cover would be worth the design time. And finally, I'm sure I'll get used to it, but the touch screen operating system is anything but intuitive. The manual is not much help. Maybe it's just new to me, but it should be much easier to understand how to turn the mic on or off, for instance.
Pros: Excellent video quality good sound great battery life Good Optical Zoom Acceptable to good Image Stabilizaiton
Cons: No Auto Lens Cover Poor Operating System
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Great camera very easy to set up and use has great zoom and a very clear picture
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This camcorder is just awesome. I wanted a camcorder with modern resolution, auto focus, an input for an external microphone and one that has a remote control function. No one had these features except this Canon HF 80. These were the most crucial features I wanted but it comes with so many more features that I can not tell anyone without far too many pages. The manual is online with 279 pages explaining all the features. Do not let the manual deter you from getting this camera because anyone can learn it and be happy with it.
Pros: Very high resolution, auto focus is great, has good input for an external microphone, has 16gb of storage which can be increased to any higher amount with an sd card, can be uploaded to your computer wirelessly or with a usb cable which is provided, fits easily on any tripod, and has many settings which you can select to give you the kind of videos or photos that makes them look better for your personal choice. An awesome camcorder by canon.
Cons: The remote works on an application from a company other than canon. It could be better as it does not work as well as other remotes that we are used to. This remote function could use improvement.
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I wish there were better directions
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