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Canon Legria FS200 - Perfect For Normal Family Usage,
This review is from: Canon FS200 Camcorder - Blue (41x Advanced Zoom,2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD) (Camera)
I was looking for a Camcorder to record family moments with my 18 month old son. I knew that I would probably not be using it everyday, so i didnt want to spend a fortune but I was happy spending whatever it takes to get a decent picture when playing it back through my TV or saving files and burning to DVD's to send to the grandparents etc. I also wanted something that was easy to use and download files, and playback through TV, Laptop or burn to DVD for the grandparents.
I did alot of research, inevitably got very sucked in to High Definition Camcorders that are 3 times more expensive and do all kinds of things that deep down i knew i would probably never use. Ultimately though I would happily spend the money if it meant that the picture quality was going to be horrible at the lower end. In the end I came full circle back to the Canon FS200.
Am sooo glad I went for this camera. The picture is perfectly good, even on playback through the tv and laptop. Actually exceeded my expectations and I am very pleased I didnt spend that extra money on HD. Ofcourse these more expensive cameras are gonna have better and better picture quality, but based on the results of the FS200 I would honestly say (and I am quite fussy) if you want it for the same reasons I bought it, you will not be disappointed at all. Its really easy to use, has some great functionality and extra gizmo's on it, some will be used others probably not. The zoom is great, massive, but again I am using it for family stuff not filming aeroplanes and birds sitting on mountains half a mile away.
By the way, the software and loading of all the technical stuff was pretty easy actually, another reason i went for this camera as I really dont have the patience to be downloading different formats and changinging stuff around. makes me sweat just thinking about that stuff.This camera does exactly what it says on the tin and does it well. The picture is great and you really dont need more unless you are extremely in to camcording or professional. Plus its very cute looking and easy to take anywhere. Battery life seems good, lasts a good few hours. If I end up using this camera loads then maybe I would consider upgrading to HD but for me and I would think for many people in a similar situation this camera is a good purchase. Go for it.Canon FS200 Camcorder - Red (41x Advanced Zoom,2.7 inch Widescreen Colour LCD)