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on 9 December 2013
I loved this camera as soon as I got it out of the box. Looks great, it's small, has lots of functions (I don't use most of them though - that's what my SLR is for), and picture quality is great.
However, the main reason I bought it is for the 1080P HD video function - and this is where it appears to have a fault. I have recorded several short music clips - two of bands (one in a pub, one in a small concert venue) plus an organist playing in a large cathedral. In every case, when I play back the video (either in camera or on my PC) there is a lot of noise distortion when the music reaches high volume. Yet I wouldn't say the music was particularly loud when I actually recorded it.
It's almost as if the recording level is set too high - but I can't find a way to reduce it. There is an optional wind filter setting, but the instructions say this may result in odd sound if used when it isn't windy.
I contacted Canon for advice, and they suggested making sure I had the latest software installed on my PC. I have done this, but I think the problem is within the camera itself. There doesn't appear to be a firmware update available.
If it was possible, I'd probably give the camera 3.5 rather than 4, but have decided to be generous!
Update 15 December 2013:
Sadly I have now discovered what appears to be a design flaw with this camera. One corner of the flash unit is tucked in behind the lens surround. Having taken a lot of flash photos last night (the exposure of which was a bit iffy) I noticed that a small shadow is cast in one corner where the flash is obstructed by the lens.
Combining these factors with the sound distortion when videoing, I have downgraded my original review to two stars. Disappointing, as I have always been a fan of Canon equipment, but they seem to have dropped the ball on this one!