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Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red)

B&H # CAFS400R Mfr # 5026B002
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Product Highlights
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot
  • 1/6" CCD Image Sensor
  • 2.7" Widescreen LCD
  • 41x Advanced Zoom
  • Dynamic Image Stabilizer
  • DIGIC DV II Image Processor
  • Advanced Video Snapshot
  • Eye-Fi Memory Card Compatible
  • Multiple Recording Functions
  • Pixela Video Browser Software

The entry-level Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder is a budget-friendly way to preserve your memories. In addition to being light on your pocketbook, the FS400 features standard def recording, flash memory ease, and user-friendly features. Let's take a quick look at this dynamic little camera.

The FS400 records standard def video using a 1/6" CCD image sensor and Canon's DIGIC DV II Image Processor. Your images will be clear and ready for instant upload to the web thanks to their SD file size. And all those standard def videos will be recorded right to external flash memory- chose from SD/SDHC and SDXC cards for convenient storage and transfer of all your files.

The FS400 has a 2.7" LCD for composition and review of all your scenes. Other standard recording features include 41x Advanced zoom and Canon's Dynamic Image Stabilizer. Additional recording options go the extra mile to ensure a painless experience that simplifies video recording. Use options like Advanced Video Snapshot, Quick Start, and Pre-Record to your advantage for memories that will truly last a lifetime. When you're all done shooting, the included Pixela Video Browser software helps you share and edit all that you've shot.

Flash Memory
The ultra-sleek and compact FS400 allows you to capture video onto an SD memory card. Video stored on the memory card can then be inserted into your computer's or television's card reader slot for immediate viewing. Additionally, you can use higher capacity SD memory cards to further increase the video storage of your FS400. And with SDXC memory card compatibility, you'll have card storage capacity from 32GB up to 2TB

In addition to the advantage of added recording time, flash memory offers more to you as well. You'll appreciate its quick response time, because it doesn't have to wait for moving parts. Press the record button and your FS400 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review your footage, it will start playing more quickly as well. Another plus is the FS400's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do"

Shock Resistant
While Canon certainly hopes you keep your FS400 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss due to damage to your recording media or the moving parts found in other camcorders
Sleek, Ultra-Compact and Lightweight Design
The sleek, ultra-compact and lightweight FS400 measures only 2.1" wide, 2.3" high and 4.8" deep. This small, easy to carry camcorder will go with you everywhere you go, as it weighs only 7.8 oz
Superb Image Quality
Great looking video starts with the images your camcorder sees, processes and records. Canon's legendary technology works together in the FS400 to deliver the best at every step. Canon delivers the best in standard definition video in the FS400. A Genuine Canon 41x Advanced zoom delivers unsurpassed image quality. The 680,000 pixel CCD image sensor and Canon DIGIC DV II image processor captures video with vivid, intense, lifelike detail
Dynamic IS
With the Canon FS400, you can be sure that even on the move your video will be smooth, steady and professional looking. Dynamic IS provides continuous adjustment throughout the entire zoom range to correct a broader range of motion. In comparison to conventional electronic image stabilization systems, extra compensation is applied at wide-angle focal lengths to eliminate unwanted vibration that is common when walking
2.7" Widescreen LCD
The 2.7" widescreen LCD on the FS400 lets you see more of what your camcorder is recording. The 112,000 dot screen delivers bright, clear detail and the widescreen format means there's no need to imagine what your final image will look like on your widescreen television because it's not squeezed into a small space while you're shooting. What you see will be what you get
Advanced Video Snapshot
Our enhanced Advanced Video Snapshot will let you shoot short movie clips with the FS400 in the same way you've shot snapshots with your still camera. You can create 2, 4, or 8 second video clips which can be played back in the FS400 with background music. You'll also be able to capture clips in playback, making it more convenient than ever to use this feature. It's the perfect way to document your vacation in a quick, easy, entertaining series of clips, perfect for Internet sharing
Quick Start
With Quick Start you'll never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. When the FS400's LCD panel is closed, it is placed in standby. When the action starts, open the LCD panel and you'll begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life as compared to leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode
Widescreen HR
The FS400 captures and records true 16:9 high resolution widescreen for picture perfect video. It comes from Canon's sophisticated image processing system, which uses the entire width of the image sensor, capturing true 16:9 widescreen. The additional pixels captured deliver better image quality
Quick Charge
When you've got a lot to shoot but not a lot of time to recharge your batteries, the Quick Charge feature comes to the rescue. In 20 minutes, you can charge up to approximately 60 minutes of recording time! It's ultra-fast battery charging when you need it most
Pre-Record
The Pre-Record feature places your FS400 in a stand-by "pre-roll" mode. With this feature the camcorder continuously records three seconds of video to memory before you even press the record button. When you start recording, the additional video is recorded too. It will be easier than ever to capture the moment when the bat hits the ball at the start of that home run
Program AE
You'll take the compact, lightweight FS400 wherever you go, so to give you the best exposure settings for different conditions and subjects, automatically, you'll have Program AE. Portrait mode ensures shallow depth of field for a pleasing background to your shots of friends and family. Sports mode stops the action with faster shutter speeds. A new Night Scene mode is designed to give you more accurate and natural shots in very low light conditions by reducing noise and preventing the overexposure of building and street lighting. Snow and Beach modes compensate for bright surroundings and give you the proper exposure on your subject. Sunset mode results in vibrant, well-exposed colors for one of the toughest subjects to capture
Low Light Mode
In Low light mode, it's possible to shoot in situations where you have as little as 1.3 lux of available illumination when you don't want to add additional light
Spotlight Mode
Use Spotlight mode when your child is on stage and in the spotlight - literally - and you want to make sure the exposure is right for them
Fireworks Mode
Fireworks mode records brilliant images of another tough subject: the holiday fireworks display
Level Marker Feature
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional-looking results. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level
Grid Marker
The FS400's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is
Flicker Reduction
Flicker reduction is also a feature of the FS400, with a setting available to minimize the pulsing of light sources, such as fluorescent bulbs which can spoil your footage, especially when shooting at night or in other low light situations
Connectivity
To maximize the usefulness and versatility of the FS400, you'll find an A/V mini-terminal to easily view the recorded video on your television. The FS400 is also equipped with a USB port for direct transfer of your video and photos to your computer for editing or online sharing

The FS400 is compatible with the Eye-Fi SD memory card. It's possible to wirelessly transfer your video and photos to your computer, or upload them directly to online sharing sites in a few simple steps. Insert an Eye-Fi SD memory card into the SD card slot on the camcorder, configure your computer to select the target site (e.g., Facebook, YouTube, Shutterfly, Flickr) and you're ready to share your standard definition files with family, friends, and the world!

It's a breeze to upload video from your FS400 to sites such as YouTube, using the supplied simple wizard Pixela Video Browser Software. It's another way to easily bring your FS400-shot footage to the Internet

Built-In Video Light
The built-in mini video light greatly improves the quality of your video shot in low light conditions
Pixela Video Browser Software
The FS400 camcorder is bundled with a powerful software suite. Pixela Video Browser lets you play back your recorded video on your computer. You can also easily perform editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. With the Pixela Video Browser software, you can easily upload video to the Internet. And to perfectly complement the Video Snapshot feature found on Canon flash memory camcorders, a music CD containing royalty-free soundtracks is also provided
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery
The Intelligent lithium-ion battery not only accurately tracks remaining battery life, it also gives a display in minutes remaining. It will allow you to better plan your shooting, so you won't be caught out with a battery that suddenly goes from "half" to "empty"
Built-In Electronic Lens Cover
The built-in electronic lens cover means you never have to go looking for your lens cover again. Turn your camcorder on and the lens cover automatically opens. Turn it off, and the cover closes
Camera
Sensor 1/6"  CCD
Optics
Lens 2.6 - 96.2 mm
f/2.0 - 5.2
Zoom Optical: 37x
Advanced (Optical): 41x
Digital: 2000x
Recording
System NTSC
Recording Media SD/SDHC, SDXC  
Recording Time SD/SDHC GB
1GB: High Image Quality: 10 minutes; Standard: 20 minutes; Long Play: 35 minutes
16GB: High Image Quality: 3 hours, 40 minutes; Standard: 5 hours, 30 minutes; Long Play: 10 hours, 25 minutes
32GB: High Image Quality: 7 hours, 20 minutes; Standard: 11 hours; Long Play: 20 hours, 50 minutes
64GB: High Image Quality: 14 hours, 50 minutes; Standard: 22 hours, 5 minutes; Long Play: 41 hours, 40 minutes
Video Format Standard Definition
MPEG2
Channels 2.0-Channel Stereo
Display
Display Type LCD
Touchscreen No
Screen Size 2.7"
Features
Image Stabilization Digital
Lux 1.3 (Low Light mode)
Built-in Mic Yes
Built-in Speaker Yes
Built-in Light/Flash Light - Yes
Flash - No
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Outputs 1x USB 2.0
1x Composite Video (out)
1x A/V
Microphone Input No
Headphone Jack No
General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP (SP2)
    XP (SP3)
    Vista
    7
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.1 x 2.3 x 4.8" / 5.3 x 5.8 x 12.2 cm
Weight 7.8 oz / 221 g
Canon FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red)
  • BP-808 Lithium-Ion Battery
  • CA-570 Compact AC Power Adapter
  • IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable
  • STV-250N Stereo Video Cable
  • Bundled CD-ROMs
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    CanonFS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Blue)
     
    4.3

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (24)
    • Zoom range/performance (23)
    • Great picture quality (18)
    • Image stabilization (15)
    • Great sound (9)

    Cons

    • No external mic input (3)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (16)
    • Travel (12)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Movies/short films (4)
    • Documentaries (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual user (18), Enthusiast (6), Semi-pro (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Pretty good

    For the price it is five stars. There are of course much more expensive etc. but it is quick and small(fits in pocket). The 41x zoom is what I wanted and it...Read complete review

    For the price it is five stars. There are of course much more expensive etc. but it is quick and small(fits in pocket). The 41x zoom is what I wanted and it is pretty good.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beware: Proprietary files for editing

    We bought a number of these so students could use them in the classroom for very simple work... nothing extensive. Nice picture, decent sound for an on-camera mic. But the Canon...Read complete review

    We bought a number of these so students could use them in the classroom for very simple work... nothing extensive. Nice picture, decent sound for an on-camera mic. But the Canon (as do some other camcorders) records to a .MOD file which was impossible to import into Windows MovieMaker. Went online to search for a solution, and tried changing the .MOD file extension to an .MPG. Still didn't work. I can convert the file running it through another program, but that's another step students have to go through in an already short class period.

    Just wish manufacturers (especially in these consumer-grade camcorders) would find a standard and stick with it, whether it be .mpg, .avi, .mov, etc.

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    4.0

    Perfect for the "old" fashion

    By Colannah

    from Christchurch, VA

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Zoom range/performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

      My wife and I were in the market to purchase a camcorder that would be used to record family videos of our newborn son. This camcorder is a great product if you are looking for a non-touchscreen, standard definition camera. It takes great video, both in low and high lighted environments, the sound is excellent and the functions are extremely easy to navigate. We enjoy the ease of use and the compactness of the camera.

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      5.0

      I would purchase again

      By Pat

      from Pennsylvania

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

          Very easy to you! Wonderful video camera! Great for use with young children. We had the older model and our daughter dropped it!! We didn't hesitate to purchase the exact same one in newer model!

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          2.0

          After using for 9 months ...

          By Video Mike

          from Western Mass

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Sound

          Cons

          • No External Mic Input
          • Out Of Focus At Times
          • Poor In Low Light
          • Poor Still Image

          Best Uses

          • Outdoor Picnics

          Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

          The ONLY thing I am not happy with is that these cameras go OUT OF FOCUS every now and then IN auto mode...It happens outside OR inside and for no reason at all. They WILL go out of focus in a room with crazy lighting, so don't expect to have something good. The FS100's are far better than these 4th generations. SO I am now unhappy when using 4 of these and while editing have no shot to use at all...

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          5.0

          This product is very useful

          By DA

          from Brooklyn, NY

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

            I use this product in a more simple setting. It's easy to use and operate. I would recomend it to anyone looking for a simple camcorder.

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            5.0

            i will by this product again

            By armen

            from canada - montreal

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Zoom range/performance

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Travel

              Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

              very simpel to use it

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              • No

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              5.0

              Canon.... the greatest!

              By Tami

              from Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin

              About Me Casual User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Zoom

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • HD Shooting
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Movies/Short Films
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red):

              Easy to use and small conpact is great!

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              • No

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              3.0

              Beware: Proprietary files for editing

              By Tim

              from Fort Wayne, IN

              About Me Pro Videographer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                    We bought a number of these so students could use them in the classroom for very simple work... nothing extensive. Nice picture, decent sound for an on-camera mic. But the Canon (as do some other camcorders) records to a .MOD file which was impossible to import into Windows MovieMaker. Went online to search for a solution, and tried changing the .MOD file extension to an .MPG. Still didn't work. I can convert the file running it through another program, but that's another step students have to go through in an already short class period.

                    Just wish manufacturers (especially in these consumer-grade camcorders) would find a standard and stick with it, whether it be .mpg, .avi, .mov, etc.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    WOW FACTOR for the Canon FS400 Camcordr

                    By SynchrobelleSwimmer

                    from Palm Harbor, Florida

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Superb Weight For Holding

                    Cons

                    • Use Or Get Used To
                    • Zoom Was A Little Hard To

                    Best Uses

                    • Filming Swim Practices
                    • Home Movies
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                    Well - we just got it and are already using it for exactly what we wanted - taping our synchronized swimming group practice and then, going inside the clubhouse and immediately watching the videos to see exactly how everything looks from the deck. And I was able to shoot these videos and do the playback on a TV the VERY FIRST DAY that I took the camera out. Now I am no "techno geek" and I did read the manual. But to be able to do this job on the first day was really a breeze. We are very, very pleased with the purchase of this camera to record our practices and use for teaching and demo purposes. Additionally - the size and weight of this Camcorder is just amazing and perfect for the size of anyone's hand. Again, what amazing technology it incorporates for the average consumer.

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                    4.0

                    Great camera for family fun!

                    By steveywonder

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to travel with
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality
                    • Great Sound
                    • Zoom range/performance

                    Cons

                    • Not Compatible With Macs

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Movies
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Travel

                    Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red):

                    I use this camera to film my baby boy and document how he grows and interacts. It is very portable and very easy to use. We can whip it out and get it recording in a flash which is great for when our baby does spur of the moment things that we want to capture on film. It is so simple to operate. It is also lightweight so we can take it everywhere with us as it fits nicely in the diaper bag. My only complaint is that it is not compatible with an Apple computer. I believe this is Apple's own doing/problems and not the camera's but that would have been a nice heads up before we bought it. We live far from family and we were hoping to share the videos with them, but because of the incompatibility we are having difficulty doing so.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    novice

                    By Karen

                    from Eureka, CA

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Movies

                        Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red):

                        Ordered this camcorder after research in Consumers Report, wanted to use it for a specific family project. We have completed the recording, will now figure out editing, etc. It's been easy to use so far, and the price was right.

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                        4.0

                        Well worth the $$$.

                        By mnshutterbug

                        from Marshall, MN

                        About Me Casual User

                        Pros

                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                        • Poor Still Image

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife

                        Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red):

                        I got this camera from BH about 3 weeks ago and have been having a ton of fun with it. I'm surprised at the quality. Yesterday I hooked it up to my 52" TV and the video was amazing. I appreciate that it has a lot of manual overrides such as exposure compensation. Once you get used to it, it comes in very handy, especially when something is back lit. Generic batteries can be found for under $ and wall chargers for even less. I do admit that it's tough to hold the camera steady when holding it out away from your body. I would prefer an eye level viewfinder like on my DSLR. Focus can be a bit slow at times, but I bought it for birds and other wildlife so am always using it at a pretty high magnification, which makes it a real challenge for hand holding. That's where a monopod or tripod comes in handy. I normally sit on my adirondack chair in my back yard and steady everything on the chair's arm rest. The photo part is pretty lacking, but I have my Canon DSLR's for the serious stuff. You can see some youtube samples from this camcorder by searching for channel for mnshutterbug. I try to keep all my videos less than 60 seconds. These were all done at the medium resolution setting.

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                        5.0

                        Great Camera!

                        By Cindy

                        from Ohio

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Zoom range/performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • HD Shooting

                          Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                          This camera is what we have chosen to use for recording our testing process in our lab. We are performing strength and durability tests on automotive parts and take both video and still pictures which are clear and exactly what we need. We actually have purchase 3 of this same model for videoing from different angles during a test. Highly recommend!

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good, solid camera

                          By Film Teacher

                          from Park City, UT

                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                          • No External Mic Input
                          • Poor In Low Light

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Movies
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel

                          Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                          I purchased these for my student filmmakers. They are easy to use, hold their charge throughout the day and then some, and have enough features for inquisitive students who want more creative camera features.

                          One thing that's not so great is that the mic picks up any wind when filming outside. It's not a surprise given that this is a simple consumer camera, but I have to remind my students to consider that when counting on vocal audio outdoors.

                          I did have one camera glitch on us. The auto focus stopped working and the view finder was constantly blurry. I had purchased the extra warranty, and did send it back; but I think it disappeared into the abyss - I need to track it down. Otherwise, the rest of the cameras have been fine.

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                          5.0

                          NOT QUITE HD READY?

                          By Joyce

                          from Cleveland, Ohio

                          About Me Casual User

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact and lightweight
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • Good in Low Light
                          • Great Picture Quality
                          • Great Sound
                          • Great value
                          • Great Zoom
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Zoom range/performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Movies
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Red):

                            this is the perfect camcorder for those not quite ready for the HD world which requires compatible computers and televisions that i did not want to upgrade to at this time. it's lightweight, compact, easy to use and takes amazing video. great value and cool (red) color too! i had a canon ZR60 for 10 years and really wanted to stick with the brand because of it's dependability, trustworthiness and support. i would highly recommend this product .

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                            4.0

                            Perfect for our needs

                            By Bon the bride

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Casual User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Zoom
                            • Large Clear LCD

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                              We bought this camera to use to film our wedding! We didn't want a super expensive fabulous camera, just something fun and easy to use that could record the event.

                              Pros: The auto-focus works great. It's easy to hold and use. The price is right!

                              Cons: Picks up a good amount of background noise

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                              4.0

                              great first camera for anyone

                              By video mike

                              from western massachusetts

                              About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • No External Mic Input
                              • Poor In Low Light

                              Best Uses

                              • Concerts
                              • Documentaries
                              • Home Movies
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Music Videos
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                              use for anything you want to capture.
                              simple use and you can get some good video taken in mostly any situation.
                              not as great as a HD camera, but you can film way more hours.at 2000X digital you can capture the moon, so you don't need a telescope anymore.

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                              • No
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                              • Canon Vixia HF R300

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                              4.0

                              decent, what happened 2 earphone option?

                              By Rich COMEDIAN

                              from New York City / Jersey City

                              About Me Video Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use

                              Cons

                              • No earphone plug

                              Best Uses

                              • Basic footage

                              Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                              i use the fs400 to record appearances at random comedy clubs and venues with inconsistent/ poor lighting situations, usually its a decent job of recording sound, though AWB is not so great w the range of lighting on random stages, its great for getting material recorded to just review and rewrite, for better video quality, it takes a bit more time to finesse and such, but worth it for the price.
                              i owned the fs200 until the joystick broke.. this updated model no longer has plug to listen on earphones, a key reason i bought the previous model, i cna stick an earphone in, but only halfway to listed in left ear, no way to adjust setting to make it work like the fs200, stil its a decent camera i had the fs200 for 2-3 years til joystick broke -beware, keep it protected at all times, once that goes, its toast, cant get to much other navigation.
                              i did not want an HD camera since if im shooting basic footage just to review and rewrite jokes/material, did not seem wise to use HD camera to gobble up all the GB on the flash

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                              5.0

                              perfect flexible video solution!

                              By science guy

                              from Amherst, MA

                              About Me Casual User

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                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good in Low Light

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                                  Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                                  needed a camera for a surveillance type set-up in a laboratory setting and also a camera to bring on the road for recording off-site. This camera allowed me to kill two birds with one stone. It's A LOT smaller than I thought it would be and it functions very well as a wall mounted camera, and it's very travel friendly for bringing off-site. I bought two!

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                                  3.0

                                  school choice

                                  By cathy

                                  from flushing, ny

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Zoom range/performance

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                                      Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                                      In the classroom, easy to use

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome little DV recorder!

                                      By Thomas H.

                                      from Norfolk, VA

                                      About Me Casual User

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • Great Picture Quality

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                                          Comments about FS400 Flash Memory Camcorder (Silver):

                                          I bought this to use to record homes for review later as we were house hunting. It was light weight and easy to use. Nice battery life and we bought a larger SD Card so it holds plenty of video. I now use it to play around and make clips for the family as well.

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