Received the camera on Tuesday. Charged the battery and read about the camera. Took it out for first shoot on Wednesday. Shot a total of 17 minutes. Thursday I transferred the AVI to my PC and when I was finished, I tried to close the rubber flap that covers the firewire connection and it will not stay closed. I can not see any latching mechanism in this design. I am calling B and H later this morning to discuss this and return the camcorder if they don't have a solution. I am really disappointed that the Canon design team did not build a better enclosure tab for the camera. I am new to digital video so not in a position to comment on the features and overall quality other than to say that on the LCD the camera is very steady hand held. I shot the footage from a tri pod.
I have Pinnacle Studio 10 and have not tried to edit the footage but will give that a try later today...if I find time.