Canon has always made top-shelf stuff for the consumer market, but you don’t usually see Canon cameras on professional shoots. A few months back, Wired wrote a review about the Canon Vixia HF S10 that caught my eye. Wired is usually as reliable as it gets with tech reviews. I recently shot with one as a B camera (the A cam was a very expensive Sony EX1 — the Canon runs for about a grand). Was just editing some of the footage, and much of what the Canon did was indistinguishable from the EX1. It is totally acceptable as a B Cam. Like any consumer gear, it has its limits (battery being a big one), but it works surprisingly well. Also takes really good stills.