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SP or Standard Play is the slowest recording speed option on camcorders. The other faster speeds being LP (Long Play) and EP (Extended Play). Even though you will store less video per tape using SP speed, it will be of a higher quality and more fault tolerant (resistant to video and audio dropouts) than LP or EP.

The best camcorders with SP recording speed though also come with the other recording speed options like LP or EP so that you can shoot at a faster speed in case you don’t have a lot of tape left.

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Canon Vixia HF G10

Canon Vixia HF G10  32 GB  Flash Media  Hard Drive Camcorder


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Release Date
Feb 2011
Jan 2012
Apr 2011
Jan 2012
Feb 2012
Recording Speed
SP, LP, XP+, MXP, FXP
LP, SP, XP+, FXP, MXP
SP, XP, EP
MXP, FXP, XP+, SP, LP
EP, SP, SSW, SEW, UXP, XP
HDD Size
32.0 GB
8.0 GB
64.0 GB
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
32.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, AVCHD
Flash Media
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
2.07 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Flash Media
High Definition
Flash Media
AVCHD
Use
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video
Video

built-in optical viewfinder and solid build quality

Fantastic low light performance

Very expensive.

Solid image stabilization

You need to add in the cost of memory cards to your total package price.