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The best Canon HD cameras are the ones which can shoot videos of 720p and 1080p resolution for you. Some of the best Canon HD cameras under the Powershot and EOS line of compact and DSLR cameras offer the HD video recording capability.

Canon digital cameras record in MP4 format which use MPEG-4-AVC/H.264 codec and have advantages like: higher compression rate than the MOV format, wide compatibility, easier sharing, reduced data size and thereby allowing more video storage.

Mini HDMI port on the Canon digital cameras makes them compatible for viewing on larger screens like flat panel TVs.

Features: Canon HD cameras support smooth and high-quality video capturing capability in Full HD (1920x1080), HD (1280x720) and VGA (640x480) resolutions with surround sound.
Some of the best Canon HD cameras feature a dedicated movie button to instantly capture the video.
The Face Detection feature is available in movie mode for retaining excellent focus of the faces in your clips.

Another innovative feature implemented by Canon for HD video recording is the Intelligent IS. Intelligent IS automatically corrects the videos captured in shaky situation by analyzing the cameras movement, thereby maintaining the quality of video smooth and steady by switching to one of the Intelligent IS modes.

The Intelligent IS modes include Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS. Dynamic mode is activated when you capture videos while walking, Powered mode for shooting with hand movement, Macro mode for close-up shooting, and finally selecting Tripod IS turns off all the image stabilization modes

Canon's Powershot digital cameras help you record videos with the performance of a DSLR and convenience of a compact point and shoot digital camera. Some of the Powershot point and shoot cameras from Canon offer great zooming levels along with the video capturing in selectable frame rates of 30 fps (frames per second) and 60 fps.

For this list of best Canon HD cameras, we have narrowed down our list to those cameras which support HD video recording in 1080p format, which also have been top rated by some of the best digital camera reviewers.

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Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera


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Canon PowerShot G16
Canon PowerShot S120
Canon EOS 70D
Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i)
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS
Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera
Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i) Digital Camera
Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera
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Release Date
Aug 2013
Aug 2013
Jun 2013
Jun 2013
Aug 2013
HD Recording Format
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p, 240p, 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p, 1920 x 1080 (60 or 30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p, 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (59.94
1080p (HDTV), 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (30, 25 fps)
720p (HDTV), 1080p (HDTV), 480p
Camera Type
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Compact
SLR/Professional, Mid-size SLR
SLR/Professional, Compact SLR
Standard Point and Shoot, Compact
Optical Zoom
5.0 x
5.0 x
7.5 x
30.0 x
Resolution
12.0 Megapixel
12.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
12.1 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS, BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
1.97 mm
1.97 mm
27.04 mm
26.81 mm
7.66 mm

  • While the Canon PowerShot G16 is better than the G15 and remains a nice enthusiast compact, its low-light photo quality disappoints for the money.


  • The Canon PowerShot G16 offers an impressive control layout and Wi-Fi, but its underwhelming optical viewfinder disappoints.


  • The price of the Canon PowerShot G16 is an eye-watering £529.00 / $549.99, which makes it more expensive than the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100/RX100 II with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the G16, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.


  • The Canon PowerShot S120 delivers impressive image quality in a compact package with Raw shooting capability, but it's not quite an Editors' Choice.


  • The price of the S120 is an eye-watering £449.00 / $449.99, up £20 in the UK, which puts it on a price-par with the class-leading Sony Cyber-shot RX100, itself bested by the RX100 Mark II, albeit at an even higher price-point. Despite the improvements, we still feel that the RX100 with its much larger sensor delivers even better results than the S120, making it our choice in the "pocketable compact camera for enthusiasts" sector of the market.


  • As it stands though the S120 can still be squeezed into most pockets which keeps it unique against most of its competition - indeed only the Lumix LF1 challenges it in this regard. And if it is a genuinely pocketable enthusiast-class compact you're after then you should be comparing the S120 very closely against the LF1 and also seeing what that extra 1cm of thickness gets you from the RX100 II.


  • An overall excellent camera, but one that fails to capture the best-in-class prize for image quality.


  • The Canon EOS 70D delivers the smoothest Live View focus we've seen in a traditional D-SLR, but it can struggle to lock that focus in dim light.


  • Indeed, until we see Dual-Pixel CMOS AF inevitably make its way across the EOS range, we'd recommend the new Canon EOS 70D as the APS-C camera to go for if you're currently considering a mid-range DSLR camera. It offers a winning blend of features, performance and image quality that is hard to beat, both by its EOS brothers and other manufacturers' offerings. The new EOS 70D marks a real step forward for both Canon and the venerable SLR camera.


  • The official launch price of the Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i has dropped slightly compared to the previous model's full RRP, perhaps its most attractive feature when compared directly against its predecessor, especially as the STM kit lens is a better partner, especially for shooting video.


  • The Canon EOS 700D is a very capable and versatile camera that produces high quality images. It has a comprehensive feature set and affords all the control expected by enthusiast photographers while providing automatic hand-holding options for less experienced users.
    It produces images that are of very similar quality to those from the Canon 650D, although our tests reveal that they are a little noisier.


  • The Canon EOS 700D / Rebel T5i is an upgrade to the 650D almost in name only, but still combines very good image quality with a comprehensive, well-designed touchscreen interface. AF performance in live view mode and video is an improvement over early Rebel DSLRs, but still lags behind mirrorless options.


  • The Wi-Fi-equipped Canon PowerShot SX510 HS is a perfectly capable long zoom camera with an affordable sticker price. Images are generally sharp, but show some noise.


  • In amongst all the good news, there are a couple of minor gripes. The chromatic aberration at either end of the zoom range takes the edge off its otherwise excellent image quality, especially as it's something that could be corrected digitally by a new image processor. And while it's nice to see an improvement in the previously mediocre continuous shooting performance, it's still hardly fast in that regard.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX510 HS packs all the features you'd typically expect to see in a bridge camera, but is much smaller than many of its competitors, even though it has built-in Wi-Fi. The reduction in the size of the camera means that the battery is small and therefore doesn't have a particularly long life. There are full manual controls but no RAW shooting, but the lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0cm, so you can get as close as you want to your subject for macro photography.


Top 5 canon hd camera:

  1. Canon PowerShot G16 Digital Camera
  2. Canon PowerShot S120 Digital Camera
  3. Canon EOS 70D 20.2 MP Digital SLR Camera
  4. Canon EOS 700D (EOS Rebel T5i) Digital Camera
  5. Canon PowerShot SX510 HS 12.1 MP CMOS Digital Camera