Updated on 2 August 2013 by

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 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
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
 4.1 stars
 4.2 stars