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Canon VIXIA HF S10
Canon VIXIA HF10
Canon XH A1
Canon VIXIA HV30
Canon HV20 HDV
Canon VIXIA HF S10 32GB Flash Drive HD Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF10 (16 GB) HDV Camcorder
Canon XH A1 Mini DV Digital Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HV30 Mini DV Camcorder
Canon HV20 HDV Digital Camcorder
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Release Date
Apr 2009
Mar 2008
Oct 2006
Jan 2008
Mar 2007
Recording Format
High Definition, DV, Flash Media, HDV, Micro MV
HDV
Mini DV, HDV
Mini DV, DV, HDV
High Definition, HDV
HDD Size
32.0 GB
16.0 GB
40.0 GB
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
12.0 x
20.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
1.0
0.0
3.0
0.0
Memory Still Resolution
8.59 MegaPixels
3.1 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
3.15 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels

  • An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy.

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    - The huge 8.5-megapixel CMOS only sweetens the deal.
    - The Canon HF S10 is perhaps the most exciting camcorder to appear here at the Consumer Electronics Show, at least on the upper-end of the market.
    - As mentioned above, the lens barrel on the front is overwhelming large, which is probably a clever trick from Canon's designers.

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    - LCD should be better.


  • Canon's first flash-based camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF10, delivers excellent HD video quality and performance in a tiny package.

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    - The Component-out terminal resides next to the card door, shielded by a rigid plastic square that pulls out.
    - This midnight-black piece of AVCHD artillery is flashy and compact, yet with well-equipped controls.
    - Canon was wise with its microphone placement on a camcorder this small.
    - The hand strap is anchored to the body of the camcorder via two burly metal d-rings that can take a healthy walloping.

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    - Menu system is not intuitive.


  • Canon's XH A1 and XH G1 are excellent camcorders for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what they offer.

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    - With the three 1/3" (1440 x 1080 pixels) CCDs, the image quality is very pleasing.
    - Properly lit scenes look brilliant in playback.


  • Canon's XH A1 is an excellent camcorder for entry-level professionals and independent filmmakers, with hard-to-beat prices for what it offers.

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    - Focus performance in low light is just OK.
    - Shooting with the HV30 feels easy and natural.

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    - Though even sitting flush with the back end, the battery is millimeters away from the viewfinder, which is an unfortunate design flaw.
    - The port cover is burly, but hard to snap back into place.
    - The built-in stereo microphone is mounted toward the lens end of the camcorder, evading hand interference, thanks to the voluminous tape hatch.
    - The left side of the HV30's looks sleek.

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    - In our review, we found that the vertical design brought with it some irksome ergonomic issues.
    - Since it's a single-chip design (as opposed to three-chip), low-light performance isn't amazing.
    - Can't change white balance while shooting.
    - Canon's horizontal design solves certain problems, but also made for a larger camcorder.
    - Our footage was quite sharp, colors showed plenty of saturation, and we saw surprisingly little noise, especially in good lighting conditions.

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    - Vexation runs rampant while trying to focus the HV20, and owners of the HC7 will be able to empathize.
    - Over time, the lens cover could become one of the camcorder's first casualties, so be nice to it.
    - If you use a wide or telephoto lens, make sure the AF mode is set to normal AF, as the instant AF sensor will be obstructed.
    - The HC7's port enclosures are stronger.
    - The HC7's viewfinder is wide, retractable, and has a rubberized ring.

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    - The HV20 is easy to operate, with convenient hand controls for focus, zoom, exposure and back light correction, and a nice little video light.
    - Extensive testing in various lighting conditions shows us that the HV20 really is a Goliath in a world of David-sized camcorders.