Standard accessory shoe
We're still only in March and 2009 is already turning out to be a bumper year for camcorders - credit crunch be damned. Canon knew it had to pull out all the stops with the successor to last year's HF10 and HF11, and in terms of features and quality it has. We still prefer Panasonic's lens ring to Canon's wheel when focusing, and the HDC-HS300's use of a standard accessory shoe leaves your peripheral options open.
The Holy Grail for camcorder owners is one device that takes great high-def video and outstanding stills, all in a compact package. Like Indiana Jones, the Knights Templar and Don Quixote, we've been on this seemingly fruitless quest for years. A few come close, but none ever took the ultimate prize.
Most of the frenzied camcorder hype seemed to be centered around the Canon Vixia HF S10 this year at CES. Could the HF S10 leap from building to building while solving world peace? We're here to tell you that Canon has made one prodigious stride with the introduction of this AVCHD monster, but we feel that the company sacrificed a lot of prosumer potential for the sake of the consumer crowd. That's not to say the HF S10 is destined for rich dads and soccer moms.
The HF10 is one of the more solid Canon camcorders
The Canon Vixia HF10 is the first Canon camcorder to catch the wave of the future with recording to flash media. There are several benefits to flash media, including the speed, not worrying about damaging it with a drop, and the ease of popping out a memory card and transferring your clips to other devices. Also, the on-camera playback mode is mush faster and the battery time is increased. We're happy to see that Canon isnÃ¢Â? Â?
Healthy range of manual controls
Without a doubt, the HF10 is the best AVCHD camcorder yet produced by any manufacturer. It's not perfect in every respect, but it ticks more than enough boxes to be highly desirable as a serious video tool or point-and-shoot camcorder companion. With its excellent image quality, healthy range of manual controls, small size and keen price, the Canon HF10 is the high definition camcorder we have all been waiting for.
very good camcorder
The HF10's impressive video quality and ease of use add up to a very good camcorder, especially given its size. If size is a consideration for you, the HF10 is the right tapeless camcorder; if size doesn'Â?t matter, another good choice is Sony's HDR-SR11. It's also important to point out that Sony and Canon are excellent examples of manufacturers that make tapeless camcorders that are Mac friendly. Ideally, other camcorder manufacturers will follow their lead.
Takes beautiful 1920 x 1080i video outdoors
I really liked using the HF10, once getting the hang of the menu system. Focusing was fast and crisp, ergonomics are terrific and it did an excellent job handling scenes taken outdoors. Unfortunately, like the JVC, it made wind sound like the exhaust of a jet engine, even with the noise reduction engaged. And this camcorder wasnâ??t as good in available light as the JVC, a recent Editorâ??s Choice pick. Good, not great is the bottom line for this one.
The microphone input socket and combined (switchable) AV and headphone output socket will be welcomed by many - especially those with more serious video making uses in mind
Fantastic piece of kit that newbies and upgraders will both like - the ability to shoot and share both HDV and DV in such great quality coupled with excellent value for money makes this a winner.
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