Excerpt: Many camcorders that you might know of use tape, usually the MiniDV standard. Within the last few years, camcorders using hard drives or flash memory have been popping up. Canon has been a pioneer in this area, and today we’re taking a look at one of their latest flagship flash models, the VIXIA HF...
Excerpt: Pure Digital’s Flip has proven that it’s possible to build a super-small flash memory camcorder and offer it up for fewer than two hundred bucks. But there are tradeoffs with going small and cheap, like optics and battery life.
Pros: Improved audio quality. Big, bright lens. Speedy processor. Lots of creative control options. More intuitive menus than previous generation Canon camcorders.
Cons: Loose lens cover noisier than cutlery caught in a garbage disposal. Still images cam come off looking a bit overexposed.
Conclusion: The HF S10 is an excellent camcorder, even though it’s not tiny, cute, or $500. It’s substantial, and expensive, but the quality is outstanding. Given the results we’re especially looking forward to testing the new AVCHD Sony HDR-XV500, with its 120GB hard drive, 6.3MP CMOS sensor, built-in GPS,...
Excerpt: When it comes to producing easy-to-use camcorders that deliver on picture quality, Canon has an enviable track record – and the HF S10 is no exception. Everything about it screams quality, from its fit, finish and comfortably weighty feel, down to the components inside.
Pros: Excellent picture quality even in low light; good range of features; easy to use for novices and enthusiasts alike.
Cons: Poor microphone placement; no 5.1-channel surround option; no optical viewfinder; control dial is fiddly.
A high-definition Canon camcorder with an 8-megapixel CMOS sensor
Good Gear Guide.au
23 October 2009
Summary: The Canon Legria HF S10 is one of those rare camcorders that will please all types of user. It combines beginner-friendly features with in-depth manual controls and produces unmatched video quality to boot. Unfortunately, it's also prohibitively expensive.
Pros: Excellent Full HD video quality, huge array of manual features, quick and responsive control dial
Conclusion: One nagging problem is the ease with which even the slightest amount of wind noise can affect the recorded sound quality. Given that the two microphones are positioned either side of the lens barrel and, therefore, facing sideways, they’re prone to pick up lateral wind noise which was recorded too...
Summary: The big trends in hi-def camcorders right now are incredibly compact bodies and low, low prices. Canon’s LEGRIA HF S10 has neither of those things, choosing instead to offer the triple whammy of Full HD video, complete creative control via manual modes and, thanks to 32GB storage and an SD slot, the...