Canon HF10 VIXIA 3.3 MP HD Digital Camcorder: Afforadable Luxury
Personal Electronics buzz
11 August 2009
Excerpt: My eye has been on the Canon HF10 for months. I 've read everything there is about it and driven my local Best Buy sales people nuts trying it out. My biggest problem was the cool $1,000 price tag. I just found out Best Buy is selling it for $800 at the Black Friday Sale. I will be up before the crack of dawn and by tomorrow night, “Come Hell or High Water” it will be mine. I can't believe a full HD flash memory camcorder for $800. Here is why I am excited.
Summary: Canon in HD - No more tape? Not for Canon's new Vixia HF10. It records directly to a built-in Flash memory. As if that weren't enough, the HF10 also offers high-definition video recording at a 1920x1080 resolution. Right away, as I pull the sleek black camcorder out of the box...
Conclusion: 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 wasn’t as good in available light as the JVC, a recent Editor’s Choice pick. Good, not great is the bottom line for this one.
Pros: Takes beautiful HD video outdoors; good-looking still pictures; very light and compact
Cons: Poor battery life; menu system is not intuitive; mic doesn't block wind noise well
AVCHD camcorder records to Flash memory or SDHC card
Consumer Electronics Net
14 March 2008
Excerpt: The Canon HF10 ($1,099) is an ultra compact camcorder that captures HD video in the AVCHD H.264 video file format. What makes the camcorder unique is the dual storage capabilities built into the camera. It doesn't use video tape or DVD disc or a hard disk; rather, it captures video and still images either via the camcorder's built-in 16GB Flash memory, or via SDHC (Serial Digital High Capacity) memory cards. It is truly the future of video cameras in my opinion.
Excerpt: Canon’s HF10 is a high-definition camcorder with a 16GB internal flash drive, plus an SD card slot. In our testing, the HF10 shot impressive, brilliant video, up to par with its similar MiniDV counterpart, Canon’s HV30. The HF10 has its flaws and it’s certainly no fully pro-level camcorder, but it’s a fine choice for less demanding work, particularly if you’re eager to leave MiniDV tape behind.
Pros: Small, light an easy to use; good picture quality in well-lit and low-light conditions.