Excerpt: If you’re thinking hi-def (and how could you not be?), the HF10 merits serious cogitation. Compact and quick-focusing, it produces AVCHD 1920 x 1080 video with effective stability and awesome crispness.
Pros: Dual-positioned controls on body and LCD are perfect for all shooting situations. With four zoom speeds (one of them variable), wide-angle and telephoto buttons on the superbright and sharp LCD provide excellent modulation.
Cons: Recording time on standard battery is pretty much a disappointment. Gawky toggle on the camcorder body makes zooming in and out a drag.
Summary: Hard drive camcorders may pack oodles of recording space but their unsightly storage bulges make for gadget disharmony. Enter the Canon HF10, which opts instead for tiny flash memory to keep its HD footage safe, coincidentally making it one of the most pocketable camcorders around.