Summary: We can't argue with the Canon HF100E's build quality or the resulting images and we like the bright LCD that makes it easier to see what you are shooting in bright outdoor conditions. The cinema mode and digital effects impress us too. We wish Canon hadn't gone for a proprietary accessory shoe, though, and we missed having a focus ring and electronic viewfinder.
Excerpt: The Canon HF100 is an HD camcorder that features a large 1/3.3 CMOS sensor, 3.3 megapixels, four recording modes and image stabilisation that utilises Canon’s Super Range Optical system. It doesn’t have Flash memory, but do we hold that against it?
Pros: The Canon HF100 is brimming with features, including the ability to capture glorious footage in full HD. That’s right, the maximum 1920×1080, making this one of the best mid-sized camcorders on the market. Capture some video and your eyes will marvel at the visual rainbow. Like an American diner in a milk shortage, shake is non-existant, thanks largely to the Super Range optical stabilizer. Plus the 2.7-inch screen is sharper than that razor your dad uses to trim his ...
Cons: Not too much to moan about here: the manual focus is tricky to use. Also, there’s no slow-motion shooting mode. That’s it. Nothing more to see. Move along now…
Canon's flash-based high-definition camcorder has lots of manual features
Good Gear Guide.au
6 March 2009
Summary: The HF100 is one of the best camcorders in its price range. Offering exceptionally sharp video and an extensive array of manual features, it will suit amateurs and enthusiasts both. However, sticklers for value should pick up the 32-gigabyte HF11 version instead.
Pros: Stunning high-definition video resolution, unsurpassed image clarity and colour, comes packed with manual features
Cons: No inbuilt memory, no memory card in sales package, drab design
Conclusion: At its highest 17Mbps quality setting, the clips recorded with the HF100 are absolutely superb when played back not only on a HDTV display via HDMI but even when displayed using the supplied AV connectors on a 28″ Widescreen CRT monitor, too. Its Dolby Digital 2-channel (AC-3 2ch) sound quality is also very good indeed, with clarity and stereo separation being well up to expectations from such a product.
Conclusion: Mehr Bildqualität und Einstellmöglichkeiten bietet in dieser Preisklasse momentan kein Konkurrent. Allerdings muss man Abstriche bei der Bedienung, Weitwinkelund besonders beim Fokussieren machen.
Pros: Bestes Bild reizt FullHD praktisch völlig aus, Viele Einstellmöglichkeiten
Cons: Bedienung frickelig, zu wenig Weitwinkel, Kein Zebra, Manueller Fokus sehr schlecht gelöst