Excerpt: There are high definition camcorders and there are HIGH DEFINITION camcorders. The difference? The former thinks it's done its bit simply by shooting at HD resolution, without giving the sharpness level and the overall picture quality that should come with it. The latter, on the other hand, is the real deal – high resolution, high detail… and high definition. The Canon HG10 belongs to the latter category.
Summary: The HG10 provides great video quality and a set of excellent features. But it has a few issues that let the side down and certainly, you should get your hand on one of these to try before you buy after all, stubby fingers might not be an issue for you!
Pros: Compact size, Video quality, Price, Fast AF system, Easy to use.
Cons: Fiddly four-way jog button on LCD, Some handling foibles, Audio issues, Small EVF, Lacks manual focus control.
Excerpt: This model was reviewed as part of our group test of HD camcorders . At first glance, the HG10 might look rather out-of-place in this line-up. Costing a fraction of any other model in our group test, the HG10 looks like a purely consumer-oriented model. But it has several features that could make it suitable if your HD video-production needs are modest and occasional.
Pros: Low cost. Professional features. Small. Light. Impressive video quality for price.
Cons: Noticeable compression artefacts. Poor support from Adobe’s applications.
Conclusion: A classy, friendly introduction to High Definition movie-making that will have you smiling as you shoot. There’s nothing here to bewilder debut directors and while more experienced cinematographers might bemoan the lack of the fiddliest of tweaks, the HG10 still has a choice of exposure and focus modes, scene settings and great low light performance. Recommended.
Pros: Canon’s most affordable Full HD (1080) camcorder is a beauty. The 10x zoom lens is optically stabilised to keep its pin-sharp movies even sharper in low light and the logical menus are easily navigated. A built-in 40GB hard drive can shoot up to 15 hours of HD video, and films have a natural clarity to them that looks stunning when played back on a High Def telly. The camera flash and video light a welcome find at this price.
Cons: There’s little to complain about, although the HG10’s 505g weight is enough to get tiring after carrying it around all day. The electronic viewfinder is too small to be of much use – stick to the 2.7-inch LCD for framing and your eyes will thank you.
Summary: This camcorder is one of the latest versions that record to an internal hard drive, thus increasing the capacity vastly over other storage methods. It can of course also record still images onto an SD card.