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: 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.
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.
Summary: A great all-round camera, the HG10 is streamlined towards delivering high quality video in ideal conditions. The lack of manual controls may frustrate advanced users, however most will find it to be an excellent camcorder.
Pros: Great image quality, easy to use, customisable recording qualities
Cons: Lack of manual controls, slightly lowered performance in low light settings
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.
Summary: Last year Canon wowed us with the HV20, a butt ugly 'corder that turned out stunning footage. Now it's back with the HG10, featuring the same beautiful-on-the-inside electronics but with a handy 40GB hard drive where the old tape deck used to be. It's also switched to AVCHD, which is fast becoming the format of choice for consumer HD cams now that user-friendly editing software has finally arrived on PCs and Macs.