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|Expanded Product Features|
|Expanded Product Features|
|UPC||021331347619, 0705105160719, 4960999637143|
|Storage Type||Removable (Card/Disc/Tape)|
|Media Format||Flash card|
|Optical Sensor Qty||1|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Focal Length Range||6.4mm - 64mm|
|Focus Adjustment||Automatic, Manual|
|Lens Filter Size||58 mm|
|Lens System Features||Built-in lens shield|
|Lens Construction||9 group(s) / 11 element(s)|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 sec|
|Min Illumination||0.3 lux|
|Min Shutter Speed||1/6 sec|
|Exposure Modes||Aperture-Priority, Automatic, Manual, Program, Shutter-Priority|
|Flash Type||Pop-up Flash|
|Camera Flash Features||AF Illuminator|
|Flash Modes||Auto Mode, Fill-in Mode, OFF mode, Red-eye Reduction|
|Memory / Storage|
|Supported Flash Memory||SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card|
|Screen Details||LCD display - TFT active matrix - 2.7" - color|
|Microphone Type||Microphone - built-in - electret condenser - stereo|
|Microphone Operation Mode||Stereo|
|Connector Types||1 x HDMI, 1 x USB, 1 x component video output, 1 x composite video/audio output, 1 x headphones, 1 x microphone|
|Expansion Slot||1 x SD Memory Card|
|Battery Form Factor||Manufacturer specific|
|Battery Manufacturer||Canon BP-807|
|Effective Still Resolution||8.0 MP|
|Effective Video Resolution||6.0 MP|
|Digital Video Format||AVCHD, MPEG-4|
|Still Image Format||JPEG|
|Additional Features||25p Cinema Mode, Brightness Control, Built-In Speaker, Contrast Control, Digital Tele-Converter, Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) Recording, Exif Print Support, Histogram Display, PictBridge Support, RGB Primary Color Filter, Saturation Control, Sharpness Control, Takes Photos While Movie Recording, USB 2.0 Compatibility, accessories hot shoe, face detection, progressive scanning|
|High Definition Video Support||1080p|
|Widescreen Video Capture||Yes|
|Shooting Modes||Digital Photo Mode|
Average review score based on 23 user reviews
Overall I wanted the highest possible production value for a budget. With that said this camera delivers in spades. There are many manual controls and a beefy 24 mbps AVCHD codec, reaching the pinnacle of AVCHD.
The images look creamy good.
As someone wanting a film like feel, I am very impressed with Cine Mode and the image that the camera captures. I do wish it had a larger sensor, which permits a more shallow depth of field. This camera does come in with a very fast lens at f/1.8 at full wide angle (43mm equivalent in 35mm film terms), and only diminishing to f/3.0 at telephoto. 43mm equivalent at the wide end of things incidentally gives a 100% "normal" perspective spatially. I am pleased with the result and what you seen on screen is basically as your eye sees it. Canon also has a high definition 0.7x wide angle adapter available that brings you to about 30mm (in 35mm film equivalent terms) and would be useful for indoor shooting.
There are a lot of manual controls and options available, including zebras, color bars, audio attenuation, aperture priority, shutter priority, frame rate (24p, 30p, and 60i), headphone monitoring, hdmi uncompressed output, adjustable exposure and exposure lock, etc. If you are an independent filmmaker with some creativity and who is resourceful you can do wonders with this camera. Make no mistake.
After a while using the camera, I do have a wish list. I wish that the cameras exposure options were expressed in more traditional (i.e. professional) parameters. I want to see adjustable ISO and full manual control as a choice, not just nice options that you can work with when you understanding the limitations. There is no ISO listing (typical in a consumer camcorder) just the option to pushing exposure up or down. Another example, I wish that I could control aperture and shutter speed simultaneously (instead of one or the other), and ISO. And finally, I don't want to have to leave cine mode to even get to aperture or shutter priority modes. That sucks, and I feel all of the above mentioned issues are "marketing choices" so as not to infringe on sales of higher end camcorders and could be relatively easily overcome.
Additionally I do have the wish that the 24p and 30p frame rates were not stored in a 60i wrapper. Final Cut Pro Studio 2 cannot import the 24p properly as of this date, and needs a reverse-telecine conversion applied after log and transfer through Compressor. 30P and 60i import just fine. If you are reading this and don't know what that means, don't worry, you probably won't ever be using these tools. I honestly don't know how the software is that Canon provides, but I strongly suggest you Google this model camera and see what editing options work for people. You will need a modern computer no less than 2-3 years old to edit (or even view) the motion picture created by this camera at full quality. You will also need a lot of hard drive space and backup space. These are things to keep in mind.
The provided battery also sucks, so look at forking out an extra $150 bucks for an external charger and double capacity battery (if you go for Canon brand name).
In any case, for a "prosumer" camera I think that you'd be really hard pressed to find anything better for the price. I bought it after extensive looking. I also feel it is important to mention that low light performance was impressive for it's size.
This was all true to the best of my knowledge as of 05/08/09. Thanks
One of the best flash-based consumer camcorders in it's class.
The video and still picture quality of this 8 mega-pixel camcorder are impressive. Colors appear true-to-life and the photos are sharp and clear. The camera responds to light well and the manual adjustments are handy when filming night scenes or when in very bright light. The external stereo microphone jack is also a plus. The 10X optical zoom is sufficient for capturing most events.
Pros: Excellent picture and video quality, light weight, easy to use once you are familiar with all it's features and settings. Plenty of programming options. The LCD display is clear and brite and the external mic jack is a plus. Image stabilization works well. The Canon 58mm optics are excellent!
Cons: The cameras firmware doesn't allow for the newer Class 10 SDHC cards so you'll have to purchase the 20mb/s Class 4 or Class 6 if you want to shoot HD video at full 1080. No built-in memory like the HF S10 model. Built in microphones are sensitive to user vibrations. The advanced mini-hotshoe requires an adapter if you wish to use your older flash units or shotgun microphone. The OEM battery shipped with this unit is good for about 65 minutes runtime.
I first tested this camcorder during our vacation in Costa Rica and was extremely pleased with the results. I have since purchased an extended battery, UV filters, wireless mics, a wide-angle lense and lense hood.
Note: As with any camera, using a tripod is highly recommended.
Many companies turn out SD-based camcorders in compact designs, simply because the flash-based technologies allow for much smaller models than those based on tape, hard disks, and mini DVDs. While Canon continues to offer compact AVCHD models, the Vixia HF20 and the HF200, the company's branching out with slightly more "pro" prosumer offerings in the Vixia HF S100 and the Vixia HF S10.
These two models, which record 1,920x1,080 60i video, feature a larger, faster f1.8 10x HD lens and a relatively large, high-resolution 1/2.6-inch 8-megapixel CMOS sensor, along with higher-end capabilities, such as SMPTE color bars, the ability to manually boost gain up to 18dB, fixed 70 and 100 IRE zebra stripes, and a user-assignable button/control dial combo. They differ only by internal memory: the HF S100 has none, while the HF S10 has 32GB.
Though it weighs a bit over a pound, the camcorder feels kind of light for its 2.8-inch-by-2.7-inch-by-5.4-inch dimensions. Still, it's no featherweight, and while I fit it into a loose jacket pocket it's not very compact. With only a few exceptions, the camcorder has a nice, functional design, with intelligently laid out controls and a streamlined user interface. The larger size makes it a bit more comfortable to hold and operate as well.
Looking at the camcorder head-on, one of the first things you notice is the odd built-in lens cover that uses a closing-eye type rather than aperture-blade type of design we usually see. It wouldn't be notable except that when closed, the two plastic pieces tend to rattle against each other; since the camcorder is off it's not a problem, just a minor irritation. Instead of putting the video light in the typical location on the side of the lens, Canon put it on the pop-up flash. The stereo mics sit on either side of the lens barrel. While they may be more susceptible to wind noise in that location (though I didn't have any problems), it allows for larger mics with better separation than the typical positioning above or below the lens. If that's not adequate, you can attach a mic via the mini accessory shoe on top of the camcorder. There's a 3.5mm mic input on the grip side of the unit, and the other connectors--USB, component, and miniHDMI--sit in a covered compartment underneath the strap. The strap does get in the way a little when you're hooking stuff up.
To one side of the lens Canon placed a new Custom dial, which looks, feels, and operates similarly to the control dial on Sony's prosumer models. You press the button to enable it, then use the dial to adjust whatever setting you've programmed it for--choices are exposure, focus, assist functions (70/100 IRE Zebra and peaking), mic level, and automatic gain control limit (0 to 18dB). I like it in the Sonys and here as well; it's a comfortable interface for adjusting options like exposure and focus, though I'm not fond of it for cycling through the Zebra and peaking options.
As usual, the zoom switch and photo button lie on top of the camcorder beneath your forefinger, with the mode dial right behind where an eye-level viewfinder should be; one of the biggest drawbacks of this model, geared toward enthusiasts, is the lack of an EVF. The power connector and 3.5mm headphone jack flank the mode button. One of the two record buttons lies under your thumb on the back. To the left of the zoom switch is the small, recessed power button which is a little to difficult to manipulate.
This is by far the best Camcorder I have ever owned, Its a little on the pricey side but fortunately you do get what you pay for. I haven't been through all the settings yet, I'm still getting used to it but the footage i have taken is Super Clean and it has very good contrast plus the manual focus is Excellent, I can focus on extremely close objects, very good MACRO.
The Battery life is not too good you would be better off with a bigger one plus it doesn't have a view finder but I never use one anyway so all in all it is a Great Camera.
Its Full HD. I dont know what it means cos i have never used a full ID electronic equipment before. I am still exploring the feature. Clarity is amazing. I was able to show my GF how ugly she was (kidding) but the details are just unbelievable. MIC is good, IS is also good except you see lot of noise in low light. That is the only con i have seen so far. Zoom is ok as 10x doesn't suffice my requirements, i'd say better wait for the 20x+ optical zoom to hit the market (assuming next model). People who are fond of manual features will absolutely fall in love with this one since there are so many manual controls.
I would again like to say 8mp is amazing for pics and 6mp does wonders for your video. My first test would be on 24th july when i go to see AC Milan play Chelsea in Baltimore =)