Canon HF S100 reviews: Memory card storage HD camcorder

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This camcorder is a good all rounder.

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8.9 out of 10 based on 8 reviews.
Canon HF S100: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Video quality, ease of use, overall quality of build.
Bad points:
Microphone sensetive to wind noise and needs maual adjusting unless the air is very still.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 28 Aug 2009

Ted , London Experienced amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb picture quality and pretty decent sound quality. Haven't used the camcorder long enough to give a more detailed appraisal. But on the evidence thus far this Canon package is really very good!
Bad points:
As I haven't tested this camcorder for long enough I am not at the time of writing this appraisal in a position to comment on aspects of this camcorder's foibles!
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 23 Jul 2009

noel, halesowen

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
picture quality
Bad points:
optical stabiliser is not very good.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 6.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
amazing image quality, lots of manual functions, the light is very cool, well recommended
Bad points:
no viewfinder, bundled software is absolutely terrible and there is a lens cap rattle (which isn't that important)
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 18 Oct 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:

Fantastic quality images better than Panasonic
Intuative handling
Bad points:

Poor manual
Having to load computer with software before being able to use effectively
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 9.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 02 Jul 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality HD
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Memory card
Connections Wireless
Connections USB
Type of memory card SDHC
Type of memory card SD
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 380
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 42.9
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 514.8
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2008-04-22

Also known as: Canon HFS100, Legria HF S100, Legria HFS100, Canon LEGRIA HF S100, Canon LEGRIA

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Manufacturer's Description

The LEGRIA HF S100 records Full HD video to SDHC memory cards, ideal for sharing. A range of advanced features combine with an 8.0MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV III to deliver superior picture quality.

Canon HD Camera System
Superb HD images are delivered by a high resolution Canon HD Camera System: an 8.0MP Full HD CMOS sensor, a Canon HD Video Lens (58mm filter diameter) with 10x optical zoom and the DIGIC DV III processor.

Memory card recording
Record directly to high capacity SDHC memory cards – a 32GB card can store over 12 hours of HD movies at the most efficient setting. For maximum quality, shoot at 24Mbps. Cards are perfect for sharing.

Essential shooting features
Canon’s unique Instant AF system achieves incredibly accurate focus at speed. Super Range OIS combats almost all kinds of camera shake, keeping shots steady.

Advanced control
A Custom Key lets you activate one of five variables which can be assigned to the manual Control Dial, including focus, exposure, and audio level. Further advanced controls include AGC (Auto Gain Control) limits – usually only found on professional camcorders, this boosts or limits responsiveness when shooting in low light – Zebra patterns, Colour Peaking and Colour Bar/Test Tone output.

Great videos made easy
Video Snapshot limits each movie to 4 seconds – ideal for putting together in a playlist later. Play back your montage of video clips to a soundtrack of your choice. Face Detection Technology automatically optimises settings for perfect people shots, detecting up to 35 faces in a frame. Pre REC captures the 3 seconds of action before you press Record – so you never miss the shot.

Choose your colour
DIGIC DV III supports x.v.Color – for deeper, richer hues when movies are played back on compatible HD TVs. 25p Cinema Mode matches the look of traditional film, and provides enhanced low-light shooting.

Still shooting
A dedicated Photo mode allows users to capture high resolution still images, up to 8MP. In Dual Shot mode, 6MP stills can be shot during video recording. Photo Burst grabs 25 stills from a single second of recorded footage.

Better audio
Capture and monitor superior audio using the microphone and headphone jacks. Manual audio level control provides even more options.

Expandable system
Attach a range of optional peripherals to a mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, including a directional microphone and video light.

Easy-to-use PIXELA™ software is supplied for editing and sharing movies. With Canon’s DW-100 DVD Burner (available separately) burn DVDs at the touch of a button.

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