Canon HF10 reviews: Hard disk drive storage Full HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores very high on image quality. - It has no outstanding negative points.

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9.2 out of 10 based on 17 reviews.
Canon HF10: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description
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alan, nettlebed

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
easy to use straight out of the box. Fantastic image results.
Bad points:
built in mic is a little noisey in the wind. Battery life with included battery is a little short. The zoom switch is a little uncomfortable to use at first
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Sep 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
great image quality....low weight, relative ease of use for basic functions.
Bad points:
Small but can be uncomfortable to hold unless at 'eye height', but with no viewfinder there's no need to have it at eye height.

If only I could play back the files on my high-spec PC without the picture jerking; and that's after the file has been transferred to my hard drive.

Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 7.0
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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 26 Apr 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Image quality is excellent.
Bad points:
None so far
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 22 May 2008

Confirmed purchaser Avid Canon fan!!

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Almost everything is superb on this camcorder, the image is amazing, the zoom is more than adequate, in fact the digital zoom, which I've never liked to use on cameras before - usually too gainy, is incredible. It weighs next to nothing, easy to hold, easy menu functions, once familiar with, so much better than the fiddly Sony on-screen menus. The battery life and power management is excellent too. Nice touch to have the battery flush with the body, I stumped for 2 standard batteries, which is more than adequate and thus leaves the same non-protruding super looks. Oh and the onboard flash, no moving parts means less weight and power conumption. Truly Excellent!
Bad points:
Bad points! Well... Canon could have used the standard hot-shoe rather than bespoke, there are limited and expensive attachments for this. Mini HDMI is ok, but when are manufacturers going to include this cable? Any sort of bag or protective cover should be included for as well. Come on Canon lead the way and start including extras for your loyal customers!!! Can't think of anything else!
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 20 May 2008

Jon, Nottingham Complete Gadget Freak !

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
Image is excellent, low light conditions are good.
Bad points:
Slight delay when changing between shooting / photo modes.
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 6.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 04 Jun 2008

Confirmed purchaser Excellent picture quality

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Light, easy to use, great picture quality and SD cards for recording so no moving tapes or disks.
Bad points:
Sound is not in the same league as the excellent picture quality just average for a camcorder. You need a seriously powerful computer to edit video recorded in HD mode, minimum 2.8Ghz Intel duo core processor and preferably faster.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 01 Jun 2008

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Hard disk drive
Connections Wireless
Connections USB
Type of memory card SD
Type of memory card SDHC
Shape of camcorder Horizontally held
Digital zoom ratio 200
Type of image stabiliser Optical
Widescreen recording Yes
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 16
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 2008-04-29

Also known as: HF10, Canon

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Manufacturer's Description

Ultra-stylish, incredibly compact: the 1920×1080 Full HD HF10 offers the versatility of Dual Flash Memory recording. Internal memory provides up to 6 hours of continuous shooting.

  • Dual Flash Memory – 16Gb internal memory and memory card
  • Stylishly compact
  • 1920×1080 Full HD
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Instant AF and Super Range OIS
  • Versatile system
  • Shoot for longer
  • 3.1MP photos
  • Multiangle Vivid LCD
  • Shoot, burn, share

Future perfect: the next generation of HD.

Best of both worlds
With Canon’s Dual Flash Memory System, you’re always ready to shoot – even if there’s no spare media to hand. Record up to 6 hours of HD footage to 16Gb internal memory. Use SDHC memory cards for extra capacity, or to share your movies with friends.

Super-stylish; ultra-compact
Flash memory allows for an incredibly compact design that’s small enough to carry in your pocket. Since flash memory involves no moving parts, your precious memories are better protected against knocks and bumps.

1920×1080 Full HD Recording
The HF10 records 1920×1080 Full HD video – matching the resolution of Full HD TVs for the best possible picture quality.

Canon HD Camera System
Enjoy superior quality HD video via the combination of unique Canon technologies: a Canon HD Video Lens with 12x optical zoom, a 3.3 MP Canon Full HD CMOS sensor, and the powerful DIGIC DV II processor.

Instant AF and Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
Focusing errors and camera shake are more noticeable when shooting in HD. Instant AF and a Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer provide a unique solution to these two problems.

Flexible
Shoot with a range of optional peripherals. Manual audio controls, plus microphone and headphone connections, let you capture a great soundtrack. HDMI provides a simple way to get your HD movies onto a TV or compatible computer.

Keep on shooting
With low power consumption, flash memory lets you shoot for longer. The camcorder is also compatible with a high capacity battery pack for even greater shooting times. An Intelligent battery system displays remaining charge to the minute.

Advanced Photo Features
The HF10 lets you capture 3.1 Megapixel photos. Even take 2.07MP shots during recording or grab them from movies you’ve already made. A range of other advanced features are available.

Multiangle Vivid LCD
Preview your movies with family and friends on the 2.7" Multiangle Vivid LCD screen – easy for everyone to gather around. With HCAR surface treatment, images look sharper and colours are vibrant; screen reflection is also minimized.

Shoot, burn, share
The HF10 is compatible with Canon’s optional DW-100 – the easiest way to get your HD movies onto a DVD. Alternatively, PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE is provided – organise, play back and edit your video clips on a PC, then convert them to other file formats.


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