Canon HF100 reviews: Memory card storage Full HD camcorder

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+ This camcorder scores high on image quality. - It scores poorly on battery life.

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9.0 out of 10 based on 35 reviews.
Canon HF100: Horizontally held, 12x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Martin, Edinburgh Not experienced camcorder user.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Easy to use, good quality picture, value for money.
Bad points:
Not the best picture quality in bad light but not too bad.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 7.0
Value for money 9.0
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7 of 8 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 29 Aug 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent image quality & colour reproduction on my HD tv i.e. no over saturated colours. Far exceeded my expectations. It's so small and light too with a very impressive optical zoom.
Bad points:
Being extremely picky here but the internal microphone is very sensitive to the slightest breeze. You can purchase an external mic but surely that's overkill for most regular amateur users. However it's nice to know the option is there if needed.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 27 Apr 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Great little camera, fantastic quality and good features.
Bad points:
Menus can be a little tricky to navigate and find what you want.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 7.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 9.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
super quality, easy to use
Bad points:
battery life is short
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 13 Apr 2009

Len, Gateshead Retired music teacher

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Excellent build quality. Very good picture and sound quality. Very easy to use but with plenty of features. Small and quite light.
Bad points:
Poor software with camera makes editing difficult. I have opted to use Sony Vegas Platinum 9 which handles high definition files.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 10.0
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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 11 Oct 2008

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Very small and easy to use!
Bad points:
Low light gets a bit grainy, but I imagine that is a problem with all camcorders.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 8.0
Weight 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 11 Jan 2009

nigel, kells co meath

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
image quality ease of use
Bad points:
battery life is terrible and software almost useless maybe theres after market software that can do a better job but i would still recomend this camera its pobably one of the best at the moment
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 3.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 6.0
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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

Confirmed purchase: 07 Sep 2008

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Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 12
Media format Memory card
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
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: HF100, Canon HF100E, Canon B100623

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Manufacturer's Description

The stylish, 1920×1080 Full HD HF100 offers the convenience of recording directly to memory cards. Capture incredible footage via the Canon HD camera system, then share it quickly and easily.

  • HD movies directly to memory card
  • Stylish and lightweight
  • 1920×1080 Full HD
  • Canon HD Camera System
  • Instant AF and Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer
  • Excellent connectivity
  • Power-efficient
  • 3.1MP photos
  • Multiangle Vivid LCD
  • Software for sharing

Shoot and share: Full HD recording has never been this easy.

Record straight to memory card
Shooting to SDHC (High Capacity) memory cards, the HF100 is an HD camcorder designed for sharing your movies. Cards are great for passing on to family and friends – as card sizes increase, so does your camcorder’s capacity.

Super-stylish. Ultra-compact.
The HF100 is a pocket-sized camcorder with loads of style. And because flash memory has no moving parts, footage is guarded against bumps and knocks.

1920×1080 Full HD Recording
Recording 1920×1080 Full HD video for superior image quality, the HF100 captures movies that are perfectly suited for watching on Full HD TVs.

Canon HD Camera System
Enjoy superior quality HD video thanks to a 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.

Sharp and super-steady movies
Focusing errors and camera shake are more noticeable when shooting HD. The HF100 uses two systems to give you the edge. Instant AF is a hybrid auto focus system that provides speed and accuracy. The Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer compensates for common sources of camera shake.

Expandable
Easily expand your camcorder system: attach a microphone and take advantage of the HF100’s manual audio controls, for example. After shooting, a built-in HDMI port makes it easy to display footage on an HD TV.

Power efficient
Recording to flash memory is extremely power efficient. For even longer shooting times, the HF100 is compatible with a high capacity battery pack. An Intelligent battery system shows remaining charge to the minute.

Shoot digital photos
Use the HF100 to capture superb 3.1 Megapixel photos – even take 2.07MP shots during recording.

Multiangle Vivid LCD
A 2.7" Multiangle Vivid LCD screen with a 135-degree viewing angle makes it easier to shoot from any angle. HCAR surface treatment minimises screen reflection and makes images look sharper and colours more vibrant.

Software for sharing and easy DVD creation
The camcorder is supplied with powerful software, including PIXELA ImageMixer™ 3 SE to organise, play back and edit your clips. You can even convert them to other file formats. For archiving and sharing videos, the HF100 is also compatible with Canon’s DW-100 (available separately), making it simple to burn HD movies straight to DVD.


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