Canon Legria HF-S10 reviews: Flash storage Full HD camcorder

6 customer reviews

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8.8 out of 10 based on 6 reviews.
Canon Legria HF-S10: Horizontally held, 10x optical zoom camcorder using SDHC card. See full product description

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Darren T, London

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fits nicely even in my small hands and it provides excellent video quality. Quite light compared to my last HD camcorder, superb.
Bad points:
Battery life is quite poor with the supplied battery and the spares are very expensive. I wouldn't consider a compatible battery as they don't give you an accurate measurement of remaining power. So, looks like I'll have to grin and bear the cost.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 31 Aug 2009

Confirmed purchaser

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Superb HD Picture Quality.
Super Range Optical Image Stabilization (Optical is better than Digital).
The fastest focusing in the west (could easily rival the quickest gun-slinger).
Good quality 8 Mega Pixel stills.
Very large CMOS Sensor.
Great features.
Rather compact for it's semi-pro level of quality.
Bad points:
Price is high, but you get what you pay for.
Would like to finally seen full 1080p (progressive) at 50/60p or gps (50 or 60 frames per second at full progressive quality).. surely the time has come for this now!
Stereo recording only, not 5.1 but this isn't really a big deal.
Stereo mics can still be a bit prone to terrible wind noise therefore would need to invest in the DM-100 Directional Stereo Mic that is compatible with this camcorder and comes with a proper 'wind muff'.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 26 Apr 2009

Phil, Loughborough

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Very, very good HD image quality in good light. Very good level of manual control eg. focus override, +/- exposure, aperture priority, shutter speed priority, gain, mic. level, 1.7 digital teleconvertor (no quality loss due to sensor size) face detection on/off, scene modes eg. fireworks,sports etc. A very capable performer that you can be creative with or just leave it in fully auto. 32GB internal memory ~ about 3hrs top HD video.
Bad points:
Like many camcorders grainy & slightly softer image quality in poor light but can be partly averted by lowering exposure &/or switching to 25p frame mode. Moderate size will fit in generous jacket pocket but not trousers. Wind noise if not using external mic. Proprietary hot shoe means Canon brand mic. or adaptor. Lens not enough wide angle for some situations; Canon 0.7X wide angle convertor available. A moderately expensive prosumer camcorder but worth it for top quality performance & features.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 7.0
Weight 8.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Oct 2009

David, Liverpool Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
It's so easy to use. Excellent quality picture and sound. Using auto just concentrated on the subject and got some excellent results straight out of the box.
Bad points:
I'm going to have to buy a couple of better batteries. Seems mean to supply a small battery as standard. Same goes for the mini HDMI connector. Not supplied with the camera.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 9.0
Battery life 5.0
Weight 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 19 Jun 2009

Product Features

Resolution quality Full HD
Resolution (Pixels) 1920x1080
3D No
Optical zoom ratio 10
Media format Flash
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 No
Hard disk capacity (Gigabytes) 32
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/2000
Weight (g) 450
Screen size (Inches) 2.7
Maximum aperture telephoto 3
Maximum aperture wide 1.8
Lowest focal length (Millimetres) 43.5
Highest focal length (Millimetres) 435
Type of chip CMOS
Release date 2009-03-17

Also known as: Canon HFS10, Legria HF S10, Legria HFS10, Canon LEGRIA HF S10, Canon Vixia HF S10, Canon LEGRIA HFS10

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Manufacturer's Description

The LEGRIA HF S10 is an HD camcorder that fuses professional-level imaging with the advantages of Dual Flash Memory. Advanced controls allow you to capture incredibly sharp and detailed HD images.


  • 8.0MP Canon HD Camera System
  • 32GB Dual Flash Memory
  • Instant AF and Super Range OIS
  • Manual control options
  • Video Snapshot, Face Detection, Pre REC
  • x.v.Colour and 25p
  • 8MP photos
  • Superior audio
  • Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
  • Editing software

A fusion of unrivalled HD quality and control.

Canon HD Camera System

Capture stunning images via the Canon HD Camera System: the LEGRIA HF S10 uses a unique combination of 8.0MP Full HD CMOS sensor, Canon HD Video Lens with 10x optical zoom (58mm filter diameter), and the DIGIC DV III processor.

Dual Flash Memory

32GB Dual Flash Memory combines large built-in capacity – enough for over 12 hours of HD movies – with the added option of recording to removable SDHC memory cards.

Intelligent shooting

Canon’s unique Instant AF system achieves highly accurate focus at speed. Super Range OIS combats every kind of camera shake, from slow to fast movements.

Creative manual 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 captures short 4 second movie clips – ideal for putting together in a playlist later. You can play back your montage of video clips with 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.

Colour options

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 performance.

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.

Superior audio features

A microphone input connection and headphone jack let you capture and monitor superior audio. Manual audio level control provides even more options.

Flexible options

With a mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, attach a range of optional peripherals – such as a microphone or a video light.


For simple editing and sharing, PIXELA™ software is supplied. DVDs are easy to burn at the touch a button with Canon’s DW-100 DVD Burner (available separately).

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