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Canon FS100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 813 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the image quality and battery are generally positive. The value for money and portability also get good comments. The viewfinder and connectivity get less positive comments. Comments about the resolution and reliability are different.

usability, portability, value for money, battery, image quality

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon FS100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 84/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon FS100 (sapphire blue)

 

In the continuum that runs from low-resolution, cheapo camcorders like the Creative Vado to high-quality, solid-state "prosumer" HD models like Canon's own Vixia HF10, Canon's line of SD-based camcorders--FS11, FS10, and FS100--falls exactly where...

Compact, attractive design; mic input

No optical image stabilization; ineffective wind filter; no headphone jack; modest video quality

Convenient, well-designed camcorders that look pricier than they are, models in the Canon FS series--FS11, FS10, and FS100--nevertheless deliver typical budget video in line with their budget price tags.

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Canon FS100 (garnet wine)

 

In the continuum that runs from low-resolution, cheapo camcorders like the Creative Vado to high-quality, solid-state "prosumer" HD models like Canon's own Vixia HF10 , Canon's line of SD-based camcorders--FS11, FS10, and FS100--falls exactly where...

Compact, attractive design; mic input.

No optical image stabilization; ineffective wind filter; no headphone jack; modest video quality.

Convenient, well-designed camcorders that look pricier than they are, models in the Canon FS series--FS11, FS10, and FS100--nevertheless deliver typical budget video in line with their budget price tags.

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Canon FS100

 

All in all, for the price, you can get a decent camcorder for a decent price. If you need a camcorder and price is a factor, you can certainly make due with the Canon FS100. Record your memories today; after all, they are priceless when you look back...

good investment for an inexpensive camcorder37x optical zoomAccepts SD / SDHC media

Wind filter not very good

The new standard definition, flash memory, limited moving parts camcorder..

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Canon FS100 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon FS100 (MSRP $399) is one of three models in Canon's first ever line of solid state, standard definition camcorders. The other two step-up models—the Canon FS10 and Canon FS11—include built-in internal flash memory (8GB and 16GB,...

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Canon FS100 Camcorder

 

It?s clear before you even order one that Canon?s FS100 SD camcorder is not aimed at the top end of the market. That much is clear from the color schemes Canon have devised. Today we look beyond the color to see what you can actually accomplish with...

The fit and finish are excellent. The metallic coating seems durable, and at just 10.7 ounces in weight it feels as though it could be carried all day without strain. The neat size and compact shape make it easy to stash away in between sessions, so...

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Canon FS100

 

The Canon FS100 (MSRP $399.00) is one of three models in Canon\'s first ever line of solid state, standard definition camcorders. The other two models—the Canon FS10 and Canon FS11—can record to SD/SDHC memory cards, as well as built-in internal flash...

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FS100 Digital Video Camera

 

I've been avoiding buying a new camcorder to replace the 8 year old DVC tape unit for awhile now. There were plenty of tempting offerings, but none matched the feature set and price point that I was looking for until I happened upon Canon's FS100 model...

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"Very durable and versatile camera"

 

3 years and over 300,000 miles of hard trucking later, this remains my favorite camera to use in a vehicle, despite all the issues I've found. I bought this one at Wal Mart when it first came out, and paid $289 plus tax for it. For what I paid, and...

This has proven to be one of the most durable and versatile cameras I have ever owned. Excellent battery life and recharging speed.

Difficulty with focusing in low-light conditions, cannot handle sodium lighting at all (goes totally out of focus). Lacks image stabilization. Unable to "live stream" video to computer via USB. No Firewire or video time code.

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"Vad camcorder, very dissapointung"

 

After 3-4 years of experience with this camcorder, it is he worst camcorder I have ever met.

Very compact

Uncontrolable automatic zoom

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Vad camcorder, very dissapointung

 

After 3-4 years of experience with this camcorder, it is he worst camcorder I have ever met. Everyone deserve a better camcorder then this one.

Very compact

Uncontrolable automatic zoom ; Impossible to get the cam stable ; v ery bad quality of Photography ; No ViewFinder, this can be very important when there is sun reflection on the lcd, etc ; The lcd screen - very bad quality, you can only use it in a...

Product Specifications

From Canon's long history of optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance and technological innovation in photographic and broadcast television cameras comes the latest in camcorders. With the light, compact Canon FS100, you can have stunning video with the ease and numerous benefits of flash memory, at an affordable price. Flash memory is used in some of the world's most innovative electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones. It is just the thing for catching more of your life's most special moments. In addition you will get the FS100's Canon exclusive features such as Canon 48x Advanced Zoom and Canon

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:MultiMediaCard / SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.9in
Height:2.4in
Weight:9.2oz
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:FS100
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.0-5.2
Max Focal Length:96.2mm
Min Focal Length:2.6mm
Optical Zoom:37
Type:Zoom lens

Miscellaneous

Color:Garnet wine/Sapphire blue

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:0.8Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:710Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:1.07Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Zoom:2000
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder
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