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Canon HF10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 706 reviews of Canon HF10. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Reviews are divided on the reliability, while the viewfinder and battery get less positive views.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

battery, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HF10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon HF10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 user reviews of Canon HF10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the memory and portability. The durability and image quality also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the reliability. There are some less positive opinions about the price.

usability, image quality, durability, portability, memory


100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HF10 High Definition Camcorder - 12x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-angle Vivid LCDCanon HF10 High Definition Camcorder - 12x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-angle Vivid LCDCanon HF10 High Definition Camcorder - 12x Optical Zoom with 2.7" Widescreen Multi-angle Vivid LCD

Jul, 2015

Consumer review by: ( review summary for Canon HF10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 389 user reviews of Canon HF10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the size and image quality. The price and portability also get good feedback.

usability, portability, price, image quality, size

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon VIXIA HF10 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder with 16 GB Internal Flash Memory and 12x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: Jim Feeley (

Canon Vixia HF10


The Canon Vixia HF10 ($1000 as of September 28, 2008) has a lot going for it. It's light and compact, it generates fine images without much effort, it offers good control over look and frame rate, it carries a reasonable price, and it works well with...

Compact size ; Good video quality, optical zoom, and stabilizatio

LCD is the only viewfinder ; Lower bit rate than newer Vixia models have

This compact camcorder combines sharp AVCHD video, flash memory, easy and flexible operation, and a reasonable price.

Oct, 2008


Expert review by: David Elrich (

Canon Vixia HF10


We reported on the first wave of 2008 camcorders with our recent review of the very good JVC GZ-HD6. That hard disk drive 1080p video maker did a wonderful job recording accurate colors that really popped off the screen of our plasma HDTV. In keeping...

Takes beautiful HD video outdoors; good-looking still pictures; very light and compact

Poor battery life; menu system is not intuitive; mic doesn't block wind noise well

Good, not great is the bottom line for this one.

Apr, 2008

Expert review by: Lori Grunin (

Canon Vixia HF10


Canon may not have been first out of the gate with a flash-based camcorder--or second, or third--but its debut model, the high-definition Vixia HF10, gets it right the first time. A sleek, black compact model with a well-rounded feature set, great...

Excellent video quality; fast focus; compact, attractive, and comfortable design

Wind filter not as dependable as previous Canon models; manual focus pretty useless

Canon's first flash-based camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF10, delivers excellent HD video quality and performance in a tiny package.

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Jackson Lynch (

Quick-Focus Camcorder Shoots Crisp Hi-Def Footage


If you're thinking hi-def (and how could you not be?), the HF10 merits serious cogitation. Compact and quick-focusing, it produces AVCHD 1920 x 1080 video with

Dual-positioned controls on body and LCD are perfect for all shooting situations. With four zoom speeds (one of them variable), wide-angle and telephoto buttons on the superbright and sharp LCD provide excellent modulation

Recording time on standard battery is pretty much a disappointment. Gawky toggle on the camcorder body makes zooming in and out a drag

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: David Kender (

Canon Vixia HF10 Camcorder Review


The Canon HF10 is among the most anticipated camcorders in recent years, due no doubt to the outstanding reception of its HDV predecessor, the HV20. There are several key differences, however. The CMOS chip is not the same as last year's Canon HD...

The Canon HF10 may be the AVCHD camcorder we've been waiting for. The first generation of AVCHD camcorder from Sony and Panasonic were just plain no good - lots of features but short on performance. Then Canon came along shortly after with the HR10,...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: Alfredo Padilla (

Canon HF10 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Canon Flash Memory


The Canon Vixia HF10 is the solid state camcorder in Canon's current high definition consumer lineup, recording to removable SDHC memory cards and a non-removable 16GB internal flash memory. The HF10 shares a similar imaging system as the HG10...

Jan, 2008

Expert review by: Brent Holland (

Camcorder Review: Canon Vixia HF10 Camcorder


No more tape? Not for Canon's new Vixia HF10. It records directly to a built-in Flash memory. As if that weren't enough, the HF10 also offers high-definition video recording at a 1920x1080 resolution

Compact size Sleek design Flash memory storage

Light, hard to hold still

The small and lightweight Canon Vixia HF10 packs enough punch with its sharp images to compete with the big boys.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: Brian Chen (

Review: Canon Vixia HF10 HD camcorder


The HF10's impressive video quality and ease of use add up to a very good camcorder, especially given its size. If size is a consideration for you, the HF10 is the right tapeless camcorder.

The HF10 is sleek and sexy, but it feels a bit clumsy to hold. The camcorder is shaped like a cannon barrel, and you need to use your middle finger to control the zoom tab, making it difficult to maintain a firm, steady grip on the camcorder. You...

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: David Kender (

Canon HF10


Canon HF10 carries with it high expectations based on the outstanding performance of its 2007 predecessors, such as the HV20 and HG10. Canon redesigned the imaging chip this time around, making it smaller and more densely packed with pixels (1/3.2...

In bright light performance, the HF10 is nearly indistinguishable from the award-winning HV20, and the resolution score actually improves. Canon finally managed to craft an AVCHD camcorder that does not produce objectionable amounts of compression...

Mar, 2008

Expert review by: John Virata (

First Look: Canon HF10 HD camcorder


The Canon HF10 is an ultra compact camcorder that captures HD video in the AVCHD H.264 video file format. What makes the camcorder unique is the dual storage capabilities built into the camera. It doesn't use video tape or DVD disc or a hard disk;...

Mar, 2008

Product Specifications

With the light, compact Canon VIXIA HF10, you can have stunning AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format recording with the ease and numerous benefits of flash memory. It's used in some of the world's most innovative electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones. Canon offers the best in flash memory with dual flash memory-record to both the camcorder's 16 GB internal memory and a removable SDHC card, extending your available recording space and offering added flexibility in file transfer and playback. Add to that the VIXIA HF10's Canon exclusive features such as Canon's own 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II Image Processor, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Instant Auto Focus, Canon's 2.7" Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD and the Genuine Canon 12x HD video zoom lens and you have a flash memory camcorder that's hard to beat and unmistakably Canon.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-809

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p

Digital Camera

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

Dimensions & Weight


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

Flash Memory

Form Factor:Integrated
Storage Capacity:16GB


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:57mm
Min Focal Length:4.8mm
Optical Zoom:12
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:3.3Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/3.2"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):7.9 mm ( 1/3.2 ) / 7.9 mm ( 1/3.2" )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer: Yes
Image Stabilizer:Optical (SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG