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Canon HG10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 707 reviews from magazines and websites. Opinions about the battery and value for money are generally positive. The portability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. The control panel and features get negative opinions.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon HG10

 

There are high definition camcorders and there are HIGH DEFINITION camcorders. The difference? The former thinks it's done its bit simply by shooting at HD resolution, without giving the sharpness level and the overall picture quality that should come...

The overall audio clarity was very clear. Even the sound from behind the camera was well recorded. But as always, the camera mics are placed a little too close together to get any real channel separation.

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Canon HG10

 

The HG10 is significantly smaller than the HV20, though at 1 pound, 4 ounces, it's not a whole lot lighter. And though it weighs a tad less than its main competitor, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR7, it's also a bit taller; the silver-and-dark gray body...

The Canon HG10 camcorder has excellent image stabilization and generally great video quality

Poor audio control; smallish EVF; some annoying ergonomics; no manual focus dial

A solid hard-drive based HD camcorder, the Canon HG10 nevertheless has its share of annoying quirks.

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Canon HG10 Camcorder Review - Canon HDD Camcorders

 

The Canon HR10 is a looker, both in person and by the specs sheet. Despite the first class pedigree of the imaging system (identical to the HV20), we were still skeptical of the AVCHD codec, which has given other manufacturers problems with motion....

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Camcorder Review: Canon HG10 AVCHD

 

The HG10 is Canon's first HDD AVCHD camcorder. It is small and well balanced, and it comes with a 1/2.7" CMOS sensor and a host of new features that all add up to great-looking HD video

Excellent video quality with very accurate color quality

No manual focus ring No manual audio level adjustments

A small camcorder packed with features that result in excellent HD video quality.

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First Look: Canon HG-10 AVCHD camcorder

 

The consumer video camcorder market resembles that of the Blu-Ray/HD DVD market in that there are choices to be made. There are many different camcorders available that capture to all kinds of media, including DVD, hard disk, media card, and the old...

Hard disk-based, 1lb camcorder

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Canon HG10

 

The Canon HG10 is perhaps the most compelling of a new format of camcorders, called AVCHD. Simply put, AVCHD has freed high definition video from tape-based media, allowing it to be captured to DVD, hard disk drive (HDD), and flash memory - all formats...

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Canon HG10

 

The Canon HR10 is a looker, both in person and by the specs sheet. Despite the first class pedigree of the imaging system (identical to the HV20), we were still skeptical of the AVCHD codec, which has given other manufacturers problems with motion....

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"Thoroughly Disappointed with Canon HG10"

 

This was my first (and last) Camcorder from Canon.

It turns on.

Non-existant support for low light or indoor recording. The picture comes out so poorly you will prefer to use your 20 year old SD Camcorder instead!

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Thoroughly Disappointed with Canon HG10"

 

This was my first (and last) Camcorder from C... 

It turns on

Non-existant support for low light or indoor recording. The picture comes out so poorly you will prefer to use your 20 year old SD Camcorder instead

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Thoroughly Disappointed with Canon HG10

 

This was my first (and last) Camcorder from Canon. I decided to buy it because of the good user reviews, but as it turns out, this HD Camera was being sold through the "Apple Store" and the reviews were done by Apple users who are not tech saavy...

It turns on

Non-existant support for low light or indoor recording. The picture comes out so poorly you will prefer to use your 20 year old SD Camcorder instead ; Poor User Interface

Product Specifications

The Canon HG10 AVCHD Format Hard Disk Drive Camcorder delivers high definition technology with the effortless ease of recording video directly onto a hard disk. Incorporating the latest AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format, it puts superb image reproduction and advanced features at your fingertips in a compact AVCHD Format HDD camcorder, which means you'll carry it everywhere you want to capture the special moments in your life in true HD. Among the Canon Exclusive features on the HG10 are Canon's own Full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II image processor. More exclusives are SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Instant Auto Focus and 2.7" Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD. With the Genuine Canon 10x HD video zoom lens and a host of other advanced features the HG10 is the right choice in HDD camcorders.

Audio Input

Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture: Yes

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disk drive

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.1in
Height:3in
Weight:1.1lbs/17.8oz
Width:3.2in

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:HG10
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon/Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" )
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 Scene Transition:Art fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:Hard disk drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinema / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD
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