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Canon HR10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 195 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the design and portability are on the whole positive. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. Many are negative about the control panel and viewfinder.

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

memory, viewfinder, control panel

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HR10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon HR10


The DVD-recordable child in Canon's nursery of consumer HD camcorders, the HR10 has the distinction of being my least favorite of the lot. Because it records to DVDs in the AVCHD format, it lacks the speed and compatibility of the less-expensive HV20,...

Nice video and decent photo quality; manual exposure controls; 24p support; full-size HDMI connector

DVD initialization and finalizing operations are slow; relatively short battery life; can't charge while camcorder is powered on

Though the Canon HR10 is a decent camcorder, there are better choices for the same money because format performance and compatibility issues make it hard to recommend a DVD-based AVCHD model.

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Canon HR10 Camcorder Review


Canon has been hitting home runs this year with its high definition camcorders. The HV20, a tape-based HDV model, is perhaps the best overall consumer HD camcorder available right now. There was some question as to whether Canon could repeat the...

Canon comes close to perfection this year when it comes to video quality in its consumer high definition camcorders. Every media category in which they have a product - tape, DVD, and hard disk drive - its camcorders offer the best-looking image. That...

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Camcorder Review: Canon HR10 DVD Camcorder


The HR10 is part of Canon's second generation of AVCHD camcorders attempting to deliver the DVD format for consumers. Using the AVCHD codec, the HR10 takes the next step by giving consumers HD on a DVD. DVD-recordable formats made a big impact on...

Easy menu navigation. Good color and image detail.

Short record time. Playback is limited

The Canon HR10 is a slick-looking camera that can shoot impressive HD images. The limited record times may be too much of a setback for most.


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Canon HR10


Canon is out with the HR10 ($1,199 MSRP), virtually identical to the HG10, but recording to DVD. Will Canon make it a trifecta, or will the frustrations of the DVD medium upset the applecart?

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Object of Desire: Canon HR10 HD Camcorder


Canon hopes its tortoise of a high-definition camcorder, which also captures 3.1-megapixel stills, can beat out the competition's hares.

Now all you need to do is cough up a couple extra grand for an HDTV and a Blu-ray disc player, and you'll be able to screen your own high-definition movies at home. Pass the popcorn

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If you want great results this is an amazing buy


Love the results, hate the DVD feature

Amazing Video Quality

Records to DVDs which can be very hectic considering one can only hold 15 min on full HD

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"If you want great results this is an amazing buy"


Love the results, hate the DVD feature

Amazing Video Quality

Records to DVDs which can be very hectic considering one can only hold 15 min on full HD!

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Amazon review summary for Canon HR10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 user reviews of Canon HR10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on

portability, usability, battery, image quality, color

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HR10 AVCHD 3.1MP High Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized ZoomCanon HR10 AVCHD 3.1MP High Definition DVD Camcorder with 10x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom

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Canon HR10 DVD 10X Zoom Digital Camcorder


I read somewhere this is camcorder is hard to recommend because of format performance and compatibility issues since it's a DVD-based AVCHD model…I see it this way... if you own a Blu Ray player or planning on buying one.. then you should be okay.....

Excellent camcorder, with many features, easy to use, professional movie results every time, color is vivid, and truly HD 16.9, full size HDMI connector… Mini DVD's play perfectly on my Sony PS-3 Blu Ray player. The still digital camera takes breath...

DVD initialization and finalizing operations are slow about 20 seconds or less. Therefore I format a few DVD's at a time. I also recomend using DL-DVD's which gives you twice the recording time.

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Works as advertised


We have one stairway that is very difficult to use in the winter because of freezing. We purchased this product not knowing if it would work. It does and very well. We would recommend this product to anyone who needs to have snow/ice free stairs. We...

Product Specifications

The compact Canon HR10 delivers high definition technology with the convenience of DVD, incorporating the latest AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format. A host of advanced features are joined with superb image reproduction in the world's smallest AVCHD camcorder, allowing you to create stunning HD to complete your high definition home theater experience. Among the Canon Exclusive features on the HR 10 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



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-214

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

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

Exposure Parameters

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


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

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Window wipe
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Color Support:Color
Viewfinder Type:LCD