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Canon Legria HF-S10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 116 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the color and memory. The portability and usability also get good feedback. The features and battery get negative comments.

image quality, usability, portability, memory, color

value for money, viewfinder, battery, features

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Legria HF-S10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = Very good quality.

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Canon Vixia HF S10


Hands down, the Canon Vixia HF S10 generates the best high-definition video and still images we've seen from a small camcorder. Add the impressively deep and professional manual controls, and you have an excellent--albeit expensive ($1300 as of...

Best-in-class video quality ; Deep and advanced manual controls

Expensive ; Mediocre battery life

The HF S10 offers sharp and vibrant video and stills, and its truly robust manual controls make it a great choice for dedicated users.

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Solid State Camcorder Cuts No Corners — or Price ...


Pure Digital's Flip has proven that it's possible to build a super-small flash memory camcorder and offer it up for fewer than two hundred bucks. But there are

Improved audio quality. Big, bright lens. Speedy processor. Lots of creative control options. More intuitive menus than previous generation Canon camcorders

Loose lens cover noisier than cutlery caught in a garbage disposal. Still images cam come off looking a bit overexposed


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Canon Vixia HF S10


The Holy Grail for camcorder owners is one device that takes great high-def video and outstanding stills, all in a compact package. Like Indiana Jones, the Knights Templar and Don Quixote, we've been on this seemingly fruitless quest for years. A few...

Beautiful video; excellent stills; quality optical image stabilization; easy to operate

LCD should be better; expensive; heavy; average wind noise reduction; no 5.1 surround

As far as we're concerned, this is the video quality standard bearer for consumer camcorders circa 2009.


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Canon Vixia HF S10


Many companies turn out SD-based camcorders in compact designs, simply because the flash-based technologies allow for much smaller models than those based on tape, hard disks, and mini DVDs. While Canon continues to offer compact AVCHD models, the...

Excellent video quality and performance; nicely designed interface; fast battery charging

No eye-level viewfinder; expensive; lens cover rattles when closed

An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy.

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Canon Vixia HF S10 Camcorder Review


The Vixia HF S10 is one of three "flagship" camcorders released by Canon this year. It doesn't have the updated stabilization or the increased capacity of the recently released HF S11. However, it offers the same excellent performance, while giving...

The Canon Vixia HF S10 (MSRP $1199) is a camcorder with a lot to offer. The 32GB of internal flash memory is a welcome addition over the card-only HF S100 we reviewed earlier this year. Its video-like that recorded by all of Canon's flagship models...

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Canon Vixia HF S10 First Impressions Camcorder Review


The Canon HF S10 is perhaps the most exciting camcorder to appear here at the Consumer Electronics Show, at least on the upper-end of the market. Building on the popularity of the HF10 and HF11, Canon has created this new HF S-series, packed with...

Canon has not announced pricing at the time of this article's publication.

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The Vixia HF S10: Simply Amazing


The Canon Vixia HF S10 comes with many features that will please the higher-end, professional consumer. It takes great footage, and the lens and pixel count is quite impressive. This camcorder has been exciting the market and for good reason. It's...

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Canon HF S10


With excellent performance, may be the best buy Canon has to offer this holiday season

Great sharpness performance; A bevy of manual controls

Not the best noise results; Subpar low-light performance

The Canon Vixia HF S10 (MSRP $1199) is a camcorder with a lot to offer. The 32GB of internal flash memory is a welcome addition over the card-only HF S100 we reviewed earlier this year. Its video—like that recorded by all of Canon’s flagship models...

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Review: Canon Vixia HF S10 HD camcorder


The overall image quality, deep manual controls, and decent ease of use make Canon's Vixia HF S10 an excellent choice for both advanced and casual videographers.

The camera’s 1/2.6-inch CMOS imaging chip records 1080 horizontal lines of video; it records 1080i at 60 frames per second, 1080p at 30 frames per second, and 1080p at 24 frames per second. The camera includes 32GB of built-in flash memory and supports...

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Canon Vixia HF S10 Review


Canon Vixia HF S10 reviewed by ConsumerSearch, which notes pros and cons, along with reviews and ratings for the Canon Vixia HF S10 and comparisons to other HD Camcorders

Great HD video; Extensive manual controls; Stores three hours of best-quality video

Grainier low-light video than rivals; No viewfinder or lens ring; Expensive

Product Specifications

The VIXIA HF S10 delivers brilliant video and photos through a Canon exclusive 8.59 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the latest version of Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III. It combines lightweight, compact size and the ease and convenience of flash memory. This technology, the same used in advanced laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, allows the VIXIA HF S10 to record to both its large internal memory, for up to 12 hours of crisp, high definition video, as well as to a removable SDHC card. You have extended available recording space and more flexibility in file transfer and playback. What's more, the VIXIA HF S10 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit rate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF S10's Canon exclusive features - such as the Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, sophisticated genuine Canon face detection capability, SuperRange optical image stabilization and a host of control and creative options.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser


Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-807

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/Pop-up flash

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:32GB


Model:HF S10
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon VIXIA

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:64mm
Min Focal Length:6.4mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:8.02Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:6.01Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:8.59Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.8 mm ( 1/2.6 ) / 9.8 mm ( 1/2.6" )
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

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Video Format:AVCHD / MPEG-4
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Type: None