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Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 368 reviews from magazines and websites. People really like the design and battery. The image quality and portability also get good reviews, whereas there are some mixed opinions about the viewfinder and value for money. There are some less positive comments about the features.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.co.uk review summary for Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100

 

alaTest has collected and analysed 13 user reviews of Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk.

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

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

This summary is based on the products: Canon LEGRIA HF S100 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)Canon LEGRIA HF S100 High Definition Digital Camcorder - Black (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7 Inch Widescreen Colour LCD)

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 257 user reviews of Canon Vixia HF S100 / Legria HF S100 from Amazon.com. 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 Amazon.com.

usability, portability, image quality, battery, design

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODELCanon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODELCanon VIXIA HF S100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 10x Optical Zoom

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Canon Vixia HF S100

 

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 S100 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. It's probably a better buy than the identical--but more expensive, because it has 32GB built-in memory--Vixia...

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Canon Vixia HF S100

 

The feature set and HD offering from Canon is absolutely a major contender in the camcorder market. While it appears to be a bit pricey those who are looking to enter the camcorder market would be advised to invest in a HD camcorder from the get go as...

Great for novice and medium skill usersEasy to holdFace detectionMinimal digital noise

The Canon Vixia HF S100 camcorder offers up a high definition camcorder...

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Canon Vixia HF S100 Camcorder Review

 

The Canon Vixia HF S100 (and its sister model, the HF S10) represent the top of the line from the manufacturer's 2009 camcorders. The 8.59-megapixel sensor, large lens, still photo capabilities, and excellent new custom control dial are just some of...

Canon has certainly made some improvements this year with the HF S100: a new lens and sensor that produce incredibly sharp videos and photos, a new processor that allows for simultaneous photo recording and less noise, and an excellent new custom...

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Canon HF S100

 

The HF S100 (along with its sister model, the HF S10) is Canon's new flagship HD camcorder for 2009. The camcorder has large shoes to fill, as it represents an upgrade over our winner of 2008 camcorder of the year-the Canon HF11. Canon has packed quite...

The HF S100 records exclusively to removable SD/SDHC memory cards, which are sold separately. Its upgraded sister model, HF S10, is essentially the same camcorder as the HF S100, but with 32GB of built-in flash memory (for an extra $200). With...

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Canon HF S100

 

One of Canon's three 2009 flagship models, with strong features and performance

Outstanding sharpness; Good color accuracy in bright light; A wealth of manual controls

Higher noise than the competition

Canon has certainly made some improvements this year with the HF S100: a new lens and sensor that produce incredibly sharp videos and photos, a new processor that allows for simultaneous photo recording and less noise, and an excellent new custom...

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Canon Legria HF S100 review

 

The Canon Legria HF S100 is an excellent SD card-based, prosumer, high-definition camcorder. The lack of an eye-level viewfinder may put some off though, but you might find it a better buy than its almost identical -- but more expensive -- sibling, the...

Excellent video quality and performance ; Nicely designed interface ; Fast battery charging

No eye-level viewfinder ; Expensive ; Lens cover rattles when closed

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Canon LEGRIA HF S100

 

You will be very surprised at the size and weight of this camcorder, it weighs about 450 grams which for a camcorder like this is extremely light, and as such, adds a little to the price. The camera is 70mm wide, 69cm height and 136mm long. This makes...

Overall you can be sure that the Canon S100 is a camcorder that you can really rely upon to always give you the clearest possible video. The camcorder is stylish and very easy to use making this camera perfect for shooting professional video even if...

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Great cam, no EVF? Who cares, certainly not pros!

 

Don't take snarky personal baggage like Lori @Cnet's review as a reason to look elsewhere because of a viewfinder nobody bothers with anymore, aside from that, she is spot on for he review, it is even better I think than the HF S21 that just came out.

Great video, easy interface, external outputs, better video than Youtube or Vimeo can display

slow focus, low light less than stellar, manual focus also slow, limited depth of focus

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"Great cam, no EVF? Who cares, certainly not pros!"

 

Don't take snarky personal baggage like Lori @Cnet's review as a reason to look elsewhere because of a viewfinder nobody bothers with anymore, aside from that, she is spot on for he review, it is even better I think than the HF S21 that just came out.

Great video, easy interface, external outputs, better video than Youtube or Vimeo can display.

slow focus, low light less than stellar, manual focus also slow, limited depth of focus.

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Excellent Blu-ray quality HD camera - 1080p"

 

In response to other reviewers who complained... 

Excellent video quality

Not much, I would have liked an included HDMI cable though

Product Specifications

The VIXIA HF S100 delivers brilliant video and photos through a Canon exclusive 8.59 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the latest version of the 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 S100 to record up to 6 hours of crisp, high definition video 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 S100 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit rate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF S100'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 - makes the flash memory camcorder unmistakably Canon.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

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:Pop-up flash

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.4in
Height:2.7in
Weight:15.9oz
Width:2.8in

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:HF S100
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
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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