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Canon VIXIA HF S200

alaTest has collected and analyzed 91 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the portability and battery. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some critical opinions about the viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon VIXIA HF S200 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Canon VIXIA HF S200

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 72 user reviews of Canon VIXIA HF S200 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com.

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97% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Canon VIXIA HF S200 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder & Pro Manual Control

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Canon Vixia HF S200

 

Canon's 2010 HF S series of AVCHD camcorders consists of three models that, as usual, differ by memory configuration and the aforementioned viewfinder. Their key specs remain the same as their predecessors', with the same optics and sensor, but they...

Excellent set of manual features; dual SDHC slots; generally well-designed interface

Poorly designed touch-screen menu system; short battery life; defaults to low-quality video mode; doesn't support SDXC; relatively expensive

Though they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forgo some of the...

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Teen son is posting to youtube and making $$ with it!

 

clearly a high quality prosumer product,

light weight but now son want s to add a wide angle lens, pistol grip that will double it ; great battery life (except in winter cold) ; dual sdhc cards allow for lots of recording time

no optical viewfinder (required the pricier internal drive model) ; must use bulky LCD display hood outdoors ; not as versatile as Go Pro HD for action shots in weather

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"Teen son is posting to youtube and making $$ with it!"

 

clearly a high quality prosumer product,

light weight but now son want s to add a wide angle lens, pistol grip that will double it.

no optical viewfinder (required the pricier internal drive model)

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"Great camera for work and play"

 

I bought this camera for work about a month ago. So far, so good! I'm not by any means a professional videographer, but use this to make short videos for work (promotional videos for our website, interviews, etc) as well as using it for photos for both...

Video quality

Editing software it comes with

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Great camera for work and play

 

I bought this camera for work about a month ago. So far, so good! I'm not by any means a professional videographer, but use this to make short videos for work (promotional videos for our website, interviews, etc) as well as using it for photos for both...

Video quality ; Video display ; Controls/Touch Screen ; Built-in memory and SD card option ; External mic plug ; Battery life

Editing software it comes with ; AVCHD format

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Superb Dual Purpose Camera!

 

I've had this camera for about 6 months now. I use it primarly to capture indoor sporting events, but also use it for vacation videos and videos of kids. I use 16GB Class 4 memory, and the recorder works fine with this speed memory, even in the highest...

Video quality is top notch ; Video display screen is the best I've seen on a camcorder ; Speaker on the camera is terrible ; Touch screen interface is very nice ; Great HD Picture

Battery life could be better

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"Superb Dual Purpose Camera!"

 

I've had this camera for about 6 months now. I use it primarly to capture indoor sporting events, but also use it for vacation videos and videos of kids. I use 16GB Class 4 memory, and the recorder works fine with this speed memory, even in the highest...

+ Video quality is top notch

- Battery life could be better

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Excelent video, but awful external mic compatibility

 

As good as any other HD camcorder, but Canon should print in the box and in HF S200 page in their site it's faulty external microphone compatibility. Next time I will buy a Sony or Panasonic one.

Excelent video quality

Don't accept non-Canon external microphone. This is simply unacceptable for a US$ 700 HD camcorder, because you need to spend $$ buying a Canon one. My problem is that I need to use a wireless microphone and Canon doesn't have one

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"Excelent video, but awful external mic compatibility"

 

As good as any other HD camcorder, but Canon should print in the box and in HF S200 page in their site it's faulty external microphone compatibility. Next time I will buy a Sony or Panasonic one.

Excelent video quality

Don't accept non-Canon external microphone. This is simply unacceptable for a US$ 700 HD camcorder, because you need to spend $$ buying a Canon one. My problem is that I need to use a wireless microphone and Canon doesn't have one!

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One of the best consumer camcorders I have ever had.

 

This is a great camcorder! I started with the HF100, then the HFS100 and now I own the HFS200. I love it but am not happy with some of the changes. I prefer the "joystick" navigation, rather than the touch screen. The HFS100 LCD screen was difficult...

Much improved image stabilization ; Larger viewing LCD ; Dual memory card slots. (SD, SDHC,XDHC) ; Excellent quality video ; Fantastic low light video at 24 fps

Touch screen isn't easy to navigate with ; Common items are buried in menus ; Glossy LCD screen is difficult to use in bright sunlight

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Product Specifications

Canon's VIXIA HF S200 flash memory camcorder, with two SD memory card slots, offers Canon's most sophisticated feature set to date - blurring the line between consumer and professional. Canon's superlative proprietary imaging technologies help deliver video and 8.0-megapixel photos with incredible detail and lifelike color. Touch and track allows you to achieve sharp focus and precise exposure for any subject, simply by touching the generous 3.5" high resolution (922,000 dot) touch panel LCD. Native 24p mode perfectly matches the frame rate of film. And 5.1-channel surround sound ensures your audio complements the stunning realism of your video.

Audio Input

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

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-808

Camcorder Features

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

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:SD Memory Card / SDHC Memory Card

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:5.5in
Height:2.9in
Weight:16.2oz
Width:3in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:3.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):8.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

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

Header

Manufacturer:Canon
Model:HF S200
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 / 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 (Dynamic SuperRange)

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC
Digital Scene Transition:Sepia fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Face Detection: Yes
Media Type:Flash card
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Skin Detail / Custom Effect / Vivid / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Soft
Still Image Format:JPEG
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Type: None
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