Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL

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  1. AmazonLover says:
    347 of 352 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best consumer camcorder I have ever seen. Reviewed by professional videographer., April 5, 2009
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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL (Electronics)

    I have owned a small wedding videography company for 5 years and after using the HFS10 for a week I am incredibly pleased with it. Please note the HFS10 is identical to the HFS100 except the HFS10 also comes with 32GB of internal flash memory.

    If you want the smallest camcorder you can get without sacrificing video quality in any way, than this is the camcorder for you. I am amazed at how small this thing is while still having a professional grade lens. This is the same Canon lens as on their GL2 which is probably the most popular entry level professional camcorder ever (which I have owned for a few years).

    1.) Professional camera lens with superb HD video quality (even in low light situations). I cannot express enough how amazing the pictures look.

    2.) Accepts up to 32 GB of SDHC Flash memory
    A.) Flash memory is instant. No waiting for tapes to wind or hard drives to spin. The camera goes from off to red light recording in less than 2 seconds.
    B.) Flash memory helps keep the camera small.
    C.) Flash memory protects data from being lost due to the camera being dropped or hit (a real problem with hard drive cameras).

    3.) The still picture quality, even with the built in flash, is unbelievable for a camcorder. I feel like I am shooting with my Rebel XTi.

    4.) I love the auto open and close lens cover. It only opens when you are actually shooting. If the camera is off or if you are reviewing it immediately closes.

    5.) Menus are very easy to navigate.

    1.) Doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. Since it doesn’t take a normal sized HDMI cable I think there is no excuse for that.

    2.) Doesn’t come with a battery charger. You either have to spend $50 to get one or recharge batteries using the camcorder itself.

    3.) No internal memory, however it’s $200 more for the HFS10 for only 32GB of internal storage and that is way too much. It should have only cost an extra $100. Unless you need to be able to record more than 2.5 hours of shooting without changing SDHC cards, then get this camera because a 32GB class 6 SDHC card only costs $100.

    4.) Only comes with the BP-809 battery which doesn’t even last an hour. So you will need to buy the BP-827 which costs another $150. The BP-827 does stick out from the back just a slight bit, but not even an inch and is totally not noticeable nor does it add any real weight.

    5.) 10X optical zoom is a little slim for my liking. I am used to 20X.

    This camcorder is basically a professional lens barrel with an LCD on the side which gives you the best picture quality possible while keeping the size incredibly small. I cannot encourage you enough to get this camcorder.

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  2. Tom D says:
    96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Images and Features, Remarkable Stills, May 5, 2009
    Tom D (Columbus, OH United States) –

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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL (Electronics)

    I’ll try to cover what others haven’t. Yes, the images are sharp and the colors are faithful. That goes for both video and stills. I’ll try to post an image of a flower as an example of a still shot. Posting video’s problematic. One of the key reasons I chose this camcorder is its still image capabilities. I followed other reviewer’s recommendations and purchase the separate battery charger and BP-827 battery. And I purchase the optional video light, VFL-2 which is light and small.

    If you’re new to video, it’s a commitment. Taking good videos requires concentration, and at least a little bit of practice. Though the camcorder is truly compact, the supporting equipment is an order of magnitude more bulky than with today’s point and shoot digital camera. You can slip an excellent point and shoot in your pocket; video demands a case for the charger, cables, optional video light and power supply at a minimum. Then there’s the mandatory downloading and editing.

    This camcorder has so many features and choices that you’ll need to refer to the manual and once you understand the way the menu system works, it’s fairly intuitive. There are five resolution choices for video. Similar for stills. On the other hand, you can start creating videos and stills out of the box; they may not quite match your preferences though. The complexity of the options shouldn’t stop anyone; you don’t have to take advantage of all the features. To get what you want, you’ll need to spend maybe an hour with the camera and manual. The you can pretty much ignore the details if you wish.

    The screen image is readable, even in bright sunlight. And even better with a little tilt to put it in shadow. The controls are OK though the zoom is just a tad awkward for my stubby fingers. Record/Stop is convenient and the camera sits well in your hand. No big deal. Tougher I suppose if you’re left handed.

    I have a couple of 16G, class 6 SDHC cards because they’re at the right price point. They’re good for 1 hour 18 minutes at the highest resolution and that pretty well matches the included battery capability. That’s a LOT of video, though an hour of video may end up as only a few minutes of edited material worth keeping.

    So far I haven’t figured out how to get the video directly off the flash card so it can be edited with the software. I have to download it from the camera using the included software. It may be a problem with the Corel editing software I’m trying to use. The included software seems to have limited editing capabilities, but that may reflect my inexperience as a user. The manual for the software is lengthy, but so far, not particularly useful. (added 17 May 09, With more time the Corel Video Studio 12 is perfect, cheap, and has all the features I need and I’ve been able to pull the video directly off the SDHC card without using the camera, very convenient).

    The zoom’s what you’d expect. The optical zoom is magnificent. The digital has two setting, one to 40X and one to 200X. The 40X setting’s good, the 200X looses a lot and I really can’t imagine a useful application, perhaps very great distances with infinite focus. Only the optical zoom works with stills.

    What I like best: great images, the 3 second “pre-record” feature, beautiful stills, OK sound with the built-in microphone, pop-up flash and video light, and yeah, again crisp images.

    What I don’t like: not crazy about the software, no separate charger, no case or good case recommendation (see below). Trivial compared to what I like.

    Finding a suitable case wasn’t obvious. Tough search. I’m happy with a USA Gear Pro Series “Gear S-6” for $14.95 from Amazon through Accessory Genie. See my reviews of that case and the Case Logic TBC-5 Medium Case I didn’t like for this application.

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