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Canon HF10 High Definition Camcorder - 12x Optical Zoom With 2.7 inch Widescreen Multi-angle Vivid LCD

by Canon

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  • 1920x1080 full HD camcorder with 16Gb internal memory and memory card slot
  • Stylishly compact design featuring Multiangle Vivid LCD
  • Instant AF and Super Range OIS
  • Improved battery for longer shooting times
  • Full 3.1MP still camera function


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  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 12.9 x 6.4 cm ; 381 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.8 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2574B006AA
  • ASIN: B0012BC054
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 8 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,837 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Box Contains

  • Canon HF10
  • Wireless controller
  • Stereo Video cable
  • compact power adaptor
  • AC cable
  • wrist strap
  • interface cable
  • component cable
  • Digital Video Solutions Disc.

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Harshad K. Rami on 21 Jun 2008
Bought this about a month ago to replace my old DV tape camcorder that's a few years old now. First of all the size....its small as it does not have a hard disc drive and relies on in built flash memory (16gb) that is good enough for 2hrs to capture HD quality movie or 6hrs at lesser resolution. You can capture data on a SDHC card and potentially add a further 16gb.

I am one of the few without a HD TV yet but even on a standard CRT TV the HD picture is simply amazing. There is a simple one button setup if you do not want to play with individual settings but even that is pretty easy to manipulate and use. Transfering the recorded pictures to DVD is fairly straight forward....if you like me are not into fancy editing and are initally careful about what you are recording then a 'dump' on to a DVD is easy but you will need a good spec PC to handle the data. Stills are captured at 3M pixles though I for one will rely on my Canon ixus 960iS to do that.

In summary am really pleased with my purchase..I looked at other brand comparable HD camcorders but the Canon HF10 is the best in my opinion for the price ...and flash memory is the way of the future.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful By N. S. Collingridge on 8 Aug 2008
I did quite a bit of research before buying this product (I actually bought a HF100 which is identical apart from the lack of built-in memory) and was very encouraged by all of the glowing reviews, all of which seemed to say that this is the best of the bunch of current consumer HD camcorders. My experience with the product has largely confirmed these verdicts. The camera is compact, a joy to handle, and produces pretty good results in almost all circumstances, except low light conditions.

The only significant downside is that the battery life with the standard battery is less than ideal. When fully charged it promises about 60mins of usage, but this is reduced by using the standby facility to more like 40mins or so of active filming. I would recommend the purchase of a second standard or extended life battery if this is going to be an issue.

Another thing to beware of is that although the sound quality from the built-in microphone is generally excellent, it is prone to overloading in a very unpleasant way in the presence of loud sounds (such as near to the stage at WOMAD, which is where I belatedly discovered this problem!). I don't know why it doesn't have some sort of limited to guard against this problem. You can alter the sensitivity of the mic, which should address the problem, but you need to be monitoring the sound with headphones at the time of recording to know that this is necessary.

Editing with iMovie on an Apple MacBook is very straightforward with no issues whatsoever like any Apple product - it just works.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mat on 2 Mar 2009
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I bought this Camcorder in a hurry after my Sony camcorder suddenly broke after only two and a half years (note to self, never buy Sony again). Having had two Canon Ixus digital cameras and found them excellent, and seeing the good reviews on Amazon, the HF10 seemed the one to go for, and so far I have not been disappointed. (At the time, the HF100 was only about £20 less, so having some extra built-in memory was worth the extra money).

Although a lot more expensive than my Sony was, it is such a big step up in quality and ease of use. With the Sony, every recording had the annoying background sound of the Mini DVD whirring away. And trying to link the Sony up to our laptop proved to be impossible. The debates over different recording and disk formats was a constant headache, and it seemed that camcorders were still stuck in the dark ages compared to still digital photography. The Canon changes all that, and although I haven't had a chance to do any major editing on the computer, it all seems to work easily and intuitively.

So if you are wondering whether it's worth the extra money to go for hard drive / flash recording rather than DVD, I would say it definitely is if you can afford it, and the Canon is dead-easy to use and produces excellent results.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Hart on 21 April 2009
Superb product and great for the family guy wanting hi-def video. This camera records on SDHC card and built in 16GB memory which gives many hours of hi-def recording - I've had mine for about a year and not used it up yet despite my 2 year old!

Two things are not brilliant, low-light recording becomes very grainy - this camera (like all I suppose) prefers well-lit scenes where it performs brilliantly. Secondly the battery life (approx 2 hours on one charge) is about right for "family guy" getting the odd few shots (so long as it was fully charged overnight before you take it out for the day). I would recommend getting another battery if you're planning to film an entire wedding day (ceremony and reception), as the supplied battery will struggle. Also, make sure you get a Cat 5 SDHC memory card (I recommend at least 16GB), to ensure that it can keep up with the data transfer required for HD footage.

Besides these niggles, and having recently connected it up to my new HD television (using the SD component connection only) it produced absolutely superb results - I can't wait to connect it up via HDMI (don't forget you'll need a cable with a mini HDMI connector at one end for the camera - it isn't supplied).
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