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Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder

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Product Highlights
  • SDHC Memory Card Slot
  • 8.59Mp 1/2.6" CMOS
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens
  • 2.7" Multi-Angle Widescreen LCD
  • SuperRange Optical O.I.S.
  • 1920 x 1080 HD
  • HDMI Mini
  • Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe

The Canon HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder boasts lightweight design and a generous 8.59Mp CMOS sensor. The camera can record up to 6 hours of HD video to a removable SDHC card as well as 8Mp digital stills. Working with the HD sensor to help make all your memories beautiful would be the 10x HD Video Lens, 2.7" Multi-Angle Widescreen LCD and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, while features such as Face Detection and Pre-record mode, among others, help the casual shooter get the shot.

The HF S100 goes beyond home movies with features specially included for the aspiring film-maker. The camera has microphone and headphone terminals and a Mini Advanced Accessory shoe for holding external lights and mics. Not only that, but 24p Cinema mode gives your video a film-look while 30p Progressive mode is ideal for action or sports footage.

The HF S100 is a lightweight, convenient camcorder that gives you great quality images and then some.

Record HD Video to SDHC Memory Cards
Record up to 6 hours of high definition video to removable SDHC memory cards. Recording to SDHC flash memory cards keeps things simple and frees you up from carrying around bulky media.
Image Sensor & DIGIC DV III
Capture vivid color and clean images with the 8.59Mp Full HD CMOS sensor. Along with the DIGIC DV III Image Processor you'll see excellent color reproduction, reduced image noise and great low light recordings.
Canon 10x HD Video Lens
The 10x HD Video Lens captures landscapes and tight shots easily, while providing 4 fixed zoom speeds for fluid transitions. The Super Spectra Coating keeps flare and ghosting at bay while the lens' aspheric design cuts down on aberration and boosts resolution.
2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
The multi-angle widescreen LCD gives you a generous display on which to compose and playback your shots, not to mention the ability to shoot from more angles. The hard coat Anti-Reflection surface reproduces color accurately with reduced glare and enhanced contrast.
8Mp Digital Stills
Capture 8Mp digital photos to SDHC memory cards and enjoy special functions that make shooting easier, like the Histogram Display, scene modes and auto focus. You can also simultaneously capture still images while shooting video or capture stills from already recorded footage
SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer corrects for hand shake, moving subjects and the inevitable slight bump. SuperRange Gyro and image sensors also correct for a wider range of incidents such as body sway and recording in a moving car as well as ensuring no loss in image quality.
Creative Control & Workflow Features
  • Microphone and headphone terminals
  • Built-in flash for stills indoors or in low light
  • HDMI for watching videos on HDTV with just one cable
  • Pre-record: Camera records 3 seconds of video before you press record
  • Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe for attaching Canon lights and microphones
  • 24Mbps recording allows for recording of the highest quality AVCHD video
  • Face Detection: sharp focus and accurate exposures of everyone in the scene
  • Video Snapshot Mode: Capture a series of 4 second video clips - add music background
  • 24p Cinema Mode gives your videos a "film-look" - enhanced when used with the CINE setting
  • 30p Progressive Mode great for action or sports footage or video that will be uploaded to the Internet
Camera
Sensor 8.59 Megapixel 1/2.6"  
Optics
Lens 6.4 - 64 mm
f/1.8 - 3.0
Zoom : 10x
: 200x
Filter Size 58 mm
Recording
Recording Media  32  1
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SD/SDHC memory card not included

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Recording Time GB
LP: 12 hours, 15 minutes
XP+: 5 hours, 45 minutes
MXP: 2 hours, 55 minutes (allows 1920 x 1080 full HD recording)
Video Format

1920 x 1080 / fps
1440 x 1080 / fps / fps
Still Image Resolution : 8 Megapixel
Channels 2.0-Channel
Display
Screen Size 2.7"
Features
Lux .3 (Night Mode)
Built-in Light/Flash Light -
Flash -
Tripod Mount 1/4"
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs 1x 
Outputs 1x 
1x 
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General
System Requirements Windows
  • XP
    Vista

Mac
2
Please Note:

Included software not compatible with Mac. File type can be edited in some Mac programs

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Battery -, 890mAh 3
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Specifications for the included BP-807 battery

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Power Adapter 100-240, 50/60HZ
Dimensions (WxHxD) 2.8 x 2.7 x 5.4" / 71.1 x 68.6 x 137.2 mm
Weight 1.1 lb / 498.95 g
Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder
  • VIXIA HF S100 Camcorder
  • BP-807 Battery Pack
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D88
  • Component Cable CTC-100/S
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • USB Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
  • Digital Video Solution Disk
  • Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Video Editing Software
  • Music CD
  • 1-Year Limited Parts & Labor Warranty
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    CanonVIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder
     
    4.7

    (based on 181 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (128)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (47)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great picture quality (172)
    • Zoom range/performance (104)
    • Easy to use (101)
    • Great sound (95)
    • Comfortable to operate (79)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (23)
    • Poor battery life (13)
    • Poor sound (9)
    • Short battery life (7)
    • Limited zoom (6)

    Best Uses

    • Home movies (139)
    • HD shooting (127)
    • Travel (123)
    • Documentaries (75)
    • Movies/short films (74)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (66), Casual user (57), Semi-pro (39), Pro videographer (14)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Superior Camera

    The Canon HF S100 is a superior camera for general purpose HD shooting. As a film school student I put massive demands on the equipment I use and the HF S100 has by far...Read complete review

    The Canon HF S100 is a superior camera for general purpose HD shooting. As a film school student I put massive demands on the equipment I use and the HF S100 has by far been the best camera I've used this semester.

    The controls are easy to use and understand and the camera has a lot of tools and unique menu options that actually make the camera more functional instead of novel.

    On screen overlays are fantastic and help you keep a steady horizon. The menu's are easy to navigate and the joystick style navigation is way more effective as a navigation tool than Sony's touch screens.

    A quick note though, I was unaware of a lot of the camera's functionality until I figured out that by pressing the joystick up and down in Camcorder mode, you access a lot of sub menu's that seem curiously absent in the main menu, like Gain, Mic Input and Onboard Light.

    The image quality is absolutely amazing. In my opinion the camera beats out other prosumer cameras in the 2,000$ range. Case in point, this camera annihilates color on the Sony FX7 when we did a point by point comparison.

    Great low light functionality and a passable image stabilizer, if not as good as Sony's.

    The mic is really good for an on board and separates stereo channels well, as the stereo mic is split and placed on either side of the lens.

    My only criticism of this camera are that the manual focus ring takes *forever* to move between infinity and macro settings. It takes a few seconds of hurried spinning to make the focus fly between different subjects in the field. So if you want to rack focus, forget about it. That being said, few people looking at a camera in this price range will need the camera options for those kind of advanced techniques.

    The camera's codec (AVCHD) is highly compressed, and most editing suite's do not have support for this codec and require you to convert them to a native codec in order to edit. For me, I don't mind. The flexibility of card capturing is well worth the extra time. It usually takes less time to convert than it would to capture the equivalent amount of time from HDV. It just requires an extra touch of tough savviness, that's all.

    The build feels a little less solid than other camcorders I've used. Also, as anyone else has said, the automatic lens cover rattles when it's closed but I could care less.

    This camera is an amazing piece of kit, and a perfect choice for the beginning indie film maker, documentary or just all around camera jockey.

    Fully recommended, check it out it won't dissapoint.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice camera, .mts files are a drag!

    I bought this camera to begin recording some of those milestones my young son was making during his first few months. I went with the HFS100 due to my loyalty to wonderful canon products...Read complete review

    I bought this camera to begin recording some of those milestones my young son was making during his first few months. I went with the HFS100 due to my loyalty to wonderful canon products (T1i) as well as the excellent reviews the camera has received. Overall I'm very pleased with the camera. After dealing with no auto focus on my T1i, this thing is great.

    I do have a couple of issues with the camera. It seems to perform very poorly in low light conditions. By low light, I mean the light in your house! I light my home with typical incandescent and florescent lighting but all my indoor videos come out being very dark. Much darker than it seems with my own eyes and darker than videos I shot with my Canon t1i.

    Another issue I have is the .mts files. It's a strange video format extension and I've had issues trying to convert the files over to formats that Windows Live Movie Maker can handle.

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    1.0

    Too many problems

    By THROW

    from wichita, ks

    About Me Semi-pro Videographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light
      • Poor Sound
      • Poor Still Image

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

        Short and simple.
        Picture quality great as long as you have good light.
        I have contacted Canon a number of times about problems with the camera and they keep telling me that it is not their problem even though the camera is under warranty.
        I spent well over a grand on my camera and it is ridiculous that this is the kind of customer service that I get!

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        5.0

        I hardly have need for a snapshot camera

        By ZINFS

        from Fulton, IL

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Limited Zoom

        Best Uses

        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

        Although I bought this to replace an old Sony Hi-8, I found that the snapshot pictures are so good that we hardly use our Nikon D40 unless we want a special lens. I got my HF 100 for half price because it was a refurbished, but this camera is worth it at full price! I still have not decided if I will install the software that came with it as reviews I've read on the WEB are very negative. Also, avoid touch screen models, since the screens will need recalibrated. The toggle on this model works just fine.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Fantastic!

        By Charlie

        from Cream Ridge, NJ

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Image Stabilization
        • Good in Low Light
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Documentaries
          • HD Shooting
          • Home Movies
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Movies/Short Films
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

          I primarily use my HF S100 in conjunction with a Depth of Field adapter and a Nikon prime lens. The image quality is stunning and the performance in low-light is the best I've seen for a camcorder in this class.

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          5.0

          Vixia HF S100 awesome camcorder

          By vsMusic

          from North Brunswick, NJ

          About Me Video Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Great Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

            This is an excellent camcorder, the picture quality is brilliant. I used the mxp mode to shoot the video of an engagement party. Needless, to say the picture was awesome, colors very vibrant and true to life.

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            5.0

            hf s100

            By Hank

            from Grants, NM

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Great Zoom
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Documentaries
              • Home Movies
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

              I haven;t finished my test as of yet. However, from what I have done i would recommend it to anyone wishing to do video. As far as stills i still prefer a still camera. I tried it indoors as well as outdoors and it picks up skin tones and other color correction very well. Instructions need more detail.

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              5.0

              I love it

              By Amy

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Good Image Stabilization
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Great Sound
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Zoom range/performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Documentaries
                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Movies/Short Films
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                This is a great camera for all types of situations. It's clear and crisp resolution makes for wonderfully elegant shots in most lighting situations. It has easy-to-use settings for personalized exposer. Don't let the many buttons confuse you, it has simple navigation. Most camcorders that take both pictures and videos are confusing and make it hard to transition between the two, but not the VIXIA HF S100.

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                4.0

                Good performer for the money

                By Jim

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • HD Shooting
                  • Home Movies
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                  This is my first digital HD video camera. I normally shoot still photos with Nikon D3 and pro lenses. I wanted a good HD video camera that only wrote to removable memory and was compact in size. The HF S100 fits that bill. So far, I've shot several youth baseball and soccer games and an indoor concert. The HF S100 performed well in all situations. Some observations: For sports, sometimes the focus is slow. For example shooting the batter then quickly panning to capture the fielder fielding the ball. Many times the camera took what seemed to be a while to lock onto the new subject. This occurred even using the instant focus option. For soccer, tracking running players worked fine, but same as in baseball, when the ball was kicked down the field, there was a lag in focus trying to capture the new subject. However, for the most part this was a slight annoyance and did not stop me from getting great action shots. As for the concert, the hall was dark except for the stage. I was able to record the band members quite well with very little noise.
                  There are many features available on this camera that one should read the manual about and understand. For example, you can increase or decrease the mic sensitivity. It is almost always necessary to increase the sensitivity if you are trying to capture voices that are more than 10 feet from the camera. Increasing the sensitivity does work well.
                  Out of the box, the camera is not usable. You must purchase a memory card to record video on. Memory cards are not included. The battery included with the camera is one of the smallest/lowest output of the Canon batteries. I purchased the big 2670MaH Li-ion Canon battery which I've been unable to drain. Was able to leave the camera on through an entire 7 inning youth baseball game (about 3 hours). I also purchased an external battery charger and a neck strap. These are all necessary accessories. The editing software that ships with the camera is poor at best, but will allow you to view your videos and convert them to something you can post on a website or email. Recommend purchasing real video editing software that can take advantage of the high quality video this camera outputs. Overall, I'm quite pleased with the performance of the camera and would recommend.

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                  4.0

                  vixia hfs100 camcorder

                  By barley masher

                  from houston

                  About Me Casual User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Large Clear LCD

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                      This is a very good camcorder for the price. I bought it since its now priced lower as its been out a year or so. Works as point and shoot as well as many manual controls.

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                      5.0

                      HFS100 Review

                      By AR

                      from Fremont, CA

                      About Me Video Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Great Sound
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Zoom range/performance

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • HD Shooting
                        • Home Movies
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Movies/Short Films
                        • Travel
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                        HFS100 is a excellent camcorder and I got great deal from B&H.

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                        5.0

                        Nice small camera and image quality

                        By rh

                        from Lansing, Michigan

                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • Good in Low Light
                        • Great Picture Quality
                        • Great Zoom
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Documentaries
                          • HD Shooting
                          • Home Movies
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Movies/Short Films
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                          Great little camera. Excellent video quality even in low light. I like that it shoots to SD card too!

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                            5.0

                            Exceptional Value

                            By iVid

                            from Washington, DC

                            About Me Video Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Movies
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                              As noted in other reviews, the recording quality of this camcorder is excellent. The addition of a 58mm lens filter is recommended as the retractable lens cover is rather loose. I have used this camcorder for corporate meeting/training videos where "spontaneous/unrehearsed" moments from less formal events can be taped without being overly intrusive. Sound is good, but addition of adapter for use of XLR microphone is recommended if the audio quality is of great importance to you. Now that it is discontinued with promotional pricing it is an exceptional value.

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                              5.0

                              Absolutely Incredible!

                              By Happy Customer

                              from Northern California

                              About Me Casual User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                              • Ok in low light

                              Best Uses

                              • Documentaries
                              • HD Shooting
                              • Home Movies
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Movies/Short Films
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                              We ordered this camera prior about a week prior to the birth of our son, and received it a couple of days before the big event. The camera is very intuitive, and easy to use. The controls are straightforward, and the layout and design is excellent. The video quality if truly gorgeous. The camera function captures colors beautifully. The ease of ordering from this company was one of the best I have ever encountered. Overall I am very impressed with the camera, its quality and B&H Photo!

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                              4.0

                              Great Camera

                              By K

                              from Hawaii

                              About Me Video Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy to Use
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • Good in Low Light
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Great Sound
                              • Great Zoom
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Zoom range/performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Documentaries
                                • HD Shooting
                                • Home Movies
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Movies/Short Films
                                • Travel
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                Great in good lit out door shotsGood in low light, shot a fashion show which was out doors at night with poor lighting and the camera performed better than expected. Had a little problem with the manual zoom feature using the programable adjustment wheel in the front bottom left of the lens while shooting. It feels good but it takes a little getting used to and it is hard to turn the wheel without affecting the shot. So I used the joystick instead. I like that I can connect it with my mac and use imovie to edit my shots, just takes a little while to connect so be patient if you try this. Just plug in the included USB and hit the review button on the lcd and connect to PC and it will take a couple mins. but it will connect with imovie openAll in all I would buy it again and recommend. I got it for [$]. Keep in mind that you have to buy a SD card can be pricy for good ones and that some of the included video editing software is not compatible with Mac.

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                                5.0

                                Top notch HD camcorder

                                By scgentry

                                from Natchitoches, LA

                                About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Documentaries
                                  • HD Shooting
                                  • Home Movies
                                  • Movies/Short Films

                                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                  Pros: great picture quality, lightweight, easy to use, canon greatness!
                                  Cons: shutter cover rattles, micro hotshoe which requires an adapter for my wireless microphone system.

                                  Overall, I excepted nothing less than satisfactory and that's what I got with this great camcorder. I'm a Nikonian owning nothing but Nikon equipment, but when I made the choice to purchase this Canon product, I'm so glad I did because it has great HD results. I import my footage into Premiere Pro and start editing in no time!

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Video

                                  By RiverPaddler

                                  from Hattiesburg, MS

                                  About Me Casual User

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Great Picture Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Movies
                                    • Travel

                                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                    Well this is my first camcorder since the older mini-vhs type and I am really pleased with the quality of the video and the ease of editing the video on my Mac.

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                                    5.0

                                    Wonderful Video Camer

                                    By Scott

                                    from Northern, VA

                                    About Me Casual User

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Good Image Stabilization
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Great Zoom
                                    • Large Clear LCD
                                    • Zoom range/performance

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • HD Shooting
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                      I have to admit to using primarily Canon cameras. This one has not disappointed me in any way. I installed a Class 6 card and have no problems. It does what I need.

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                                      5.0

                                      We love it.

                                      By Maverick

                                      from Surprise AZ

                                      About Me Casual User

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Good Image Stabilization
                                      • Good in Low Light
                                      • Great Picture Quality
                                      • Great Sound
                                      • Large Clear LCD

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • HD Shooting
                                        • Home Movies
                                        • Indoors/Low Light
                                        • Movies/Short Films
                                        • Travel

                                        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                        Have not had time to really put it through its potential paces.

                                        Haven't even learned many of the great features.

                                        This is our first camcorder — experienced with VHS but they don't hold a candle to this gem.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great camera! Lives to expectations.

                                        By Adi

                                        from Los Altos, CA

                                        About Me Semi-pro Videographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Good Image Stabilization
                                        • Great Picture Quality
                                        • Large Clear LCD

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Documentaries
                                          • HD Shooting
                                          • Home Movies
                                          • Movies/Short Films
                                          • Travel
                                          • Weddings/Events

                                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                          I've had this camera for about 10 days and the shots it takes are astonishing! I'm using the lowest level HD (XP+), yet the shots come out crispy clear. Although the analog zoom is only 10x, which had me worried initially, but since the picture is so clear to begin with, if when I zoom in at 40x digital, the picture is still very clear. Another feature that comes in handy is the ability to shoot stills (up to 5/second) while shooting the video. The stills are also beautiful. I did get the 32GB fast transfer (15MB/sec) SD card, which I'm sure helps to assure things run smoothly.

                                          One thing to keep in mind, though, is that if you're editing the movies on a Mac, you'll need to have a Mac with an Intel processor, otherwise you won't be able to use the HD features of the movie.

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                                          5.0

                                          Awesome cam

                                          By Maxwellsteel

                                          from Michigan

                                          About Me Video Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Good Image Stabilization
                                          • Good in Low Light
                                          • Great Picture Quality
                                          • Great Sound
                                          • Great Zoom
                                          • Large Clear LCD
                                          • Zoom range/performance

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Documentaries
                                            • HD Shooting
                                            • Home Movies
                                            • Indoors/Low Light
                                            • Movies/Short Films
                                            • Travel
                                            • Weddings/Events

                                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                            Easy to use.Video is great.Pictures are great.Like the flash and light.All around, perfect for my YouTube videos.[...]

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                                            4.0

                                            Easy to use and customize setup

                                            By Mohan

                                            from Atlanta, GA

                                            About Me Casual User

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easy to Use
                                            • Great Picture Quality
                                            • Great Sound
                                            • Great Zoom
                                            • Large Clear LCD

                                            Cons

                                            • Accompanying software
                                            • Poor In Low Light

                                            Best Uses

                                            • HD Shooting
                                            • Home Movies

                                            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory High Definition Camcorder:

                                            Occasional home video

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                                            Batteries & Power

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                                            Don't get caught without power, always have a spare battery.

                                            Canon -  BP-809B Replacement Battery Pack (890mAh)
                                            • You Pay: $30.00
                                            Used Dept.
                                             
                                            Pearstone -  BP-827 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 2100mAh)
                                            • You Pay: $49.95
                                            Used Dept.
                                             

                                            Bags & Cases

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                                            Carry, store, and protect all your equipment with a bag or case.

                                            Pearstone -  Onyx 1030 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                            • You Pay: $17.95
                                             
                                            Pearstone -  Onyx 1040 Digital Camera/Camcorder Shoulder Bag
                                            • You Pay: $19.95
                                             

                                            Protect your lens or produce a desired visual effect by adding a filter.

                                            Hoya -  58mm Ultraviolet UV (C) Haze Multicoated Filter
                                            • Reg. Price: $26.90
                                            • Instant Savings: -$10.90
                                            • You Pay: $16.00
                                            • Limited supply at this price
                                             

                                            Lenses & Adaptors

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                                            Capture the right view with a conversion lens.

                                            Impact -  DVP-WA50-58 58mm .5x Hi-Grade Wide Lens
                                            • You Pay: $129.95
                                             

                                            External Microphones

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                                            Enhance the quality of your audio recording with an external microphone.

                                            Canon -  DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone
                                            • You Pay: $189.95
                                             

                                            On-Camera Lights

                                            Adjust the lighting for virtually any indoor and many outdoor applications.

                                            General Brand -  Straight Flash Bracket
                                            • You Pay: $7.95
                                             
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