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CanonVIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (91)
  • Comfortable to operate (73)
  • Simple controls (71)
  • Great features (62)
  • Versatile (44)

Cons

  • Poor battery life (46)
  • Uncomfortable (7)
  • Poor sound (6)
  • Inadequate features (4)
  • Flimsy construction (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (69)
  • Home movies (47)
  • Movies/short films (43)
  • HD shooting (36)
  • Family (34)
    • How long have you owned it:
    • A month or less

       

      91% 

      (10 reviews)

      One-to-three months

       

      Three-to-six months

       

      More than six months

       
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual user (35), Enthusiast (34), Semi-pro (10), Professional (8), Pro videographer (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent 24P HD mini-camera

Purchased this camcorder for "B-Roll" cutaways in awkward filming locations where our Sony F900R might attract attention. We also needed it for behind-the-scenes footage of commercial projects. The 24P 1080...Read complete review

Purchased this camcorder for "B-Roll" cutaways in awkward filming locations where our Sony F900R might attract attention. We also needed it for behind-the-scenes footage of commercial projects. The 24P 1080 images from the HF-10 are excellent. You must use the highest quality record settings and set the custom menu to low contrast, low saturation, low brightness (gamma) and low sharpening. Set the shutter to 1/48th. We import the HF-10's files into Final Cut which converts them ProResHQ quicktime files. We then use Apple's Compressor to remove the 3-2 pulldown. (The HF-10 only records 1080i, so 24P mode has pulldown added.) You need to buy a couple extra batteries. Low light performance is outstanding. This new Canon CMOS imager is almost immune to vertical line smearing on highlights. Instead it creates a slight star effect at 45 degrees on bright highlights that looks intentional and acceptable. The AVCHD encoding is excellent and superior to HDV at similar data rates. Canon doesn't mention it, but the mini-HDMI connector on the side actually outputs non-compressed 1080i video with embedded audio when the camera is outputting a live video image. The HF-10 does have some negatives... The manual focus method is almost impossible to use on a moving object. The auto focus system seems slow to react to a new scene or a rapidly changing scene. The 12x1 lens is good and sharp, but I'd rather see a wider lens at the expense of the telephoto end. You'll probably want to purchase a wide angle adapter lens. Also, turn the audio attenuator mode on as the camera can be overloaded by loud street sounds. If you record to an SDHC memory card make sure it's at least a Class 4 or higher. These cards can be ejected and played back from the SD slot of Panasonic latest BluRay players. Overall, I've never seen a tiny camera produce a better 1080 image.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Excellent Camera, Battery design stinks

Excellent camera, video is great in HD. Menus are a little confusing to navigate. Ergonomics of the camera are overall good, although the mode dial is uncomfortable to reach with a thumb....Read complete review

Excellent camera, video is great in HD. Menus are a little confusing to navigate. Ergonomics of the camera are overall good, although the mode dial is uncomfortable to reach with a thumb. Small, fits in hand nicely for normal sized hands like me. Black shows fingerprint oils very easily but looks professional and overall better than silver in my opinion. Now for the battery...As many others have mentioned the battery life is weak, maybe 45 minutes per charge if you're lucky. I would go so far as to say, like in my title as to say it stinks or that it is just pathetic. Higher capacity battery is not necessary, it's mandatory and not cheap! It also sticks out of the back of the camera, which can change how you hold it. Now on to the part that irks me most about the overall battery design. There is no external charger! The camera is the charger, which is very inconvenient in my opinion, and it is sold as an accessory which ranges from $70 to $90, ouch! Good luck traveling with thisThis is really not a [$] camera when all is said and done, it's at least $100 more. because all the battery deficiencies they leave out of the package are something you have to have for even the most recreational of uses of this camera. Otherwise it does HD well, feels nice in the hand, and has great optics. Just make sure and understand the battery seems like and afterthought.

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5.0

JUST EXCELLENT HD RESULTS

By oilmanowen

from bayside ny

About Me Video Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Comfortable to Operate
  • Durable
  • Great Features
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Great Sound
  • Simple Controls
  • Versatile

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • HD Shooting
  • Just for fun
  • Travel

Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

I love this palm sized semi prosumer
12X Optical zoom HD Camcorder......
I strongly reccomend it.........
Canon truly dominates the consumer as well as the pro HD Camcorder market

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5.0

Simply Perfect

By Nate

from Logan, UT

About Me Video Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable to Operate
  • Great Features
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Simple Controls
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Battery Life

Best Uses

  • HD Shooting
  • Home Movies
  • Travel

Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

I am a new father and am quite impressed the amount of detail that this camcorder is equipped to handle. The video that I have shot so far will be priceless in the years to come to my family. Shortly after buying the HF-10 I came across the two comparable camcorders that I had researched along with the Canon at a local store. After only a few seconds of using the others I had known that I had made the right decision. Needless to say, the Canon was the far superior of its class.

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5.0

Excellent Camcorder

By Sirfur Productions

from Corpus Christi, TX

About Me Pro Videographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable to Operate
  • Great Features
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Simple Controls
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Poor Battery Life

Best Uses

  • Documentaries
  • HD Shooting
  • Movies/Short Films
  • Sports action

Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

I run a small video production company centered on the Surf scene.
I purchased this camera in making the conversion from SD to HD and I have been impressed.

Who knew such great quality, full 1080HD footage could come from such a small camera?
Much better than dragging around all of the large "Pro" equipment.

I recommend this camera for anyone wanting "Top of the line" video.

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5.0

Don't settle for less

By the teach

from Great Falls, Mt

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable to Operate
  • Durable
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Simple Controls
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies
    • Travel

    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

    I bought this camera for my daughter as a birthday present. She loves it and has called me several times saying how easy it is to use and download the moment. This camera had great reviews on cnet and on B&H so far it has been a great choice.

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    4.0

    Great For Home Movies

    By Powers

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Video Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Comfortable to Operate
    • Great Features
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

    • Lens needs to be wider
    • Poor Battery Life

    Best Uses

    • Home Movies

    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

    We use our camera to take videos of our new baby. It's great for this.

    No problems after a few weeks of use. The only thing that needs to be better is the batter life and lens.

    The lens is not nearly wide enough so I plan on buying the wide lens adapter soon.

    Controls could be a little better, but I read that the new version of this camera has an updated UI.

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    5.0

    Perfect for New Parents

    By Tooner23

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Casual User

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Great Sound
    • Simple Controls

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

      I am not very good with technology and this simple but high quality camcorder is perfect for the everyday use of new parents.

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      4.0

      Beautiful HD Movies

      By G.T.S.

      from Washington, D.C.

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Wind Noise

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

      I read numerous reviews about this camcorder and its higher-priced brethren, particularly the HF-11. I opted for the HF-10 (apparently now discontinued) because the difference in flash memory (16 GB) between the two camcorders could easily be resolved by acquiring a moderately priced SDHC card. That cost of the SDHC card represents less than half the price differential between the HF-10 and HF-11.

      The HF-10 takes beautiful HD movies. I haven't used it as a still camera because I generally carry a Canon G9 with me for that purpose. The two fit nicely together in a relatively small camera bag. They can also share the same SDHC card. Another reason I didn't buy the HF-11 was because I already owned a 16 GB class 6 SDHC card.

      Thus far I've filmed a couple of my son's soccer games. Despite Canon's IS capabilities, a monopod/unipod is suggested for action shots.

      Playback on my HDTV was lovely. An HDMI cable would have been nice, but the included component video cable works fine. On a PC in order to take full advantage of the HD format (editing/playback), you'll need a reasonably new CPU. My 5-year-old Intel P4 3.4 GHz processor doesn't cut it. But my 3-year-old Intel-based (Core 2 Duo) Mac Powerbook works like a champ. I first had to upgrade to iLife '09, which works great with the HF-10.

      The included software with the HF-10 is for Windows-based systems. The bundled software is ImageMixer 3 SE by Pixela. Check their website for specifications and system requirements. Don't wait 'til after your purchase, like I did.

      Another thing to keep in mind is that you'll need somewhere to store all the HD content. Approximately 45 mins. of HD content consumed almost 50GB of space on my laptop's hard drive.

      The audio is very clear as well. However, the mic picked up a good bit of noise from the wind. And it wasn't a particularly windy day in D.C.

      Overall, this is a very solid piece of equipment.

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      4.0

      Good product, does what it says

      By b w a

      from upland, ca

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Great Sound
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Complicated To Operate

      Best Uses

      • HD Shooting
      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

      mainly small clips of outdoor adventures and family times...also takes pretty good pictures

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      5.0

      Great camcorder, even being so small

      By 127volts

      from Belo Horizonte, MG (Brazil)

      About Me Video Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Durable
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Poor Battery Life
      • Poor Sound

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

      Great picture quality in almost all situations. In some cases, you will think it will be not possible to shot, but dont worry, it can. The software is terrible, it doesn't work with my Vista 64. And to put files back in the camera (using it as a player), be patience, because you can't just copy them to the memories; there is some steps to be done. But overall, the camcorder is really amazing. Color and resolution are always correct and the zoom seems to be much better than the number 12x suggests.

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      4.0

      Amazing Videos from a small package

      By Chuckles

      from Mayfield, Kentucky

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

      • Poor Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Home Movies
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

      My wife and I were very impressed with the video quality of the camera. It is very light weight compared to our older Sony DV recorder. The biggest complaint is the need for a second battery because of it's short life. I also have concerns that the high gloss black plastic camera body will be prone to getting scratched with normal use.

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      4.0

      Superb camera

      By audiobuff2

      from MIdwest, USA

      About Me Casual User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable to Operate
      • Great Features
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Simple Controls

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

        I use this for recording my kid's sporting events and for family gatherings. Worked great indoors and out. The only time there was an issue with image quality was when I recorded with only one table lamp and the tv for lighting. Items near the lamp were fine, descending to shadows where there were, well, shadows. Recorded some gymnastics competitions and the zoom along with image stabilization are far ahead of my previous, dinosaur camcorder. Even across a large basketball center where the event was held.

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        4.0

        Great value for great quality!

        By Stonervoodoo

        from Lancaster, PA

        About Me Video Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable to Operate
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Simple Controls
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Poor Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • HD Shooting
        • Home Movies
        • Travel

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

        I havent done a TON of filming as of yet but what I have shot thus far is incredible. I use it for action video (namely bike riding) and it seems to work wonderfully. The quality is incredible even when its hooked up to our 46 HDTV.

        The second I got it I immediatly picked up on the majority of the functions and it was incredible easy to use. Thats always been something I loved about Canon products.

        I only have a few gripes about the camera. The battery life is very short, at least with respect to how much battery life you get compared to how much memory there is. Its just over an hour...two max. Generally just means that it has to be shut off when its not being used.
        The other is the file format. There are still not a huge number of products that support the AVCHD format. You have to use the software provided with the camera to upload the footage to your computer...unless you plan to purchase an alternative program. Its not drag and drop like most hard drive cameras. The software that comes with the camera however is simple, quick, and easy to use so its certainly not that big of a deal.

        If your in the market for a HD camcorder this is by far the best I could find in this price range with flash memory. I would recommend this to any aspiring home movie maker.

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        5.0

        The One and Only Canon HF-10

        By ProVid Ben

        from OKC, OK

        About Me Pro Videographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable to Operate
        • Durable
        • Great Features
        • Great Picture Quality
        • Great Sound
        • Simple Controls
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

            I have been looking for a Small and Compact camcorder that can produce professional high quality footage. I have found it, the Canon HF-10 camcorder gets my 5 Star Review because the HD lense and the Flash Memory storage. Canon Well Done!

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            5.0

            Great HDD HD Camera

            By muffin57

            from Hawthorne, New Jersey

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

            So far I love this camera. The video is excellent. Very easy to use with iMovie 09'. Also easy to back up footage to an external hard drive. No complaints so far.

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            5.0

            Great little camera!

            By rothor

            from Norfolk, VA

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Zoom starts by itself

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Travel

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

            I use the camera for vacations, when I don't want to lug a big camera around. I never expect the coin-sized lens to be as good as a full size lens on a bigger camera like the Sony HDR-FX1. The manual is not user friendly, but the camera is fairly easy to figure out without it. The included video editing software does not work for Macs, and that is disappointing. The iMovie will accept the AVCHD files, reportedly, but only after I buy a 2008 upgrade. The zoom sometimes "wanders" and slowly zooms in on a subject without touching the zoom button.

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            4.0

            A very good deal for the money,

            By dave tv

            from keller texas

            About Me Semi-pro Videographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Battery Life

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

            Very compact could use a bigger battery,but overall I would recomend it to anyone.

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            5.0

            Great Bang for your Buck

            By Sebastian

            from Washington DC

            About Me Video Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Simple Controls
            • Versatile

            Cons

            • Poor Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Documentaries
            • HD Shooting
            • Movies/Short Films

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

            As a budding videographer, I knew I needed a camera with good picture and dependable construction for a fair price. That's where I found the Vixia HF-10, it's overall quality in all aspects is just superb. It's HD capabilities are amazing, the built-in storage is a lifesaver, because twice already I've ran out of the house leaving my SD cards behind ,oops. In low light situations the camera struggles to reduce noise in the picture and does an okay job, but if you can, just add more light where you're shooting. This camera so far has only two achilles heels to it: battery time, and focal point. The battery barely lasts for half of the available record time for the built in storage, 50 minutes in Full HD, but It's easy to just purchase a secondary battery (something to always do anyways). For shooting indoors, and when you want your subjects to be close I would definitely advise to buy a wide angle lens, because with this camera a lot of stuff can feel very cramped on screen. Overall, this camera is fantastic, and I am loving the movies I'm getting out of it!

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            5.0

            Light Weight and more fun

            By sssgounder

            from Seattle,WA

            About Me Casual User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable to Operate
            • Durable
            • Great Features
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Great Sound
            • Simple Controls
            • Weight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

              This is great camera. It is easy to handle. 16GB Flash card is very nice and it makes the camera small and light weight. I like the cinema mode and manual mode. It is easy to handle. The easy start button is very useful also.

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              5.0

              Great for Price point

              By Mythmaker

              from New Hampshire

              About Me Video Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Comfortable to Operate
              • Durable
              • Great Features
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Simple Controls
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • HD Shooting
                • Home Movies
                • Travel

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

                I have a high end HDV camcorder from a few years ago (paid $3000) and this video looks just as good when shooting typical family shots. The high end one has ND filters and full manual controls, bigger lens but this is simply amazing for the price and I am blown away by the video quality on my 46" plasma. The microphone isn't great but you could put a different one on via the hotshoe. Overall stunned by the quality (I shoot at full HD quality)and mini size.

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                5.0

                very compact, good picture quality

                By Michael

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Video Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable to Operate
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Simple Controls

                Cons

                • Not 51 Surround
                • No Viewfinder
                • Poor Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Home Movies

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF-10 AVCHD 16GB Dual Flash Memory/SDHC Memory HD Camcorder:

                I tested at night when the light was not good, the picture quality was satisfactory. I also tried the writing speed to SDHC for high definition video (highes quality). The SDHC card I bought is capable of handling 150X writing speed. And there is no problem in writing to SDHC card. No frame loss. The only problem I can find now is that when I swith from internal memory to SDHC card when the power is on, it can not recognize the SDHC card. I have to turn it off, and re-insert the SDHC card and then turn on the power.

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