Canon VIXIA HF G10 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro and 32GB Internal Flash Memory
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- 32GB internal flash drive and 2 SDXC-compatible memory card slots
- Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens with 8-blade Iris and manual focus ring
- Canon HD CMOS pro image sensor
- Canon DIGIC DV III image processor
- Dynamic SuperRange OIS corrects a full range of motion
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The VIXIA HF G10 allows you to record up to 12 hours of clear high definition video to a 32GB internal flash drive or to two SDXC-compatible memory card slots. With Relay Recording, the camcorder automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the SD memory cards when the memory becomes full. No need then to worry about running out of recording time during a thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime shot. With SDXC memory card compatibility, you’ll have card storage capacity from more than 32GB up to 2TB and ultra-fast data transfer speeds.
You’ll also have the flexibility of copying video from your VIXIA HF G10’s internal drive to the removable SD or SDXC memory cards. That makes it easy to insert the card into your computer or HDTV’s card reader and view your recorded footage immediately.
The advantages of flash memory go beyond the added recording time. You'll also appreciate the quick response time, because there are no moving parts in the recording process. Press the record button and your VIXIA HF G10 starts recording video faster than you've ever seen before. In addition, when you review, you'll have quick access to your footage.
Another benefit of flash memory is the VIXIA HF G10's low power consumption rate, allowing your battery to last longer. It's just what you need so you don't miss that pivotal play on the field or the moment when they say "I do."
While we certainly hope you keep your VIXIA HF G10 securely in your hand while shooting, if it happens to slip, or you accidentally knock it against something, you'll be happy to know that flash memory makes your camcorder more shock-resistant than other recording storage systems. It also minimizes the chance of data loss if you accidently jolt or drop your camcorder.
Incorporating a technology proven in Canon’s professional level camcorders, HD CMOS Pro is a 1/3” native 1920 x 1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, superb low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. Unlike image sensors found in competitive consumer camcorders, HD CMOS Pro uses fewer pixels, which are significantly larger (61 percent)* and more sensitive, resulting in optimized video performance.
Outstanding Video Resolution (800 Vertical and 900 Horizontal TV Lines)
Since the effective number of pixels of HD CMOS Pro is equal to 1920 x 1080, resizing is eliminated, allowing Full HD video to be captured and recorded with professional precision.
Superb Low-Light Performance (1.5 lux)**
Because each individual pixel is larger and more sensitive, each is capable of capturing more light, allowing high quality video to be achieved even in dimly lit conditions. The sensitivity of HD CMOS Pro is approximately 25% better than the Full HD CMOS sensor in the 2010 VIXIA HF S-series.
Wide Dynamic Range
A larger pixel area also allows more light to be stored, resulting in 280% improvement in dynamic range for exceptional reproduction of both highlights and shadows.*** Skin tones are captured in a finer gradation, and stable gamma and Auto Exposure control is also achieved resulting in a more ‘lifelike’ image.
* This is compared to the pixel size of Canon’s 2010 VIXIA camcorders of 1.7µm. The current HD CMOS Pro pixel size is now 2.75 µm, reflecting a 61.76 percent increase in size.
** Rating measured with auto shutter speed of 1/30 second.
*** This statistic is the result of comparisons with Canon’s HD CMOS Pro, versus Canon’s 2010 VIXIA HF S-series camcorders.
Canon’s DIGIC DV III Image Processor provides stunningly realistic color and sophisticated noise reduction for exceptional low-light performance. It is also the high-speed engine that powers a variety of Canon technologies including Smart Auto, Touch & Track, Genuine Canon Face Detection, and Cinema-Look Filters.
You will also find that exceptionally lifelike tone and detail are captured thanks to 24Mbps Recording, which offers the highest bit rate in AVCHD. The VIXIA HF G10 not only captures images in Full HD, but records and outputs at 1920 x 1080 as well, so you get Full HD from lens to screen.
And with Tele Macro, the VIXIA HF G10 automatically zooms the lens to the telephoto end and sets the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3 feet (from 3.3 feet) giving you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of shallow depth of field. Tele Macro is one of 38 scenes available in Smart Auto Mode.
For those situations in which the super quick action of Instant AF might not be desirable, you also have the option of Medium AF, which is softer and smoother than Instant AF, but faster than would be possible with manual focusing.
You will see extraordinary detail with this large, stunning 922,000 dot screen which also provides approximately 100% coverage of your shooting scene. It delivers brilliant color combined with touch panel control for faster and easier menu navigation. You’ll also have Touch & Track, which allows you to get precise focus and exposure on any subject - whether it’s people, pets, or vehicles, by selecting your choice right on the Touch Panel LCD.
You’ll also be able to use the Touch Panel for Touch Decoration. This feature lets you superimpose select decorations onto the images on your LCD and then records the images complete with the additions. You may add animation effects, hand written and stamp messages or insert a still image to give your video a truly individual look.
For your convenience, the VIXIA HF G10 is also equipped with a 0.24-inch, 260,000 dot color viewfinder which provides approximately 100% coverage, for use in shooting when very bright outdoor light conditions may make it difficult to see the LCD display.
Among the 38 scenes available in Smart Auto, a standout is Tele Macro. Tele Macro automatically zooms the lens of the camcorder to the telephoto end, setting the minimum object distance to approximately 1.3 feet (from 3.3 feet). This gives you the opportunity to shoot spectacular close-ups with the dramatic look of a shallow depth of field.
Touch Focus allows the user to pinpoint a specific area to focus on. This function is similar to the Push AF feature found in professional camcorders, but can target a subject anywhere in the frame.
Touch Exposure enables exposure to be locked or compensated for the area touched by the user.
The system is in fact so smart that it will recognize faces turned downwards or sideways. In addition, a specific face may be selected as the main subject for continuous tracking. This feature can be used to search for clips featuring that specific subject's face. In search and playback, use of the Face Index will display frames with the chosen face as a thumbnail in each shot in which it appears. The selected face can be linked as a timeline to further identify footage containing that subject.
With the Face Only AF option, the camcorder will automatically track a chosen face. However, should that face leave the scene, it will reset focus to manual mode.
To provide an exceptional level of control over the components of the video you shoot with the VIXIA HF G10, you will find a range of shooting assist functions normally only available to professional videographers.
Custom Key and Dial
A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. They include:
Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.
Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust aperture, shutter speed, or gain. Select items to adjust, such as aperture or other settings, with the key.
Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.
Focus and Exposure Aids
To further enhance focusing capability the VIXIA HF G10 also features Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras. Also included is color peaking, which shows the shooting object’s focused areas in actual colors. With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, and the height raises to indicate the area in focus. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.
Typically only found on expensive external units, the VIXIA HF G10 has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness.
Enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates ‘blown out’ or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional looking shooting. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The Grid Marker helps you compose your shot accurately, by referencing a grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
The VIXIA HF G10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (Av), and shutter priority (Tv) modes.
Either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded using a menu. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.
The white balance control has 6 available presets settable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.
Gain may be manually set from 0 dB to 24 dB in 1 dB increments. Additionally, Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low light situations.
The zoom speed as controlled by the rocker and handle controls is selectable, with a choice of variable or 16 fixed speeds, with fast/normal/slow settings for greater control while zooming in various situations.
Canon camcorders are not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions, including wireless transfer. In case of an issue with the Eye-Fi card, please consult with the card manufacturer. The use of Eye-Fi cards may not be approved in all regions, or from one region to another; please contact the card manufacturer for status of approval in the country/region of use.
Canon makes no representations or warranties with respect to any third party accessory or product mentioned herein.
The VIXIA HF G10 boasts a host of shooting modes which give you creative options rare in a consumer camcorder. In addition to Normal mode, three other modes offer a range of opportunities to give your video a truly cinematic look and feel.
Native 24p Mode, a feature generally found only on Canon’s professional camcorders, allows 24 frames per second to be captured and recorded (instead of the standard 60i) – a must for serious filmmaking work.
You would normally have to look to professional video cameras in order to have a sophisticated tool like 30p Progressive Mode at your command. In addition to the standard interlaced video frame rate of 60i, you may choose to set the VIXIA HF G10 to capture video in 30p (30 progressive frames, recorded at 60i), which is particularly useful for footage to be used on the Internet. Excellent for action and sports shots, this setting gives enhanced quality to still images captured after recording.
Other cinematic looks can be had through the use of Cinema-Look Filters. This feature offers a choice of nine varied built-in adjustable filters which give the look of a variety of cinematic styles by compensating for the color, gamma and other aspects of the image’s quality. The looks can be previewed in the LCD display while shooting. Choose from:
The brightness of each filter can be adjusted low, medium or high, for even greater control.
When Cinema Standard is selected, color depth, softening, and contrast can also be adjusted.
The Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe allows you to attach optional Canon accessories, such as the VL-5 Video Light, DM-100 Directional Stereo Microphone or SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone.
The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.
A built-in remote control terminal (compatible with LANC protocol) provides an easy connection to both Canon and third party wired remote controllers.
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The VIXIA HF G10 offers a built-in stereo microphone to capture high-quality audio. It offers a significant reduction in noise at medium and low frequencies.
The microphone’s direction can be adjusted four different ways to match your needs and taste. Choose from:
Monaural: Single point direction
Wide: Provides a more enhanced, separated stereo effect than normal
Synced with Zoom: Directionality is adjusted to match the zoom position
In addition, the frequency response characteristics of the microphone can be adjusted between low, mid-range and high frequencies.
Normal: Provides a balance throughout all frequenciesThe Automatic Attenuator feature prevents high volume distortion and optimizes audio quality in situations when sound levels quickly change, such as when loud music plays in the background. It automatically keeps the audio clean and even.
Low-range emphasis: Excellent for recording live music with impact
Attenuate low frequencies: Reduces ambient noise and the sound of traffic outdoors, such as wind, cars and the like
Mid-range emphasis: Ideal for capturing people's voices
Low and high range emphasis: Record live music with balanced lows and highs
The built-in Microphone terminal with manual audio level control and the Headphone terminal provide exceptional audio flexibility.
Canon’s new optional WM-V1 Wireless Microphone* allows you to record high-quality audio without wires from up to 164 feet away (50m), ideal for ceremonies and recitals.
For the ultimate home theater experience, 5.1-Channel Surround Sound** allows you to capture audio quality that matches the stunning realism of your high definition video. The sound is captured from all directions (five different pickup sensors) so your home movies will look and sound more lifelike than ever before.
* This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained.
** Optional SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone is required.
Story Creator assists you in the process of creating an organized and sophisticated video. Choose one of five different themes – Travel, Kids & Pets, Party, Ceremony, and Blog – and the camcorder provides a list of suggested scenes to shoot. After capturing your video, Story Creator helps you categorize and rate your scenes, making it easy to review, select and playback your favorites.
The optional Canon WD-H58W Wide Converter is optically matched for the VIXIA HF G10’s HD lens. It provides a magnification factor of 0.8x, increasing wide angle capability to approximately 24mm (35mm equivalent).
Intelligent Lithium-Ion Battery accurately indicates remaining battery time down to the minute, so you won’t run out of power when you need it most.
Pixela Video Browser Software* is bundled with the VIXIA HF G10. You can easily perform a variety of functions, including AVCHD Editing in which you can trim, reorder, and combine scenes, as well as add music, titles, and transitions. This software also allows you to play your AVCHD movies on your computer and will let you share copies of your movie with friends and family through flash memory to hard drive copying. Transfer and store your movie onto your computer's hard drive with the software and easily convert your high definition video to standard definition video as well. Pixela Video Browser will also assist you in converting video to the optimum resolution for transmission over the Internet.
* The bundled application is compatible with Windows XP (Service Pack 2 and 3), Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
Support for 27 languages is available, including Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Hungarian, Malay, Dutch, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Finnish, Swedish, Turkish, Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Farsi, Thai, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
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As the marketing and branding director of a large solar company, I was tasked with finding a good camera we could use to make promo commercials/videos at an affordable cost. We didn't want to spend $8,000 on a camera or pay $8,000 for someone to do the video for us, yet at the same time, we didn't want to buy a cheap $500 camera and get crappy results. So this was the one we chose and I think we made a good choice.
First, the manual adjustments make this a breeze to work with. I can set the maximum level for the mic input (great when using wireless lavalier mic packs), can set the white balance to a custom level for unique lighting situations, and so on.
One thing I want to clarify is that this camera DOES have the powered image stabilization (Powered IS). I have seen multiple reviews of this camera around the internet where it says the Powered IS is not an included option... it is and it works great.
The most noticeable difference between this camera and some of the lower end Canon Vixia's is the size of the lens. This is a full-size 58mm Canon lens, not the tiny little ones found on most other consumer grade Canon video cameras. This of course produces much better image quality as we've seen in side-by-side tests with our Canon Vixia HF S200. Another noticeable improvement with this lens is it's wider than previous generations, allowing you to use it indoors with ease and without worry about not getting an entire room in a shot.
The included battery is a joke and won't even last a full hour of recording. Luckily, 3rd party manufacturers sell the extended batteries at a very affordable price, right here on Amazon. I believe the extended battery we purchased was only about $25 and provides up to 300 minutes of recording. The extended Canon battery costs over $100 and produces the same results.
Another bonus with this camera is its ability to support SDXC cards. The older generation Vixia's were limited to SDHC cards and with the HD recording options of this camera, SDXC gives peac of mind that you won't ever hit the camera's buffer during recording.
I'll update this review as we continue to use the camera and will provide feedback for those looking into buying this camera. What I can say, however, is that this is definitely the best pro-sumer grade video camera Canon has produced to date and I don't think you can go wrong purchasing it.
After owning this camera for over a month I must say that I am beyond impressed with the quality and features of this camera. Initially, yes I was a bit lost as I had never worked with a video camera that gave the user so much control over the settings. It does great in full auto, but it would be a shame not to take advantage of the plethora of options and control available to the user in manual mode. The footage it creates is stunning for the price. I jumped the gun a tad when I wrote my original review regarding the convoluted menu. After a few days of tinkering the menu becomes second nature and is actually very easy to navigate through, you just have to familiarize yourself with it. If you're on the fence the only thing I would suggest is to wait a few weeks for the price to drop even lower. (The price fluctuation on this camera in particular is interesting)
The more I use this camera the more I like it. The only issue/complaint I still have is like everyone else, I feel the original battery is a total joke. Get a spare or two if you plan on using this for more than 30 minutes, as the supplied battery will be drained within a half hour. One other issue is the location of the custom dial; I still don't like where Canon put the dial, but I have gotten used to it and it works like a charm.
Otherwise, this is a great camera. I don't have the time or patience to deal with a million things in post, and this camera makes post a breeze as one doesn't have to spend days enhancing scenes to get a higher quality image; it produces great shots right off the bat.
Excellent camera for both amateurs and the seasoned pro. Whether you're making a professional flick, a die hard low/no budget filmmaker or simply looking to film the family vacation at Disneyland, this camera will deliver. Hands down.
NOTE: The frequent complaint about the complicated menu is in fact true to a point, but it should be noted that this problem is really just the annoyance of a learning curve and pretty much limited to the ADVANCED features of the camera in MANUAL MODE, so don't let that scare you off, as one can shoot in full auto all the time and still produce stunning results without ever having to even switch to manual mode, but once you learn and become familiar with the camera you will never want to shoot in auto mode again.
You will WANT to shoot in manual mode most of the time, so prepare to be frustrated for a few days as you learn the advanced menu features. I think Canon decided to pay homage to Stephen King by modeling the menu system after the hedge maze from 'The Shining' - The good news is you catch on quick, but it will test your patience the first few times.
Excellent Video Quality
Shoots great in low light
Excellent sound from internal mic
Auto features and smart technology work great
Advanced options and manual control for pro shoots or auto for simplicity
Custom white balance with added Kelvin temp scale options that allows you to balance for basic lighting and then get creative by being able to cool or warm a shot as much as you want.
Cinema Mode allows instant creativity without 10 hours of menu tutorials.
The BATTERY - Yes, it's a total joke. Smaller than a 9 Volt and lasts about .5 hours - Less if you review footage or have to navigate through the menu system. (Which you will)
LCD Screen - It's touchscreen (which is convenient) but within 5 minutes the screen will be smudged up. Sun or bright light + smudge = a screen cleaning every 5 minutes. Cell phone screen protectors are an option, but a cheap protector can fuse to the screen in the sun and bubble.
User assigned buttons and wheel/dial are good in theory, but Canon designed them for people with 5 left hands, so using them usually produces shake and noise.
Still Photos - Save the photography for the DSLR rig - The photo quality is good but that's about it.
Price - Pro if you haven't bought it yet - Con if you paid $1500.00 for it a few months ago only to see the price drop to under $1000.00 - That hurts.
Long winded review after 12 hours of testing, filming and familiarization:
I put emphasis on the ease of use because I have read so many horror stories about how one practically needs to have a degree in rocket science to navigate through Canon's convoluted menu system in order to set up the camera to crank out good video. I quickly learned that this is not the case. If you can send a text or update your Facebook status, you will have no problem with the menu. You just have to LEARN it. Regardless of your background, the menu becomes a breeze after you learn it.
For the advanced settings, don't get me wrong; the menu can and will be a tad overwhelming at first and even the pro camera folks will probably find themselves muttering some creative profanity as they learn the various menus and how to navigate through the plethora of available manual settings. The settings themselves are very easy to adjust, ONCE YOU GET TO THEM -
My biggest problem was the initial 'treasure hunt' through each layer of settings to manually adjust the settings where I wanted them, then going back in and trying to remember the sequence of events to get to one setting. You get the hang of it real quick though and it will become second nature. You can also store your custom settings which is great for run and gun shooting when one doesn't have time to dial everything in.
Manual Mode is great (in order to not go totally insane in this mode you need to learn the menu and understand the basics of aperture, shutter speed, focus, etc) Shooting in manual mode involves time and know how. You can't slack off here. Each shot might involve changing several settings - Mess up one setting and your shot can turn into fecal matter.
Internal microphone is great and suited fine for home videos. Buy an external mic if you're doing anything beyond that for best results.
Buy the camera and skip the cheap "kits" found online. For the most part everything in the kit is worthless, no name cheaply made garbage and usually breaks easily. The biggest problem are the cheap tripods in these kits - It's a crapshoot. You might get a decent no name tripod that lasts 50 years, or you get one that fails with your brand new $1k camera on it. Skip the kit and invest in:
A good tripod
A good camera bag
A 58mm UV Protective Lens Filter
I'd recommend an AWB Lens Cover - They work far better than a white card and are great when shooting in mixed light.
A collapsible 5 in 1 reflector
And lastly, download, buy, borrow or steal the book "A Field Guide to Canon G10 and XA10 Cameras" by Warren Bass - This book is a lifesaver and should always be with the camera. The factory manual is written well but like most manuals, they are written by folks who assume the reader actually knows a lot about the subject. Set the factory one aside and grab Warren Bass' book instead. He explains everything in basic and easy to follow steps in a language that won't confuse the beginner nor bore the pro to death.