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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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Packing in every feature a video enthusiast could ask for%2C the VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory camcorder is Canon%27s new flagship consumer camcorder%2C providing the ultimate in HD video performance and quality%2E Incorporating a 32GB internal flash drive%2C as well as dual SDXC%2Dcompatible card slots%2C it delivers exceptional storage capacity%2E%0D%0A%0D%0ARecording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video%2C the VIXIA HF G10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens %2835mm equivalent of 30%2E4mm %96 304 mm%29 with an 8%2Dblade iris for smooth background blur and a dedicated manual focus ring for enhanced control%2E The VIXIA HF G10 boasts Canon%27s HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor which provides outstanding video resolution%2C superb low%2Dlight performance%2C and a wide dynamic range%2E%0D%0A%0D%0AThe 3%2E5%2Dinch High Resolution Touch Panel LCD provides a large%2C crisp display%2C and easy menu navigation%2E And advanced features such as an improved built%2Din microphone%2C Native 24p recording%2C Cinema%2DLook Filters%2C and full manual control provide the discerning user with an extensive level of creative management%2E
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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.
I was initially afraid that the heavy feature set and bias towards shooting in manual mode would be overwhelming for someone who doesn't consider himself a videographer by any stretch, but just a dad with kids who like watching videos of themselves. Although I have to say, I am somewhat knowledgeable of the technical aspects of photo and video equipment, which probably helps.
After taking it out of the box for a few hours, I have figured out most, if not all, of the settings I would care about, and have taken some amazing night-time and low-light shots - in manual mode, no less! The video quality, especially in low light, simply blows away anything I have ever used - super clear and sharp with nice auto white balance. Focus is fast and accurate - even in low light. No more working like a dog to get decent videos from my Nikon D7000 SLR - which it is capable of under good conditions, but requires A LOT more effort. The AVCHD .MTS file format works great on Windows 7, WD TV Plus and PS3. Other have complained, but I find no issues using the viewfinder along with the high capacity battery which sticks out more than the standard battery - although it would have been nice if the viewfinder could tilt (it just extends outwards).
Battery life seems seriously good with the high capacity battery - the battery that came with it is merely adequate. You will definitely suffer from "range anxiety" like electric car owners if you take a field trip with the standard battery. :)
Some reviewers complained about the touch screen, but I read (RTFM'd) that you actually have to apply slight pressure to make the screen sense your "touch". I can see why iPhone users would think it doesn't work - it's more a "press screen" than a touch screen. Once you figure that out, it works great.
Produced a fun short film of the kids in very little time on the morning of day 2 of owning this camera. The software that came with it is very rudimentary, but I actually like it over my trusty copy of Sony Vegas because it's so much simpler to use. (Hate the fact that the software only takes .WAV files for music though)
The downside is the rather large size of this camcorder, but I guess the lens had to go somewhere. With the lens hood on, it extends farther than my D7000 with a normal zoom lens on, and is making me think I need a new camera bag to fit it all into.
Highly recommended if you can ignore the price. (I decided life was passing by while I was fretting over it and taking lousy videos on my SLR and point and shoot - but it is an expensive buy no matter how you look at it)
oh, and to my fellow old guys, forget about reading the manual that came with it - the print is horrendously small and the contrast is poor - I don't need reading glasses, but I couldn't bear reading it. Just download the pdf version online and read it on the computer - it's a pretty straightforward manual.
****** UPDATE April 16, 2012 *******
Now I am starting to miss my DSLR a little bit... even when I set the aperture to F/1.8, everything is still visibly in focus unless I use the lens at telephoto settings, which then makes it very hard to hand hold. Video quality is still outstanding nonetheless. I have, however, started using both my camcorder and DSLR to shoot the same events, using the camcorder audio as the master. After I use Sony Vegas to edit and combine the videos from the 2 cameras (I have since abandoned the video editing software that came with the camera - too rudimentary), I get a slightly more interesting end product with different perspectives from the different cameras and lenses. Have to be careful to match the white balance on both cameras though, but that can be adjusted in post-production using the video editing software, but it's easier if you match the color balance of both cameras ahead of time (if you have the time before a shoot). Yes, it's all relatively simple if you use a little imagination, decent software, a fast PC (core i7 on Win 7),and a little bit of technique - seriously, I have very little technical skills in videography, but the end results have been very pleasing and a lot of fun for the whole family.
Another update on the user manual - I did end up reading the paper (book) manual that came with the camcorder. The print is still small, but I did end up reading it while waiting for my kid at school. It wasn't as painful as I had feared.
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