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The Current Choice of Canon Camcorders Hit The Shelves

Most companies churn out SD- based camcorders in small designs, simply because the flash- based technologies allow for much tinier models than those based on tape, hard disks, and mini DVDs. While Canon continues to offer condense AVCHD models, the Vixia HF20 and the Canon HF200, the company’s branching out with a bit more “pro” prosumer offerings in the Vixia HF S10 plus the Vixia HF S100. 

These two designs, which record 1, 920×1, 080 60i video, include a larger, greater f1. 8 10x HD lens including a pretty large, high- resolution 1/2. 6- inch 8- megapixel CMOS sensor, along with higher- end capabilities, such as SMPTE color bars, enable you to manually boost gain up to 18dB, fixed 70 and 100 IRE zebra stripes, along with a user- assignable button/control dial combo. They differ only by internal memory: the Canon HF S100 has none, while the Canon HF S10 has 32GB. 

Though it weighs a lttle bit over a pound, the camcorder feels kind of light for its 2. 8- inch- by- 2. 7- inch- by- 5. 4- inch dimensions. Still, it’s no featherweight, and while I fit it into a loose jacket pocket, it’s not very small. With only a few exceptions, the camcorder has a nice, functional design, with intelligently laid out controls plus a streamlined user interface. The larger size makes it a lttle bit more comfortable to hold and operate as well. 

Looking at the camcorder head- on, on the list of first things you discover is the odd built- in lens cover that utilizes a closing- eye type besides aperture- blade type of design we usually see. It wouldn’t be distinctive apart from that when closed, the two plastic pieces have a tendency to rattle against one another; since the camcorder is off, it’s not a problem, just a minor irritation. As opposed to putting the video light in the typical location on the side of the lens, Canon put it on the- up flash. The stereo mics sit on both sides of the lens barrel. Even though they may be more subject to wind noise in that location(though I didn’t have any situations) , it allows for larger mics with better separation than the typical positioning above or below the lens. If that is not adequate, you can attach a mic via the mini accessory shoe on top of the camcorder. There’s a 3. 5mm mic input on the grip side of the unit, along with the other connectors- – USB, component, and miniHDMI- – sit in a covered compartment underneath the strap. The strap does get in the way a little when you’re hooking stuff up. 

To one side of the lens Canon placed a new Custom dial, which looks, seems, and functions similarly to the control dial on Sony’s prosumer models. You press the button to enable it, then use the dial to adjust whatever setting you’ve programmed it for- – choices are exposure, focus, assist functions(70/100 IRE Zebra and peaking) , mic level, and automatic gain control limit(to 18dB) . I like it in the Sonys and here as well; it’s a really comfortable interface for adjusting functions like exposure and focus, though I’m not fond of it for cycling through the Zebra and peaking selections. 

As usual, the zoom switch and photo button lie on top of the camcorder beneath your forefinger, with the mode dial right behind where an eye- level viewfinder should be; among the biggest drawbacks of this model, targeted toward enthusiasts, is the lack of an EVF. The power connector and 3. 5mm headphone jack flank the mode button. Among the two record buttons lies under your thumb on the back. To the left of the zoom switch is the small, recessed power button which is a little to difficult to manipulate. 

The newest Canon HF S11 contains 64GB of internal memory and also a SDHC slot to record 1 day of video. Naturally, you will require Batman’s utility belt complete with spare batteries, nevertheless it’s ultimately worth it. The$ 1, 400 camera uses a 8. 59 Full HD CMOS image sensor, in conjunction with Canon’s Digic DV III image processor, which means that aside from the 24p cinema mode and 30p intensifying mode in Full HD, you will get 8. megapixel photos. It also has manual gain control limits and manual focus. 

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