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Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder - 4923B002

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HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor/ Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization With Powered IS/ Instant AF/ 3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen/ Smart Auto/ Touch & Track/ Face Detection/ Advanced Video Snapshot/ Black Finish
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Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder - HFG10

Packing in every feature a video enthusiast could ask for, the VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory camcorder is Canon's new flagship consumer camcorder, providing the ultimate in HD video performance and quality. Incorporating a 32GB internal flash drive, as well as dual SDXC-compatible card slots, it delivers exceptional storage capacity.

Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, the VIXIA HF G10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens (35mm equivalent of 30.4mm – 304 mm) with an 8-blade iris for smooth background blur and a dedicated manual focus ring for enhanced control. The VIXIA HF G10 boasts Canon's HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor which provides outstanding video resolution, superb low-light performance, and a wide dynamic range.

The 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel LCD provides a large, crisp display, and easy menu navigation. And advanced features such as an improved built-in microphone, Native 24p recording, Cinema-Look Filters, and full manual control provide the discerning user with an extensive level of creative management.

Features:

  • Flash Memory
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor
  • Stunning Image Quality
  • Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization with Powered IS
  • Instant AF
  • 3.5" Touch Panel LCD Screen
  • Smart Auto
  • Touch & Track
  • Genuine Canon Face Detection
  • Professional Shooting Assist Functions
  • Advanced Video Snapshot
  • Easy Web Sharing
  • Frame Modes
  • Cinema-Look Filters
  • Terminals
  • Audio

Package Content:

  • VIXIA HF G10 Camcorder
  • Lens Hood
  • Battery Pack BP-808
  • Compact Power Adapter CA-570
  • Wireless Controller WL-D89
  • Stylus Pen
  • USB Cable IFC-300PCU
  • Stereo Video Cable STV-250N
  • Mini HDMI Cable HTC-100/S
  • Bundled CD ROMs:
    • Pixela Video Browser Software Disc
    • Pixela Transfer Utility Disc
    • Photo Applications / Music Disc

Specifications:

  • Standard Definition or High Definition High Definition
  • Power Supply (rated) 7.4 V DC (battery pack), 8.4 V DC (DC IN)
  • Television System NTSC
  • Video Recording system MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor 1/3-inch HD CMOS Pro, RGB Primary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels Approx. 2.37-megapixels
  • Effective Pixels
    • Video: Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
    • Photo: 16:9 Approx. 2.07-megapixels (1920 x 1080)
  • Maximum recording Time
    • 32GB internal flash drive*
    • LP (5Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes
    • SP (7Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes
    • XP+ (12Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes
    • FXP (17Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens
    • Zoom Ratio: 10x Optical/40x/200x Digital (Movie)
    • Focal Length: f-4.25-42.5mm (35mm equivalent 30.4-305 35mm)
    • Zoom Speed: Variable, Constant: Fast, Normal, Slow (16 steps in each mode)
    • Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-2.8
  • Focusing System Instant AF, Medium AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure Yes
  • Programmed AE Smart Auto, P, Tv, Av, M (Manual exposure), Portrait, Sports, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Night Scene, Low Light, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed Movie: 1/2000
  • Minimum Focusing Distance 20mm (wide) / 60cm (entire zoom range)
  • White Balance Auto, Set 1, Set 2, Custom (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
  • Minimum Illumination
    • Auto mode 1.5 lux (with auto slow shutter selected - shutter speed 1/30)
    • Low Light mode: 0.1 lux (shutter speed 1/2 sec.)
  • Image Stabilization Dynamic SuperRange Optical (lens shift)/Standard SuperRange Optical (lens shift) / Powered IS
  • Filter Diameter 58mm
  • Viewfinder .24-inch, color widescreen, Approx. 260,000 dots, Approx. 100% field of view
  • LCD Screen 3.5-inch High Resolution Touch Panel Widescreen Color LCD (Approx. 922,000 dots)
  • Recording Media Internal flash drive (32GB) or SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards (2 slots) **
  • USB Terminal USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal Component (output), Composite (output)
  • Audio Dolby Digital 2 channel (AC-3), 5.1-channel (with optional Canon SM-V1 5.1-Channel Surround Microphone)
  • Accessory Shoe mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software Pixela Video Browser
  • HDMI Terminal HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC, x.v.Color, and 1080p output supported
  • Microphone Terminal 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Remote Control Terminal Yes (compatible with LANC protocol)
  • Operating Temperature range Approx. -5° to 45° C, 60% relative humidity / Approx. 0° to 40° C, 85% relative humidity (performance)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Width: 3"
  • Height: 3.1"
  • Depth: 5.9"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 1.3 lbs
  • Shipping: 3 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturers Warranty(authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor
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Storage TypeFlash Memory
LCD Screen Size (inches)3.5"
ViewfinderYes
Total Pixel Count2370000
Effective Pixel Count2070000
Manual FocusingNo
Optical Zoom10x
Digital Zoom200x
Night ModeYes
Image StabilizationYes
White BalanceAuto, Set 1, Set 2, Custom (2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
Built In Video LightNo
Mic InputYes
Max Recording Time With Battery12 hours 15 minutes
Digtial Still CameraYes
Effective Pixel Count for Still2070000
Still Image FormatsJPEG
Computer ConnectivityYes
Included Removeable MemoryNo
Weight With Battery (pounds)1.3 lbs
Width (inches)3"
Height (inches)3.1"
Depth (inches)5.9"
Parts Warranty1 Year
Labor Warranty1 Year
  

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Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder
 
4.5

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent image quality (13)
  • Accurate, vivid colors (12)
  • Compact design (11)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Good low-light performance (10)

Cons

  • Short battery life (3)

Best Uses

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best Consumer Camcorder on Market

    This camcorder will not disappoint you. Video image quality is superb, as the camera has been designed to maximize video performance. Because of that, though, still image quality is nothing to brag...Read complete review

    This camcorder will not disappoint you. Video image quality is superb, as the camera has been designed to maximize video performance. Because of that, though, still image quality is nothing to brag about. The controls are so far superior and more ergonomic than other high end consumer camcorders. It is slightly larger than most, but is still very comfortable to hold, and the level of control that one has is far superior. Set on AUTO, this camcorder does a fantastic job for those who want a point and shoot camcorder without worrying about settings. If you put it on "M" mode, you can then take more control over this camcorder than the competition. Programmed, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, and complete Manual exposure options can then be used. . The built in Stereo microphones do a surprisingly great job. I've had excellent results so far recording 4 bands. Very life-like and clear stereo audio. You can put Audio in Auto mode, or manually adjust the recording level, with a display showing the level of the sound recording, which is a fantastic feature. The Face Recognition focusing and the new Touch and Track autofocus features both work extremely well in keeping subjects in focus. . This is a very well made and well designed camcorder. It is ideal for typical run and gun type shooting, such as when one is on vacation, or hand-holding the camcorder at an event. No matter what your skill level, you will find it easy to use. I am most pleased with this camcorder. . Accessories that you will want to add to it are a 58mm UV filter to protect the excellent Canon lens, the higher capacity BP-819 ( it lasts for an outstanding 3 hours and 40 minutes, even when using the LCD full time ), and also the Canon CG-800 Battery Charger. I find it more convenient to use a Battery Charger instead of recharging the battery while in the camera. Plus, the recharger charges the battery quicker. So these are all must have accessories to get, in my opinion.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good consummer, not quite pro.

    It's at the top end of consummer camcorders, but is a limited progress from the previous generation. It seems certain features are not being brought in from the pro-camera side, effectively creating a...Read complete review

    It's at the top end of consummer camcorders, but is a limited progress from the previous generation. It seems certain features are not being brought in from the pro-camera side, effectively creating a division. The image quality is fairly good most of the time, but can turn very poor at other times, especially in lower light. Colors are accurate in a limited range of light as well. The resolution never seems completely HD, actually closer to 720 than 1080. Careful, the mini HDMI port is placed in a very awkward place and very fragile. This makes it a bad choice for live video capture. Overall nice, but It pretends to be a bit more than what it really is. The model needs to be closer to $1000 to be a good deal.

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    5.0

    Great performer for event video

    By Steve B

    from Oklahoma

    Pros

    • Accurate, Vivid Colors
    • Compact design
    • Durable
    • Easy Computer Connectivity
    • Easy to use
    • Excellent Image Quality
    • Good battery life

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

        Purchased to record Sunday services and Wednesday evening teaching in a large sanctuary (seats 800). We shoot from a balcony in the back where all the tech gear is located, probably 120 feet from the subject. Features allow us to set exposure and focus in a way that works great. The camera has performed flawlessly. I'm mildly annoyed with Adobe for how they now handle loading AVCHD footage into the CC suite, but it's just one added step and not complicated. Not a great choice as a second camera when shooting with Canon DSLRs (60D, 5Diii) because the look and color rendering is just too different, but that's not why we purchased it...

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        5.0

        Great video camera

        By VideoJoe

        from Germany

        Pros

        • Accurate, Vivid Colors
        • Compact design
        • Durable
        • Easy to use
        • Excellent Image Quality
        • good low-light performance

        Cons

        • Short battery life

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

          A great camera for semi-pro, pro (non-broadcast) use. Works well in low light. Image stabilization works very well. Handles easy. Great storage capabilities with hard drive/SD cards. Getthe optional high-powered battery for much better battery life

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          JUST BOUGHT IT - Learning to use it

          By OLDGUY66

          from Houston, Tx area

          Pros

          • Accurate, Vivid Colors
          • Compact design
          • Durable
          • Easy Computer Connectivity
          • Easy to use
          • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
          • Excellent Image Quality
          • Intuitive to use

          Cons

          • Poor sound/audio
          • Short battery life

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

            I just aquired this camcorder in prep for Alaska tour this summer. I have been reading(?) the manual that came with this camera. LOTS of info. I am not a video pro but hope to take some great vids of Alaska. It looks easy to run and just playing around, found that the batery that comes with the camera is a little weak. Ran down to 75% after 10 minutes of use (vid and pictures). I am ordering two extra large cap bateries (BP818 I think) plus a separate charging station. I have also ordered the two SD 32gb extreme pro cards to suppliment the onboard memory. I may use the camcorder to record concert that I record for audio. The camera seems to be a great fit for what I want to do and should do well in all of the coming video situations. I will file another review when I get back from Alaska this summer. My fingers are crossed. Canon products have never let me down yet!

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            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            super flexibillity

            By c63p30

            from Asia/pac

            Pros

            • Accurate, Vivid Colors
            • Easy to use
            • Easy TV Connectivity
            • Excellent Image Quality
            • Fast Auto Focus
            • Good battery life
            • good low-light performance
            • Lcd Monitor
            • non-stop sd recording

            Cons

            • custom buttons limited
            • no string lens cap

            Best Uses

              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

              I switched to the HFG10 and loaded it up with 2 more 32 GB SD cards and the largest original manufacturer battery available for continuous recording. Power consumption is very low and 96 GB continuous is perfect The low light capabilities are outstanding. In a room with a 32 watt energy saving bulb the colors and contrast from shadow to lit areas is very smooth and the image is sharp The auto-focus is best when set at a slightly lower speed than normal because it gives your eyes a chance to take in the detail and the power of the AF. The LCD monitor has given me a a direct understanding of the differences between having more mega-pixel vs larger size of pixel. I found the touch screen response was good after getting used to the pressure required. My only 2 complaints are the lens cap needs a string and choices for the custom buttons are limited but at least the HFG10 has the option to customize.

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              (10 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Versatile Tool with limitations

              By easysqueeze

              from DC

              Pros

              • Easy to use
              • Great sound/audio

              Cons

              • poor low-light performance

              Best Uses

                Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                Everyone said all the good so no need to recount all the details about how versatile the camera is. The down side is the "Noise". The camera is almost unusable in low light condition (speaking from a semi-professional stand point). And when I say low light, I am talking even with aprox 300W lit room, the subject still has lot's of digital noise. It's almost as if the moment you increase the gain, the sensor become sub par. Only in a highly and well lit situation does the camera shine, within the context.

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                (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good but frustrating

                By Controller

                from Seattle

                Pros

                • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                • auto switch to battery if ac fail
                • Compact design
                • Easy Computer Connectivity
                • Excellent Image Quality
                • good low-light performance

                Cons

                • touch screen unresponsive
                • unintuitive user interface

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                  I'm an amateur videographer and a control freak. I use to use canon XH-A1 but decided to switch to solid state. Performance wise it meets my expectation. My biggest gripe is the touch screen. It requires more effort to use than expected. Sometimes I have to touch a button twice to get it to respond, or slide a few times before the screen starts to scroll. To avoid breaking the screen off the hinges, I have to put my fingers behind the screen, and use the thumb to operate the screen. This compounds the fat finger small button issue. I wish it has a better touch screen or a control wheel interface like XH-A1. My second gripe is still related to the user interface. The menu is not very intuitive. For example, in the setup menu, there are 3 tabs labeled with icons: camcorder, film, and wrench. I could never quite figure out which features belong to camcorder and which belongs to film. Also, while in manual exposure mode, you could control the gain using the control wheel but to set it up to do that requires: hold the custom button for a second, select the M mode. Then each press of the custom button cycle between aperture, shutter speed, and gain. If you can figure this out without reading the manual, you are a genius. I have to bring the user manual wherever I bring the camcorder. The spot ight mode sounds very useful, for example when shooting a brightly lit stage surrounded by a large, dark theatre. The default exposure mode would overexpose the stage. Unfortunately, in spotlight mode the exposure compensation cannot be increased much, so if the subject is underexposed, there's nothing you can do. I ended up having to use manual exposure mode because it allows me to increase gain freely. What a pity. The chain memory card feature allows the camcorder to record a long show and switches memory card when one is full. Annoyingly, this feature is turned off everytime the camcorder is turned off, and it requires a long sequence of buttons to turn back on again. One thing I miss that is available on the XH-A1 is plenty of buttons. With this HF G10, everything has to go through the unintuitive menu and unresponsive touch screen. There is a nice feature not found on XH-A1: when on AC power, it automatically fallback to battery power if AC power is lost. As of today (9/16/2012), there is no firmware update for this camcorder.

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                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great!

                  By ParrGolf

                  from SWFlorida

                  Pros

                  • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                  • Compact design
                  • Durable
                  • Easy Computer Connectivity
                  • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
                  • Excellent Image Quality
                  • Good battery life
                  • good low-light performance
                  • Good Software Compatibility
                  • Great sound/audio

                  Cons

                  • Short battery life
                  • you must use canon batteries for longer life!

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                    This is probably the best purchase I have ever made! The camera does everything but dance. I don't see how Canon can sell the more expensive camera's with HF G10 around. The audio is fantastic, and it unloads its video to my IMac Like they are brothers. I have been shooting video for 30 yrs. I love it!

                    Comment on this review

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Wow

                    By EDavid

                    from Undisclosed

                    Pros

                    • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                    • Compact design
                    • Durable
                    • Easy Computer Connectivity
                    • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
                    • Excellent Image Quality
                    • Good battery life
                    • good low-light performance
                    • Good Software Compatibility
                    • Great sound/audio

                    Cons

                    • None I can think of

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                      I have used this camera in many low light conditions (i.e. Disneyland attractions and rides) and came away with very excellent video, in native full 1080p 24 fps video. Wow, this is heavy duty equipment. I have had may SLR users come up to me asking about the low light performance on this. Along with all the features, this is a fantastic camera. This camera is similar to Cannon's high end professional cameras except this one has a 32GB hard drive to record on and uses SD cards as additional storage. I am extremely happy with this purchase. I have looked at other competing camcorders but this one I believe to be the best.

                      Comment on this review

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      The Very Best Camcorder

                      By Anonymous

                      from San Bruno, California

                      Pros

                      • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                      • Compact design
                      • Durable
                      • Easy Computer Connectivity
                      • Easy TV Connectivity
                      • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
                      • Excellent Image Quality
                      • Good battery life
                      • good low-light performance
                      • Great sound/audio

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                          I purchased this camcorder about 2 weeks ago. I have been impressed with it ever since. I filimed a performacne by my Grandchildren last week. The video was taken in a not so well lit auditorium. The video came out beautiful. The color was great and camera adjusted for the lighting conditions, it was just perfect. When we viewed the video a couple of days later, everybody was blown away by the quality of the video, they just could not be leave how how clear and bright it looked. I am very pleased with my purchase, Canon makes great camcorder and cameras.

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                          (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          All I Expected

                          By Andy

                          from Wichita Kansas

                          Pros

                          • Accurate, Vivid Colors
                          • Compact design
                          • Easy to use
                          • Easy TV Connectivity
                          • Ergonomic/comfortable to hold
                          • Excellent Image Quality
                          • good low-light performance
                          • Great sound/audio

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon VIXIA HF G10 Black Flash Memory Camcorder:

                              I was looking for a camcorder that would produce the quality needed to make great Blu-ray movies of steam locomotives. They can somtimes be hard to video or photograph being black against light colored backgrounds, scenery etc. So exposure must be correct or all detail on the locomotive will be lost. I got a chance to try the G10 out last weekend and wanted to see first what it would do in the automatic exposure mode, as when taking video of trains since they are on the move you don't always have time to set up for the video. I was blown away with the results, burned a Blu-ray of the video and could not be happier with the results, crystal clear video every detail, nut and bolt in perfect focus and was very happy with the audio also. I do plan to add the Canon external directional mic to it for even better audio.

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