Pros Excellent picture quality. Tiny but highly functional joystick makes changing settings a breeze.
Cons Recorded sound of the camera's hard drive can be heard in quiet scenes. Playback and editing of HD video is very jerky on anything less that a PC with 4gb processor. Small size takes some getting used to for large handed people.
Summary Initially, the HF R10 did not disappoint. The images were sharp and natural. The little button Canon calls a joy stick made changing settings a snap. Then, while playing back a video I made in a quiet location, I heard something very bothersome; a low whirring sound?almost like the sound of an old 8mm projector running in the distance. I started doing some experimentation, and in every case, when the video had a minimum of ambient sound, you could hear that annoying whirr. I played with the camera a bit more, and discovered that you could actually hear the whirring sound by simply placing the unit to your ear. I returned the HF R10 to the store, and, thankfully, the camcorder whirred noticeably for their customer service rep. They pulled out a new unit and plugged it in, and it immediately began to make the same infuriating sound. Canon says the sound I heard was not a defect, but the normal sound of the camera?s hard drive at work. I replied by asking if it was Canon?s contention that it is normal for a video of a quietly sleeping baby taken with the HF R10 to include the sound of the camcorder's hard drive as noticeable background noise. Bottom line. The HF R10 has a noisy hard drive that can be heard in the background of any video you make with this camera that has minimal ambient sound. Will everyone notice it? No. Will everyone who notices it be so bothered by it that they will complain or return the camera? Unlikely. But, despite what Canon says, I believe it is a design flaw. And for people like me who wanted the best camcorder I could get for the money, it?s a deal breaker.There has been some discussion about my use of the term hard drive, which was obviously incorrect. I simply passed on what the Canon rep said. Here is a direct quote from his email: "We have not found any issues with the HF R10. The camcorder will make some noise while recording. The sound that you heard was the hard drive. I don't know if the level of noise you experienced was normal, but it is normal for the drive to make noise. Troubleshooting noises via email is extremely difficult."
Updated on Sep 19, 2010
Pros This isn't a $1000 camcorder. The knowlege of previous posters might be questioned. IT DOESN'T HAVE A HARD DRIVE. I have yet to find any audio noise. I use the unit for recording high speed competition. Focus, metering and color are excellent.
Cons Very low light operation is marginal. There is no real wide angle.
Summary If you're looking for an "on the cheap" camera that will produce "blow your socks off" video, this is the one. If you're looking for a unit that will perform wide ange or low light, keep looking. I am very happy with the unit because I know it's limitations.You can avoid the audio noise that plagues this camera by shooting in the manual mode. Make sure that you leave all of the choices set on A in the manual mode. This means that they will still be set to AUTO, unless you want to change them to customize your shooting. When shooting in the manual mode, your audio will be clean. I also purchased an expensive wireless microphone system that works like a charm with this camera.
Updated on Jan 15, 2011
Updated on Jan 15, 2011Try doing an update on your MAC. If all your software is up to date, the unit should work just fine.
Pros If you play around with the settings, low light works absolutely fine!
There is a mic input.
It is a full HD Camera
Very simple interface
Face Detection (to focus on the faces and not the backgrounds, unless you want it to)
Cons Software is useless if you already have a capture program.
There is a quiet clicking sound (It's the hard drive), But you can still plug in an $8 Mic.
Battery is very small. (Get another one in the bonus package!)
Summary Overall, this is a great HD Starter camera! I love it's simple work flow and how HD it is. After a few small problems, such as the clicky thing or the low battery, I was able to fix all of the with only about $12 canadian to spend on things to make it run better (g, 2nd battery, New microphone, New charger, etc)
Pros ease of use was a must and the camera was mostly intuitive. Without reading the manual you will be up and running with very little trial and error, however take time and read the online manual and you will be better pleased with the product.
Cons It requires very good eyesight to read some of the menus/ adapter icons. A wider variety of recording formats would be helpful. Having to use the power adapter in order to transfer to a pc is an added step and minor inconvenience.
Summary There was a small bit of noise from the internal mechanism running under quiet conditions, but unnoticable under normal sound conditions, however on page 70 of the manual it explains and reccomends to use an external mic to avoid the noise for quiet recording, problem solved. The software supplied actually does a fair job of video and audio manipulation which makes for a lot of fun when creating a music video or a video blog and it works similar to other editing softwares. The camera can perform most functions without the use of a computer but the addition of a pc will enhance your experience in final edit.
Pros Internal memory, expandable memory options, manual controls, external audio jack, solid construction/build. Nice picture quality with custom picture settings. 24fps Cinemode option.
Cons AUDIO! This camera has a 'clicking' noise that can be heard when in 'auto-focus' mode. The camera ships out from the factory with this obvious DEFECT? I'm amazed Canon would ship a product with an obvious defect issue like this... a major FLAW!
Summary Camera comes with an external mic jack, which is a PRO! The Con is.. YOU NEED TO USE IT if you want audio that doesn't have clicking in it. The only 'fix' is to switch to manual focus mode, but the lack of an external focus ring makes this option a very unlikely one for the typical consumer.
This is a 'cheaper' camera when considering that it offers manual controls over focus, exposure, audio levels, and also freatures and external mic. So if the clicking in the audio isn't a big deal for you, you will enjoy this camera.
Also worth noting, this camera doesn't have a 'hotshoe' mount so you will need an L bracket or something of you plan to use this camera with an external boom mic.