Pros Really nice video, good manual settings, great image stabilizer!
Cons AVCHD format limits editing options for Windows users, no eye level viewfinder, no HDMI cable
Summary The Canon Vixia HF10 is simply a great camcorder for taking great looking video wherever you find yourself. It's very small and easily be slipped into a large pocket. It has a great lens and lots of manual controls, if you're into that. I does not have an adjustment wheel or roller for the manual controls, joystick only, but the interface is intuitive and friendly. For Intel based Macintoshes (Apple does not support AVCHD on PPC Macs), you probably already have what you need to edit the footage from this camera. iMovie '08 will import the footage and convert it to Apple Intermediate Codec so you can edit the footage on the timeline and make Quicktime movies to share on the .mac web gallery, Youtube, AppleTV (720p24 even) etc. The newest versions of Final Cut Express and Final Cut pro (Pro Res 422) also supports AVCHD. PC options are more limited and not as elegant, but they are out there, by all means avoid the bundled software. The HF10 does not record in SD resolutions, so if you're just looking for a cool Youtube camcorder or you're going to be burning your projects to a DVD, you should consider a DV (tape) camcorder or an SD HDD / Flash model that records in Mpeg-2, you'll be much happier. The 16GB built-in storage is nice, but limited. If you're the type of person that likes to shoot video and hook it up to your TV to share and just likes to keep the video on the camcorder, you'll run out of space fast, definitely consider the spacious Sony HDR-SR11. The unit is expandable via SD HC cards, I would recommend getting the fastest ones you can, the bitrate for the best HD video on this camcorder is 17Mbs and you'll need one that can keep up.
"IMPRESSIVE"on by beta2007
Pros Size, style, video clarity
Cons Battery life, no wall mounted battery charger included
Summary An extremely impressive camera both in size and capability. The HD clarity is awesome. Packs a large punch considering how small it is. I was however dumbfounded to find that the only way to charge the one battery it comes with is by plugging in the whole camera with battery attached. One would think that for nearly $1000 you would also get a independent, wall plug, battery charger. Once charged, the battery life is a little on the low end. I ended up ponying up an additional $300 for NEEDED accesories. For example: charger (~$70), two batteries (~$90 ea), and a couple SDHC memmory cards (~$50 for 8GB and $80 for 16 GB). I would certainly do again, all things considered, because when it comes to HD in a small package, you're not going to find much better. ENJOY!
Pros Nice finish
Cons Frame rates 30P and 24P (P stands for progressive) are converted to 60i interlaced according to Canon's own support.
All video shows strong signs of interlacing.
The dynamic range is below average.
Manual focusing impossible to use with a joystick.
Summary The bottom line is Canon should not hide this information (interlaced camcorder) from potential buyers on page 121 of their manual, in small print.
Your review makes the same mistake, mentions progressive 30P and 24P modes when both formats are converted by the camera to interlaced 60i right before recording.
Pros Really fine video
Cons No view finder
Summary Would have given this a 10 plus if it had a view finder, but then I guess that would take more parts and space. Did a lot of research before I replaced my expired Sony TR 350 - It died after 6 years - a mechanical failure - too expensive to repair - so I went on the hunt. This camera does the AVCHD codec - I process this with Ulead Video Studio and output to an ordinary DVD. Played the DVD in a Panasonic DMP-BD30K in an electronics store and those viewing were really impressed as was I. The HF10 has enough memory to capture more than 5 hrs without going to SD Card. More than enough for anything I will ever need it for. SDHC cards are getting cheaper everyday - I got an 8 gig at Frys for $29! Will also get a 819 battery for back up. Oh, don't forget to buy a nice sturdy monopod for this camera as it is a light weight. Your videos will look like a pro shot them. I don't think you can beat this little jewel for the price and the quality.
Pros Easy easy easy to use, excellent picture, excellent sound
Cons Difficult to achieve steady picture/can't record to internal and external flash at the same time.
Summary Love the picture! Love using SD cards. Can't record to internal and external flash at the same time may not be a big deal to most users. Still new to this camera so have not tried 24p/30p modes. Thought lack of a firewire port would be problematic but runs fine on USB2.0.
Didn't waste my time on bundled software. FCE log and transfer feature works fine, but will crash once in a while.
Edius will edit AVCHD files converted to .avi (conversion software provided by Edius)