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Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)

Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)
Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)

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Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)

Canon FS100 Flash Memory Camcorder with 48x Advanced Zoom (Blue)

Canon FS100 Standard Definition Flash Memory Camcorder Choices: Red (CAN-FS100RED), Blue (CAN-FS100BLUE) or Silver (CAN-FS100) The Canon FS100 Standard Definition Flash Memory Camcorder is ready to capture all of life’s most precious moments! Watch the action on the camcorder’s 2.7″ 132K widescreen display. Notice the quicker response time and faster recording time that flash memory provides. Utilizing this amazing technology also allows the camcorder to be much lighter and more compact than a regular camcorder. This model comes without internal memory for recording but has an easily accessible SD/SDHC card slot allowing you to decide how much memory you’ll need. Life need not go by undocumented any longer. Hold onto the most special moments by capturing them with the Canon FS100 Standard Definition Flash Memory Camcorder! Specifications 1/6″ CCD image sensor 2.7″ 132K widescreen LCD display Aspect ratio: 16:9 widescreen 1152×864 standard definition resolution Recording media: SD/SDHC

  • Capture video to SDHC cards
  • 48x Advanced Zoom; image stabilizer
  • Widescreen HR recording
  • 2.7-inch widescreen LCD
  • USB 2.0 compatible for fast file transfer

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  1. 371 of 375 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Camcorder, but Complicated Files, May 30, 2008
    Muriel Hahn (Glendale, CA USA) –

    This is a long review because I took a lot of time in researching the camcorder I wanted, so I think my knowledge and use of this thing should be beneficial to SOMEONE out there. I had my eye on this thing before it was out, and saw reviews from some lucky people who got their hands on it before its release. Once I was able to order, Amazon shipped it in a not very well packaged box, but everything worked. It comes with a little remote, by the way, which came in handy when I connected the camcorder to our TV.

    Preface: I am an intermediate video editor. I use Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, sadly not CS3, and I easily figure out menus of electronics without needing to read manuals. So with that said, this camcorder was perfect for me. For beginners, it is still easy to use, but the more advanced features take some button pushing to access. Still, the basics are out in the open.

    (By the way, I purchased the sapphire blue and it’s more pretty in person than in the photos.)

    I researched for a long while online, and after using the in-laws’ Panasonic DV, I knew what I really, really wanted right now in a camcorder.

    These were my requirements that I wouldn’t budge on:
    Small and Lightweight
    Microphone input
    Less than $500
    Records to Flash Memory (Card)
    As-close-to-great quality footage

    These were optional:
    High Definition
    Cold/Hot Shoe Attachment
    Ability to add other lenses
    Digital Camera

    So, the FS100 is compact. I knew it would be small, but I had no idea that the whole thing could sit in my hand. It also fits in my purse (and my purse isn’t a huge “hobo” bag that many girls carry around these days). Because there are no “moving parts” and everything is recorded to a little memory card (SD), the camcorder is also very light and quiet. If it’s still not quiet enough for you because you’re in an extremely quiet surrounding, use an external mic.

    I required an input for a microphone because, in the future, I’ll want better sound for commercial purposes. Especially for when I want to upload my videos to the internet for promotional advertising (or perhaps Amazon reviews?). Or maybe for recording footage of my first child’s birth – curses and all. ;D This is one of the very few “consumer” camcorders that allows mic-in.

    DV is said to still be of great quality, but SD memory cards are just too cheap and reusable to pass up nowadays. Unless you’re a pro editing video for professional purposes, your end-user isn’t going to notice the difference between DV and flash memory. Memory cards are also lighter, smaller, and quiet. They make it easier to actually get my footage onto a disc, or stored on a NAS (Network Attached Storage) so that I don’t have a stack of unlabeled DV tapes that haven’t been watched since they were recorded.

    Because the FS100 uses flash memory, recordings are stored as separate digital clips. Do you know what this means? This means my footage WON’T GET RECORDED OVER. You don’t know how many times this has happened to me because someone picks up the camcorder and thinks the tape is blank.

    The clips can also be placed into a playlist; you can choose where you want the clip to start, and voila – some basic playback editing without ever leaving the camcorder interface. You won’t have to waste an entire DVD (or bore a viewer with vacation footage of your spouse snoring).

    I used the FS100 *all day* in Hollywood, CA during an outing with two little girls and my friend. We were indoors, outdoors, in overcast, sunny, and shady areas. I also tested out the camera around our house and home office. I set the camcorder to its highest setting (using a 16GB card) and widescreen format. I fiddled with the lighting options depending on where I was so that I got the most natural color. It handled like a champ and I will go into quality details in a bit.

    Zoom works amazingly well, obviously still has a bit of a shake in the end, but the stabilization seems better than other camcorders.

    I worried about the battery life because it seemed short on paper, but using it all day without its Quick Start option (letting it hibernate so you can just open the screen and instantly record something), was dandy. The battery used up about 25% of its power! (By the way, you can view how the battery is doing without turning the camcorder on by a press of a button.)

    Okay, CONS:

    The programs it comes with are…crap. Sorry, but don’t plan on using them for much unless you need very, very basic editing capabilities. Don’t even consider using the still-photo camera. I don’t know why Canon even bothered with it at all. Some cell phones take better pictures.

    Since I have Premiere, I just wanted to use my reader, but a 16GB SD card requires me to purchase a newer reader because it’s so large. I tried USB direct to my computer: WAY…

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  2. 144 of 148 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Guy Serle’s MyMac.com review, August 21, 2008
    Tim E Robertson “Publisher MyMac” (Battle Creek, Mi United States) –

    I’ve been avoiding buying a new camcorder to replace the 8 year old DVC tape unit for awhile now. There were plenty of tempting offerings, but none matched the feature set and price point that I was looking for until I happened upon Canon’s FS100 model at an Apple Store. While giving it a once over there, I liked the light weight, the responsive and variable zoom, the microphone input, and that at $399, it was still very much reasonable in price. I almost bought it right there at the Apple Store, but resolved to sleep on it first and check out what other people were saying about it. I’m glad I did, and afterwards I almost gave it a miss but decided that no other camcorder available currently in the this price range would meet my needs.

    Let me say what I liked about it first. As said before, It’s lightweight and small enough to fit in most pants pockets (or are you just happy to see me?) without making you walk funny. The unit measures 2.3-inches wide, 2.4-inches high, and 4.9-inches deep. It weighs about 9.2 ounces. It starts up almost instantly and is ready to record within a few seconds. It has a large 2.7-inch LCD display that is clear. It has a relatively easy menu system for setting up some of the various built-in features all of which a clearly displayed on the LCD. It has a variable zoom that can be as fast or as slow as the user might wish and there are some settings in the menu that allow you to adjust this even more. The battery lasted almost 2 hours of near continuous use for me (your usage will vary dependent on a number of factors). In it’s highest video resolution mode, you can get nearly 2 hours of video from an 8GB SDHC memory card, though Canon states that you can get over 5 hours of video from the same card at a lower resolution. Keep in mind that while this camcorder does record in either 4:3 or 16:9, it isn’t true high definition and if that’s something you must have in a camcorder, keep on looking.

    There are a number of effects available from the FS100′s menus, like fade-in/fade-out, Sepia, and Black and white recording modes, Mosaic, and a few others of varying effectiveness. Most of these probably sound like nice additions, but I doubt you’ll use them more than once. There are a number of Automatic Exposure settings as well (AE in the menu) including TV, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Fireworks, etc. Chances are unless you have specific needs, the Auto setting will work just fine in most conditions. You can manually set the White Balance as well as the unit having Auto, Daylight, and Tungsten presets.

    Canon does not supply any memory for this camera (though essentially the same camera models FS10 and FS11 has 8GB and 16GB built-in respectively for a higher price), so an SD (preferable an SDHC card) will be required. I put in an 8GB SDHC card from Transcend that cost roughly about $31 and if even more storage is needed the camcorder accepts 16GB cards as well.

    One of the main reasons I bought this camcorder was that it had a microphone input. The input uses an industry standard 3.5mm jack (there are adapters available for other sized inputs from places like Radio Shack) and as long as Phantom power is not required, the FS100 should be able to use nearly any non-XLR microphone. The built-in microphone is very sensitive and does a pretty good job, but is subject to some wind noise as most built-in microphones are.

    Now some of the things I don’t like about this camcorder. The image sensor is only a little more than 1 megapixel. Still images look a little washed out and with both video and still images. The FS100 also does not do so well in low-light situations. I’ve used it now under some different lighting conditions and have had varied results. Fireworks seemed OK. The FS100 quickly adjusted itself from almost total darkness to bright bursts withe little effort. Also the FS100 had little trouble with typical stadium lighting, but any constant low-light situation was not that great.

    The FS100 does take still pictures as well as video and it can shoot up to 5 frames a second. The image sensor as I said is only 1 megapixel so this is more like a stop-gap convergence answer for digital photography than a dedicated point and shoot. If your main focus is taking pictures and you want them to scale well in various sizes, the FS100 is not the answer for you.

    The included software seemed next to useless to me or most likely any other Mac user that already has iPhoto for digital images. Once you have the camera plugged into a USB port and it mounts on your desktop, iPhoto should (depending on your settings) automatically start up. Downloading your still images using iPhoto is pretty straight forward like most digital cameras.

    OK, let’s talk about what this kind of stuff this unit is really meant for: video. Honestly, even with the complaining I’ve done (and I’m not through yet), I liked the video this camera…

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  3. 104 of 106 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The best camcorder purchase to date, July 19, 2008
    Nameless Faceless User (Holbrook, NY USA) –
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    I’ve been looking to update my old Sony Digital8 camcorder and have been looking primarily at Mini-DV. But, this flash camcorder caught my eye since the price of SD cards has become amazingly inexpensive. To transfer video from a DV recorder takes a lot of patience, gigabytes of storage, and hours of work. By contrast, a 4gig SDHC card in this camera can store an hour and 20 minutes at 6 mb/s. The camera will do 9 mb/s, but I don’t recommend it if your final format is DVD since some players will have problems keeping up.

    My suggestion is to ignore most of the instructions which Canon provides and keep the software CD’s in the box. There’s a cute warning attached to the USB cable which warns NOT to connect it without first installing the drivers. I connected it to my MAC running OS-X 10.4 and a warning came on the screen to plug in the AC adapter. Once I did that the camera came right up as a disk drive. The manual warns not to access the folders directly. I did that, too and simply copied them to the local hard drive (more on that in a minute). Then, the camera warned NOT to change modes, or disconnect the USB cable, or disconnect the power. Ok… then, after I dismount the USB drive, how do I unplug the camera :) The manual gives a clue to disconnect the USB first, then power off.

    By the way, it’s just much, much less hassle to purchase an SDHC/MMC card reader and copy the folders off.

    If you wish to mess with iMovie and other specialized software, then I suppose you’ll have to keep your file structure proper and follow the manual more closely. I use Final Cut on the Mac, not iMovie, so my first concern was, What is a MOD file and an MOI file? That is what you’re left with after you copy your card. The short answer is, toss the MOI files – assuming you are not using the on-camera editing features. I just record and dump to the hard drive and edit with Final Cut.

    A MOD file (not to be confused with the music format file) is just an mpeg2 file with audio included. This will confuse some Windows programs which expect the audio in a separate file, so use Media Player Classic. Quicktime on the Mac had no problem playing the file, although you may need to download the MPEG-2 Playback Component. Finally, the aspect ratio setting in a MOD file may not be correct for WideScreen format. You may need Mpeg tools to correct the header if you shoot WideScreen.

    Next, Mpeg2 is not an “editable” format like DV. It’s about 1/5 the size on my system and a single 4gig card backs up nicely onto a single layer DVD-R. You’ll need to do something with the MOD files. My program of choice on the Mac is Visual Hub which is quite reasonably priced shareware. I simply dragged my Canon MOD files to it, selected “DV” and “Ready for Final Cut” and “Start.” I was left with DV files ready to edit, although 5x larger. There’s even a setting to force 16:9 aspect ratio. The catch is that you’ll need to re-encode back to Mpeg2 if you’re burning for DVD.

    The nice thing is there aren’t any tapes to get dirty and wear out. Flash cards may be used hundreds or thousands of times, unlike DV tapes which are used once or twice. The size of files are very small and easily archived, over an hour of video on a single DVD-R of raw footage. But, re-encoding to DV and back to Mpeg2 will sacrifice some quality. I think it’s a good trade-off to using a DV recorder since you can do in minutes what it would usually take hours or days.

    As for the features of the camcorder, it has an external mic jack. Thank-you Canon. Finally, someone is listening. If you’ve ever had to record a conversation in a noisy room you will appreciate the ability to use a directional mic. No headphones, but it has an audio meter level display. White balance! Numerous white balance settings as well as manual. Auto and manual shutter speed, exposure, focus, and audio gain at your finger tips. And, an “Easy Mode” for full automatic for those who hate buttons or just need to grab a quick action shot – press “on”, press “easy”, press “record” and you’re recording in seconds. No moving parts except for the lens cap, which is automatic and built-in. No more lost lens cap or one which is smacking into the microphone in the wind while you’re recording. And, size – I can hide the camera in the palm of my hand. It’s tiny, lightweight, and easy to shoot without getting tired.

    As for the not so hot stuff, the recording light is an LED. My old Sony Digital 8 camcorder used a tiny light bulb which appeared as natural light. The LED light is certainly better on the battery but makes everything blue-ish. Battery is internal, nice design but you’re stuck with whatever capacity will fit into that size battery bay. Batteries and charging accessories cost a fortune, although SDHC cards are cheap. The built-in microphone will need some acoustic foam glued over it or check…

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