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Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL

Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL
Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL

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Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL

Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom - 2009 MODEL

Canon’s top-of-the-line, new VIXIA HF S100 Flash Memory
camcorder gives you everything you expect from Canon. It has a
powerful, new 8.59-megapixel Full HD CMOS Image sensor plus
Canon’s latest DIGIC DV III Image Processor. Add a Genuine Canon
10x HD Video Lens and the highest bit rate in AVCHD, and you’ve got
a camcorder that delivers spectacularly realistic HD video and photos.
You can record to removable SDHC memory cards for quick and easy
sharing, also enjoy fast, silent start-up and operation. The Canon
VIXIA HF S100 camcorder lets you shoot like a pro with assist
functions including new zebra patterns, color peaking, a Custom Key
and Dial, and shooting modes, including 24p Cinema Mode for video
that looks like a big-screen movie. The VIXIA HF S100 incorporates
some of Canon’s most exciting new functions, including Genuine
Canon Face Detection for perfect focus and exposure, even with faces
looking down or sideways, Pre-Record that captures video 3 seconds
before you press the re

  • Record crisp HD video directly to a removable SDHC memory card
  • Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens; SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer
  • 1920 x 1080 Full HD recording; 24p Cinema Mode, 30p Progressive Mode
  • Built-in 8.0-megapixel digital camera delivers stunning quality photos
  • HDMI terminal for easy, one-cable connectivity to your HDTV

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  1. 346 of 351 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best consumer camcorder I have ever seen. Reviewed by professional videographer., April 5, 2009
    AmazonLover (United States) –

    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL (Electronics)

    I have owned a small wedding videography company for 5 years and after using the HFS10 for a week I am incredibly pleased with it. Please note the HFS10 is identical to the HFS100 except the HFS10 also comes with 32GB of internal flash memory.

    If you want the smallest camcorder you can get without sacrificing video quality in any way, than this is the camcorder for you. I am amazed at how small this thing is while still having a professional grade lens. This is the same Canon lens as on their GL2 which is probably the most popular entry level professional camcorder ever (which I have owned for a few years).

    1.) Professional camera lens with superb HD video quality (even in low light situations). I cannot express enough how amazing the pictures look.

    2.) Accepts up to 32 GB of SDHC Flash memory
    A.) Flash memory is instant. No waiting for tapes to wind or hard drives to spin. The camera goes from off to red light recording in less than 2 seconds.
    B.) Flash memory helps keep the camera small.
    C.) Flash memory protects data from being lost due to the camera being dropped or hit (a real problem with hard drive cameras).

    3.) The still picture quality, even with the built in flash, is unbelievable for a camcorder. I feel like I am shooting with my Rebel XTi.

    4.) I love the auto open and close lens cover. It only opens when you are actually shooting. If the camera is off or if you are reviewing it immediately closes.

    5.) Menus are very easy to navigate.

    1.) Doesn’t come with an HDMI cable. Since it doesn’t take a normal sized HDMI cable I think there is no excuse for that.

    2.) Doesn’t come with a battery charger. You either have to spend $50 to get one or recharge batteries using the camcorder itself.

    3.) No internal memory, however it’s $200 more for the HFS10 for only 32GB of internal storage and that is way too much. It should have only cost an extra $100. Unless you need to be able to record more than 2.5 hours of shooting without changing SDHC cards, then get this camera because a 32GB class 6 SDHC card only costs $100.

    4.) Only comes with the BP-809 battery which doesn’t even last an hour. So you will need to buy the BP-827 which costs another $150. The BP-827 does stick out from the back just a slight bit, but not even an inch and is totally not noticeable nor does it add any real weight.

    5.) 10X optical zoom is a little slim for my liking. I am used to 20X.

    This camcorder is basically a professional lens barrel with an LCD on the side which gives you the best picture quality possible while keeping the size incredibly small. I cannot encourage you enough to get this camcorder.

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  2. 96 of 97 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great Images and Features, Remarkable Stills, May 5, 2009
    Tom D (Columbus, OH United States) –
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    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL (Electronics)

    I’ll try to cover what others haven’t. Yes, the images are sharp and the colors are faithful. That goes for both video and stills. I’ll try to post an image of a flower as an example of a still shot. Posting video’s problematic. One of the key reasons I chose this camcorder is its still image capabilities. I followed other reviewer’s recommendations and purchase the separate battery charger and BP-827 battery. And I purchase the optional video light, VFL-2 which is light and small.

    If you’re new to video, it’s a commitment. Taking good videos requires concentration, and at least a little bit of practice. Though the camcorder is truly compact, the supporting equipment is an order of magnitude more bulky than with today’s point and shoot digital camera. You can slip an excellent point and shoot in your pocket; video demands a case for the charger, cables, optional video light and power supply at a minimum. Then there’s the mandatory downloading and editing.

    This camcorder has so many features and choices that you’ll need to refer to the manual and once you understand the way the menu system works, it’s fairly intuitive. There are five resolution choices for video. Similar for stills. On the other hand, you can start creating videos and stills out of the box; they may not quite match your preferences though. The complexity of the options shouldn’t stop anyone; you don’t have to take advantage of all the features. To get what you want, you’ll need to spend maybe an hour with the camera and manual. The you can pretty much ignore the details if you wish.

    The screen image is readable, even in bright sunlight. And even better with a little tilt to put it in shadow. The controls are OK though the zoom is just a tad awkward for my stubby fingers. Record/Stop is convenient and the camera sits well in your hand. No big deal. Tougher I suppose if you’re left handed.

    I have a couple of 16G, class 6 SDHC cards because they’re at the right price point. They’re good for 1 hour 18 minutes at the highest resolution and that pretty well matches the included battery capability. That’s a LOT of video, though an hour of video may end up as only a few minutes of edited material worth keeping.

    So far I haven’t figured out how to get the video directly off the flash card so it can be edited with the software. I have to download it from the camera using the included software. It may be a problem with the Corel editing software I’m trying to use. The included software seems to have limited editing capabilities, but that may reflect my inexperience as a user. The manual for the software is lengthy, but so far, not particularly useful. (added 17 May 09, With more time the Corel Video Studio 12 is perfect, cheap, and has all the features I need and I’ve been able to pull the video directly off the SDHC card without using the camera, very convenient).

    The zoom’s what you’d expect. The optical zoom is magnificent. The digital has two setting, one to 40X and one to 200X. The 40X setting’s good, the 200X looses a lot and I really can’t imagine a useful application, perhaps very great distances with infinite focus. Only the optical zoom works with stills.

    What I like best: great images, the 3 second “pre-record” feature, beautiful stills, OK sound with the built-in microphone, pop-up flash and video light, and yeah, again crisp images.

    What I don’t like: not crazy about the software, no separate charger, no case or good case recommendation (see below). Trivial compared to what I like.

    Finding a suitable case wasn’t obvious. Tough search. I’m happy with a USA Gear Pro Series “Gear S-6″ for $14.95 from Amazon through Accessory Genie. See my reviews of that case and the Case Logic TBC-5 Medium Case I didn’t like for this application.

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  3. 87 of 89 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Highly Recommended, but understand the “total package cost!, November 29, 2009
    This review is from: Canon VIXIA HFS100 HD Flash Memory Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom – 2009 MODEL (Electronics)

    MY BACKGROUND: techno-geek engineer, camera and camcorder enthusiast, not a pro videographer or pro photographer. I purchased this product from Amazon (great price!) and have explored its capabilities VERY thoroughly for nine months. I use this camcorder to capture magic moments in the life of our 15 month-old daughter.

    Highly recommended for being one of the best full HD (60i/30p @ 1920×1080) “prosumer” camcorders – at this price level. Yes, the convenient SD flash memory is so much better than messy digital tape. The Auto Focus often works even after you attach the recommended accessory lenses or filters. We love this video camera! However you only see the exceptionally vibrant and very-close-to-broadcast-quality video IF you shoot under very bright indoor light lighting conditions (or outdoor on sunny day, or a cloudy day that still manages to be bright) ; otherwise, in less intense indoor lighting the video looks good but nothing that your eyes will perceive as close-to-broadcast-HD quality. (NOTE: this drawback of lower performance in less light is typical to ALL camcorders at this price point, and this one is the least affected by it.) Qualifier: no “video professional” with trained eyes would ever mistake the best video from this camcorder for being close to true broadcast-quality HD, but I do claim that the typical non-professional WILL perceive it as being stunningly close.

    An example will help explain what is meant by “very bright indoor lighting”: if we shoot video at our kitchen table (under direct overhead lighting of five unshaded 75-watt incandescent bulbs) even that much light is NOT enough light to get the best video this camcorder can produce. However, if I put two separate inexpensive flood lights (each using two standard 150-watt incandescent bulbs, so in total 600 Watts!) directly on the subject from about five feet away, then the resulting HD video is so close to broadcast-quality on brightness, crispness, and color intensity that friends and family are stunned when seeing it on a big-screen LCD. For great indoor video, you’ll need something like two easily movable floor lamps / floods that you can position to put at least 600 watts of incandescent light (or equiv.) onto your subject. If your home decor doesn’t suffer to much for it, you can check out the inexpensive 72″ Tochiere brushed metal Floor Lamps available from low-cost department store starting with “T” named after something you aim at. Get about three or four of those to move quickly around the house; you’ll have plenty of light for shooting video.

    1) Shoots astoundingly great photos and can even do continuous-mode 8-megapixel snapshots at 5 frames/second. You will not miss your baby’s momentary smile when you can shoot continuous stills at 5 f/sec, but if you do that for several minutes you will have A LOT of still images to parse!
    2) The AF sensor is located INSIDE the lens ring, meaning the AF usually keeps working even with a variety (but not all) lens attachments.
    3) It has the weird proprietary Canon Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, so your previously existing Universal Hot Shoe accessories (such as camera external flash) will not fit this camcorder. You can buy a small adapter, but that can only convert to a universal COLD shoe.
    4) It may have a 8.6Mp CMOS sensor, but it only utilizes 6Mp of that sensor when shooting movies. However, the video still looks great.
    5) This camcorder records to its memory in 60i; when you set its recording mode to say “24PF” or “30PF” it merely changes its post shooting CONVERSION method. If your goal is something like 24p, you will get better results to simply shoot in its native format, and do your own conversion in post using a higher-end 3rd party utility such as Cineform Neo Scene. NOTE: many report better video end result by using Cineform Neo Scene (or similar) to convert ALL of the S10/S100 AVCHD files for editing as visually lossless (but much larger) CineForm AVI or MOV files.
    6) Get a Blu-ray burner (~$200) for your PC, and you can directly burn this camcorder’s video onto Blu-ray disks, yielding permanent media containing stunning video when seen on a big screen HD LCD.

    This is NOT a sub $1000 investment; it is more like $1600+ (because you’ll need to buy multiple must-have accessories). Plus, you’ll likely discover your PC isn’t fast enough to edit the very CPU-intensive AVCHD video, so you’ll need to buy a very fast PC (which will cost you another $1500, or more). My total outlay is now over four grand, when I also include the cost of the faster PC we had to buy.

    This will better explain how the “total package” must include the critically-needed accessories: imagine you shoot video of your child’s soccer game in the park, only to discover your video is garbage because of wind noise. You see, to…

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