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.
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...
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.