Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: CNETG10
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price range: $1,079.00 - $1,170.00
- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 04/27/2011
- Released on: 03/15/2011
The good: The Canon Vixia HF G10 delivers great video quality and a lot of useful features for advanced shooters.
The bad: Design issues that affect frequently used adjustments may annoy the very people the camcorder is designed to attract, and for the money it should ship with a double-capacity battery.
The bottom line: While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers.
First impression - Fantastic!
by FranciscoWilliams on January 9, 2012
Pros: + Amazing low light, controls, and options
+ Lens hood is a great add cuts glare
+ SSD based, 32GB internal + 2 slots for SD cards
+ Very good LCD screen, consumes less power
+ Comes with all the cables, remote including mini HDMI
Cons: - Copying data via USB is slow
- Audio recorded is slightly tinny, an external mic could make it sound a lot better
Summary: There's a million articles around about all the merits and disadvantages of the multitude of options available on this camera (24p, full HD, AVCHD, compression, etc.). I'll leave ...
Summary: There's a million articles around about all the merits and disadvantages of the multitude of options available on this camera (24p, full HD, AVCHD, compression, etc.). I'll leave those discussions alone. What I will say is that the quality of video produced by th G10 is outstanding. Wide dynamic range, beautiful low light (indoors), very acurate color - it's all there. A few subtle but key features make this a terrific camera: 58mm filter attachment (let's me access my SLR arsenal of filters), solid built in microphone (it's pretty darn good), light weight yet solid feel, beautiful display as well as a good electronic view finder, manual focus ring, and more.
My first outing (to the zoo) I set it to "Cinema" which defaults to 24p with a "dull" wide dynamic range filter. I was actually pretty disappointed with the picture, and the 24p doesn't do much for me (I rendered to Blu-Ray and played back on my Vizio HDTV). Next outing, I mounted a circular polarized filter on the lens and set the camera to M (Manual). I selected the highest bit rate (MXP) which produces full 1920x1080 and set the frame rate to 30p. Wow. On an overcast November day (here in Colorado), the footage was amazing. From motion, to dynamic range, to color reproduction the video is truly the best I've ever shot. Auto mode is fine as well, however I think it sets the frame rate to 60i, which I do not like (messy in editing).
I've also played around with some of the other features (there are a bunch of "filters" available in Cinema mode, which are pretty nice versions of standard NLE filters - I recommend doing this sort of thing in a NLE). The 8 blade iris does produce nice bokeh, although nothing like my f1.4 prime slr lens. The "teleMacro" feature happens automatically in AUTO mode, and I still don't see how it is any different than just zooming in with the apeture opened up.
I teach introductory video production using macs, but prefer a PC at home. I have not imported any video to my Mac yet, but the full HD video is cumbersome on my PC (Intel i7). This is not a reflection of the camera, but you should be aware that full HD is a beast. The Canon software seems like it might actually be useful for cataloging and importing (a first for Canon!).
Complaints: Not many. You will need to buy an additional battery. The lens hood is a great feature, but it seems flimsy. I would have preferred a full sized accessory shoe. I could have come up with a better place to put the headphone jack and the external microphone jack. I would also have added another "shoulder strap point" similar to an SLR. The touch screen is not a friendly as my iTouch (you have to press pretty hard). This also makes your preview screen constantly smudged. I often film from the hip, so I would have made the trigger button(start/stop) easier to push while holding this way.
Add ons: Get a bigger battery. Right away I slapped a 58mm UV protective filter on the end (keep the lens safe and clean). I bought an after-market lens cap with a keeper cord. I rigged a shoulder strap from some climbing gear (prusik cord and spectra sling) to keep it tied in (no drop!). I do intend to film some rock climbing from a static line, so I'm trying to figure out a good holster system to keep the camera safe while I jumar up and down. I'm looking at a simple slr zoom holster.
Summary: My last camcorder was a HV30. Great HDV camera, but the mechanism was noisy, and the image quality was pretty flat (no dynamic range). Plus, I'm done with 1440. While expensive, the G10 is a remarkable step up. Be prepared for cumbersome editing with full HD, but the improvement in quality and dynamic range, especially at low light as well as the "pro" feature set, make this camera well worth it.
UPDATE: Well, after three months, I'm even more impressed with the G10. I've learned alot more about the unit, and I think I'll retract my comments about 24f. You can access this in either P mode or the "cinema" mode, and you can also select the other frame rate options from either. I have stuck with 30P as my monitors and HDTV don't refresh at a multiple of 24 (and I just like 30fps more). I use (and teach) both mac and pcs for editing. I use the G10 for personal video, and I publish to blu-rays, so I have stuck to my PC so far for editing the video. I'll update more when I get around to putting some of the footage on my mac at work. A great camcorder - no doubt. You're only alternative is to spend a bunch more or go the DSLR video route (which has it's own advantages and disadvantages).
I noticed that when the internal memory starts filling up, it takes a few seconds to complete a full stop from writing the file. It's really not a problem, but a curiosity (could also be from so many files in one drive?). Any ideas?
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Thanks for reading.
10 out of 10 users found this user opinion helpful.
Much more than I expected! Awesome HD video & photos!
by Chris-Soto on September 20, 2011
Pros: Great low light videos. Phenomenal photos. The way they set this up using the HD sensor, 2.1 megapixels somehow seams to be more than enough for anything but very large group photos or wide scenic shots where you might want to be able to zoom in for det
Cons: I wish the flash on my video light/flash would work for photos. I wouldn't mind hearing if anyone finds a solution.
Summary: Worth every penny. I know it is expensive amongst competitors, however, this ranks as one of my best electronic purchases ever.One update. I wanted ...
Updated on Sep 20, 2011
Summary: Worth every penny. I know it is expensive amongst competitors, however, this ranks as one of my best electronic purchases ever.One update. I wanted to mention that you can scroll on the screen using both sides of the screen. I believe this was an oversight of the editor review who believed you could only scroll from one side because the scroll bar only appears on one side at times. This should only enhance the review. The touch screen is amazing for reviewing and shooting.
Updated on Sep 20, 2011
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: CNETG10
- Description: Packing in every feature a video enthusiast could ask for, the VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory camcorder is Canon's flagship consumer camcorder, providing the ultimate in HD video performance and quality. Recording Full HD 1920 x 1080 video, the VIXIA HF G10 features a Genuine Canon 10x HD Video Lens 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.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder,
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 2.37 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 2.07 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 200 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 2.07 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/3"
- Optical Sensor Type HD CMOS Pro
- Min Illumination 0.1 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format AVCHD
- Image Stabilizer Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
- Digital Scene Transition Wipe fader,
- Min Shutter Speed 1/2 sec
- Image Processor DIGIC DV III
- Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 sec
- Shooting modes Digital photo mode
- Shooting Programs Snow,
- White Balance Automatic,
- White Balance Presets Daylight,
2000K - 15000K (100K steps),
Fluorescent light (warm white),
Fluorescent light (cool white)
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- Features SMPTE Color Bars,
Selectable frame rates,
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 4.25 mm - 42.5 mm - F/1.8-2.8
- Lens aperture F/1.8-2.8
- Features Aspherical lens,
Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 4.25 mm
- Max focal length 42.5 mm
- Auto Focus TTL contrast detection
- Filter Size 58 mm
- Focal Length Equivalent to 35mm Camera 30.4 - 304 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.8 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Self Timer Delay 2 sec,
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features 24p Cinema Mode,
Auto gain control,
Video Snapshot mode,
Auto Backlight Compensation,
5.1 channel surround sound ready,
Touch & Track technology,
Accessories hot shoe ,
RGB primary color filter,
Dolby Digital AC-3 (2 channel) recording,
Takes photos while movie recording,
USB 2.0 compatibility
- Remote control Remote control - Infrared
- Software Pixela Video Browser,
Pixela Transfer Utility,
Drivers & Utilities
- Included Accessories HDMI cable,
IR remote control,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type LCD
- Viewfinder Diagonal Size 0.24 in
- Viewfinder Resolution 260,000 pixels
- Type 3.5 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Component video output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI output,
1 x Hi-Speed USB,
1 x Microphone,
1 x Headphones,
1 x Control-L (LANC)
- Microphone Features Zoom,
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Supported Memory Cards SD Memory Card
- Internal Storage 32 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card 32 GB
- Image Storage JPEG 1920 x 1080
- Video Capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 24Mbps - Require SDHC Class 4 or higher,
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 - 17Mbps - Require SDHC Class 4 or higher,
1440 x 1080 - 12Mbps,
1440 x 1080 - 7Mbps,
1440 x 1080 - 5Mbps
- Video Recording Modes LP,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Canon BP-808
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 890 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 23 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 113 °F
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 922,000 pixels
- Viewfinder Color Support Color
- Width 3 in
- Depth 5.9 in
- Height 3.1 in
- Weight 19.2 oz
- Canon WP V3 - marine case for camcorder (34930183)449.95 - 499.99
- Porta-Brace Hiker Backpack Camera Case HK-1 - case for camcorder (31058034)441.81 - 459.17
- Porta-Brace Quick-Draw Camera Case CC-210-PW - case for camcorder (31039932)399.00
- Porta-Brace Shoulder Case SC-D500 - case for camcorder (31026190)372.37 - 429.00
- Canon WP V2 - marine case for camcorder (33984051)367.76 - 499.00
- CANON XL1S VIDEO CAMCORDER CASE (7032423)399.99
- Panasonic P2HD-CASE - carrying bag for camcorder (33921985)363.95
- Panasonic SHAN-TM700 - tripod adapter (31027498)249.95 - 399.95
- Porta-Brace Polar Bear Insulated Case POL-3 - case for camcorder (31030134)381.05 - 406.01
- Porta-Brace Polar Bear Insulated Case POL-5 - case for camcorder (31031922)389.40 - 398.41