Canon Vixia HF S10
Manufacturer: Canon Part number: 3568B001
- Bottom Line:
- An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy.
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- Reviewed by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 04/05/2009
The good: Excellent video quality and performance; nicely designed interface; fast battery charging.
The bad: No eye-level viewfinder; expensive; lens cover rattles when closed.
The bottom line: An excellent flash-based prosumer HD camcorder, you may nevertheless pass on the Canon Vixia HF S10 because it lacks an eye-level viewfinder. And the identical--but cheaper, because it has no built-in memory--Vixia HF S100 may also be a better buy.
Good, but audio not what I had hoped for.
by leware on June 2, 2009
Pros: Feels solid, good video, very convenient.
Cons: Basically the less-than-ideal sound quality. Absence of an electronic viewfinder (EVF). Instead of a remote control, I would have preferred an HDMI cable...
Summary: I bought this camcorder as a replacement for an aging mini-DVD Hitachi DZMV380A, and because I had been longing for a decent flash-based cam for years: and now with HD ...
Summary: I bought this camcorder as a replacement for an aging mini-DVD Hitachi DZMV380A, and because I had been longing for a decent flash-based cam for years: and now with HD and 16:9, the time had come to upgrade. First impressions were quite good, this cam does seem to be of good build quality.
I use my cam almost exclusively to film piano concerts of our son, and other musical events.
My main complaint: I find the sound *significantly* worse than on the Hitachi. I believe one of the main reasons is the automatic volume control, it seems to flatten the dynamics, everything is always loud, even within notes. So I now record with manual volume control, and normalize volume during post-processing. The results are certainly better (altho I think they are still worse than the Hitachi was, with latter on automatic volume control -- not sure I could go manual on it). See samples below.
The second major problem I noticed in some recordings is a ringing effect heard at times: see sample below. At this point (analysis on-going), I don't know if it's:
- the room acoustics (I doubt it, as I've heard it in a few rooms),
- the mics, or maybe their position on the side,
- the analog-to-digital converter,
- the Dolby AC-3 encoder, or
- the decoding on PC, or my post-processing (not at all impossible).
But it's almost as annoying as the other problem. No workaround for now.
Unfortunately, I have not been able to find much on the web about the audio quality of any camcorder (a suggestion to editorial reviewers: get the audio folks into the picture). And I wish I could better understand how these automatic volume controls work, and why my old Hitachi seemed so much better in this regard (perhaps it had less sensitivity and the automatic volume control hardly kicked in -- I tried mic attenuation on the Canon, but that went too far to be useful).
Wrt video, I notice that there seems to be a bit more video noise compared to my old Hitachi (comparing stage recordings done in the same room). But obviously, the video looks much better, no question there.
I did have one incident which intrigued me somewhat. With the cam on a tripod, and very little movement on the stage, the image went out of focus for a few seconds then back in focus: see sample below. Not too sure why. I only noticed this once, but perhaps it has happened more than once (my eyesight isn't what it used to be, if I'm not paying attention, I might not notice). So maybe I'll switch to manual focus too :-).
Four short (~15 sec) samples: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SU2KhfSlh6E
- Automatic volume control --> not good
- Manual volume control, with post normalization of the audio --> better
- Ringing effect in the sound --> not good
- Focus glitch for no apparent reason
(earphones make the first three problems easier to hear)
AVCHD processing is indeed taxing on the PC (even with a decent PC, it still takes four times elapsed to process the video into DVD-compatible video). But the end result on a DVD is much better (for the video) than the old Hitachi.
Finally a few comments on the documentation. It does not describe what "cine" mode does. Sure, I can just try it out, but maybe I won't see all it does, and so not know just when I'd want to use it. What I see is reduced contrast and color saturation (I can see some use for that, stages are very contrasty). And the manual doesn't tell me how much the mic attenuation is (is it -20dB, or more as it seems). But in general, it is very good, with cross-references all over, and enough icons for a lifetime.
6 out of 6 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simply the best.
by photolito on July 10, 2009
Pros: HD Video Quality, Excellent Microphone placement, sound is pretty good: better than expected, Lens is big, above average photos from a camcorder, big sensor, good grip, nice looks, HDMI, internal storage and sd, nice video light for night recording.
Cons: No firewire, generic battery won't display time and always prompts for usage at beginning, no hdmi cable included, a bit expensive (but it's excellent value), there's so many features that it's a bit hard to control and understand.
Summary: The video quality of this camera is simply the best. You are paying a pretty penny for it, but it will pay off since you know it's a piece ...
Summary: The video quality of this camera is simply the best. You are paying a pretty penny for it, but it will pay off since you know it's a piece of technology that will not be obsolete for a long time. Hooked it up to a 50" Pioneer Plasma and it looked as good as the video on other HD channels. Microphone placement is smart, and some will choose sony and panasonic over this camcorder as they have 5.1 channel Dolby digital, but really it's more or less the same,and I can't see any problems with the sound quality and I think the sound matches the amazing video quality. The big sensor helps while taking pictures, especially since the high end sony claims to take 12 mp stills even when it only has a 6 mp sensor ... Although, I do really wish they included firewire so transfer could go faster. I could go on and on about this camcorder because it's just so great, but if you're thinking about buying it, and you're not sure, just buy it. If budget is an issue , then I would look at the Vixia HF S100, and if it's still an issue, then the HF 200 and 20 are excellent choices as well.
3 out of 3 users found this user opinion helpful.
I'm really impress with the image quality at night
by angelanais on April 24, 2009
Pros: Excellent image quality specially at night or low light events.
Cons: really insignificant to mention compare to the pros.
Summary: I'm really impress with this camcorder. Must Camcorders (and also regular cameras) work really poor in low light ambients. This is almost natural in all cameras. I bought this ...
Summary: I'm really impress with this camcorder. Must Camcorders (and also regular cameras) work really poor in low light ambients. This is almost natural in all cameras. I bought this camera and the fist thing I record was an event in a small auditorium with almost no light, only couple spot lights in the stage. I though I will find later a High Quality (1080) but grainy image. And what was my surprise to fine a Clear NO GRAINY image. I was in shock. Then I hook the camcorder to my Samsung 46" HDTV (LN46A750) and the image was excellent, no grainy, clear edges, the color was perfect. I can identify every single person on the stage.
At the moment, I only test the camcorder on low light (night events). I'm sure that any event during day light will be almost like movie style. Obviously it is not a profesional camcorder but for any person who want one that work really well at night with excellent quality, the HF S10 is the #1 option so far. Hope other people share my opinion.
If I need to say something bad about the camcorder it will be lens cover, it shake a little bit if you shake really hard the camcorder (no big deal) but I heard this before from other people and it is true. Also I'm a MAC computer guy I the software to edit video only cames for PC.
I recommend 100% this camcorder.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
by mikeybigz on April 3, 2009
Pros: The features that I really enjoy are the 24p cinema mode and the fact that sound quality equally matched that of video quality.
Cons: The menu style takes a little getting used to but, if have a canon powershot camera then you will be able to easily navigate the menu on the hf s10.
Summary: My bottom line is that the camcorder offers superb video quality. I like the fact that all sound is recorded in Dolby Stereo (I understand the the Sony models record ...
Summary: My bottom line is that the camcorder offers superb video quality. I like the fact that all sound is recorded in Dolby Stereo (I understand the the Sony models record in 5.1 Dolby but, the zoom aspect of the microphone does not fully allow 5.1 configuration). There is no complaints to camcorder as of yet. Thank you canon for producing another quality product.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Simple controls, Professional Results!
by SC20 on March 22, 2010
Pros: I love the fact that is is totally digital and full 1080p HD results. It has a built in 32GB memory and I bought a 32GB SD memory card for the memory slot. You can choose to store video on one and photos on the other! I can shoot hours of video!
Cons: When you "pan" around with the camera, since it is digital, there is a little noise until you steady on your subject but the effect is negligible. This camera simply shoots the best digital images I have seen on a consumer product.
Summary: For the price, you are getting one of if not the best consumer digital video camera on the market. Canon has put some great optics on an already well built ...
Summary: For the price, you are getting one of if not the best consumer digital video camera on the market. Canon has put some great optics on an already well built solid state chassis. Hands down this camera rocks and worth every penny!
I am very happy I invested in this camera as I was so tired of losing those family treasures to time and decay with tape and the mini DVD camcorder I bought was sub-par compared to the video quality this thing can produce. I canno say enough great things about this camera...just go buy one already and ditch all the DVD and Tape media! You will not be disappointed!
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
It's a very good camera for the money ~ 920 $ from inet
by alex_sf on September 20, 2009
Pros: 1 Good picture quality, vivid colors.
2 Lots of manual controls
3 Simplisity of usage
4 For pro - good secondary camera
Cons: 1 Menu bit tricky @ overcomplicated
2 Autofocus slow @ range short
3 From my point of wiev photo ability unnecessary(quality like soup box photocamera)
4 Doesn't have a dedicated underwater case, I built myselef from Sony underwater sports case
so far so good
by canradman on April 30, 2009
Pros: Easy to learn
Cons: nothing so far
Summary: Got this camera yesterday. Works great. Took a few minutes to figure out how to make it work with IMovie 9.0, but the it worked flawlessly. They say not ...
Summary: Got this camera yesterday. Works great. Took a few minutes to figure out how to make it work with IMovie 9.0, but the it worked flawlessly. They say not Mac compatible, but it seems to work well for me.
I would like advice from other users about what resolution to us and what is practicle. At full res 24 Mbps file size is massive.
0 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
- Manufacturer: Canon
- Part number: 3568B001
- Description: The VIXIA HF S10 delivers brilliant video and photos through a Canon exclusive 8.59 megapixel CMOS image sensor and the latest version of Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III. It combines lightweight, compact size and the ease and convenience of flash memory. This technology, the same used in advanced laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones, allows the VIXIA HF S10 to record to both its large internal memory, for up to 12 hours of crisp, high definition video, as well as to a removable SDHC card. You have extended available recording space and more flexibility in file transfer and playback. What's more, the VIXIA HF S10 allows you to record at up to 24Mbps, the highest bit rate in AVCHD format, for the highest quality image. The VIXIA HF S10's Canon exclusive features - such as the Genuine Canon 10x HD video lens, sophisticated genuine Canon face detection capability, SuperRange optical image stabilization and a host of control and creative options.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Camcorder - 1080p
- Camcorder Sensor Resolution 8.59 megapixels
- Effective Video Resolution 6.01 megapixels
- Digital Zoom 200 x
- Effective Photo Resolution 8.02 megapixels
- Total Pixels 8.59 megapixels
- Camcorder Media Type Flash card
- Optical Sensor Size 1/2.6"
- Optical Sensor Type CMOS
- Min Illumination 0.3 lux
- Analog video format NTSC
- Digital Video Format MPEG-4,
- Image Stabilizer Optical (SuperRange)
- 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 Cloudy,
Fluorescent light (warm white),
Fluorescent light (cool white),
- Exposure Modes Program,
- Camera Flash Pop-up flash
- Image Recording Format JPEG
- Flash Modes Fill-in mode,
Flash OFF mode,
- Features AF illuminator
- Widescreen Video Capture Yes
- AV Interfaces HDMI,
- Type 10 x x Zoom lens - 6.4 mm - 64 mm - F/1.8-3.0
- Lens Construction 9 groups / 11 elements
- Lens aperture F/1.8-3.0
- Features Built-in lens shield
- Optical Zoom 10 x
- Lens system type Zoom lens
- Min focal length 6.4 mm
- Max focal length 64 mm
- Auto Focus TTL phase detection
- Filter Size 58 mm
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Min Focus Range 0.4 in
- Zoom Adjustment Motorized drive
- Self Timer Delay 10 sec
- Low Lux / Night Mode Yes
- Additional Features Exif Print support,
24p Cinema Mode,
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 ImageMixer 3SE,
Drivers & Utilities
- Included Accessories IR remote control,
Component video cable,
Audio / video cable
- Viewfinder Type None
- Type 2.7 in LCD display
- Connector Type 1 x Component video output,
1 x Composite video/audio output,
1 x HDMI,
1 x Microphone,
1 x USB,
1 x Headphones
Memory / Storage
- Media type Flash card
- Memory Card Slot SD card
- Internal Storage 32 GB Flash
- Included Memory Card 32 GB
- Video Recording Modes LP,
System Requirements for PC Connection
- Peripheral Devices USB port,
- Supported Battery Canon BP-807
- Supported Battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery - 890 mAh ( Included )
- Audio input type Microphone
- Microphone type Built-in
- Microphone Operation Mode Stereo
- Microphone technology Electret condenser
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - Parts and labor - 1 year
- Battery type - Lithium ion
Viewfinder / Display
- Display Features Rotating
- Resolution 211,000 pixels
- Width 2.8 in
- Depth 5.4 in
- Height 2.7 in
- Weight 15.9 oz
- Sony LCE X3TH - case for camcorder (34881135)344.95
- 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
- KATA PRO Video Collection CCC-10-A - carrying bag for camcorder (34400943)325.00
- 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