Canon Camcorder Reviews
Canon VIXIA HV40 – Amateur videographers and the occasional camcorder user find the Canon HV40 camcorder very easy to use. It has many of the Canon features that you have come to expect. You will discover this camcorder can offer high quality images and video. If you don’t have high definition equipment you can record in standard definition mode with the same great results. The Canon HV40 Camcorder offers both an easy change between HD and Standard. If there is one drawback to the line of Canon camcorders it seems to lie in the battery. One constant in reviewing this camcorder has shown up as short on battery life, but it is an otherwise great product.
Canon VIXIA HG21 – Canon presents numerous camcorders in their amateur and professional line. The Canon HG21 Camcorder is just one of the options you have. It will certainly not disappoint you with its built-in 120 GB hard disk drive that has the Advanced Video Codec High Definition format. This lets you have forty five minutes of high definition video with wonderful imagery. All of the latest technology has gone into this latest camcorder from Canon.
Canon VIXIA HG20 – The reputation of Canon cameras and camcorders is one of high quality images along with many features and ease of use. The Canon HG20 camcorder has all of that and a little more. The compact design allows you to take the camcorder anywhere; however, you can’t carry it in your pocket. This isn’t necessarily a drawback though, because it has a higher resolution than many of the pocket sized camcorders. The quality images of the video and still photos are just what you expect from Canon: excellent. The vivid colors bring the images to life. It fits nicely in your hand so there is no awkwardness while recording and viewing on your television set is quick and easy.
Canon VIXIA HF200 – Canon is one of the most trusted names in photography equipment as well as camcorders. Their optical prowess is well known and they tend to be leaders in their area. That’s why when the Canon HF 200 camcorder came to the market we felt that a review was in order. This high definition camcorder has the clarity you expect from a Canon, not only for the videos but for still images as well. While it is super lightweight it won’t fit in a pocket or a small purse. Beyond that though, this camcorder delivers.
Canon VIXIA HF20 – For a light weight high definition video camera, the Canon HF20 certainly has some great qualities, and no wonder. Canon is one of the top manufacturers of all styles of cameras. The ability to provide compatibility with earlier models, filters, and accessories just adds to the product you consider purchasing.
Canon VIXIA HF S100 – When Canon released the Canon HF S100 they stated it was “easy and convenient to share HD video,” and they were right. The connections such as the HDMI port make it easy to hook up to other technological components and upload videos to your computer. Overall the S100 has excellent image quality, accurate capture, vibrant color, a compact design, and an easy to use style.
Canon VIXIA HF S11 – The Canon HF S11 Dual Flash Memory Camcorder is one of the latest products offered by the renowned company. Canon is one of the top two producers of cameras, always keeping their products on the same level as Nikon. When it comes down to which camera is better it is often the user’s preferences regarding style and comfort over features and durability. The Canon HF S11 is definitely a more professional camcorder with progressive image processing and technology for a high definition world.
Canon VIXIA HF S10
- Canon is known for its durability, usability, and mostly for its optical excellence. These three things are all good aspects to have in any camera, not just a camcorder. However, we are going to discuss the Canon HF S10 only with the dual flash memory. At the time of its release the S10 model camcorder was top of the line and the next step in HD Video. I say this because the Canon HF S11 has now been released, and though they were both released within a year of each other, the latest S11 model has slightly upgraded features.
- The design of the Canon FS31 is small and sleek so new users should be able to handle this new device with ease. It does not make use of the touchscreen technologies so navigating through the display can be done using the familiar joystick present in many older Canon camcorders. Fortunately, the display is nice measuring 2.7 inches so playing back videos should look good. A convenient addition to this model is the new lens cover which is built-in to the camcorder and closes automatically when the camcorder is shut off. Some of the cables present in the package include a stereo video cable, USB interface cable, and battery pack.
- The FS300 contains many of the nice shooting features that the FS200 provides including the Quick Start feature which readies the camcorder for recording whenever needed. To compensate for missed moments, the Pre-Record feature can be used to record any three seconds that occurred immediately before the “Record” button is pressed.
Canon HF M300
- The M300 fully depends on an SD memory card with a maximum capacity of 32 GB. This allows nearly 3 hours of 1080p video in MXP quality. This quality is recommended for professional videos as it features the maximum 24 Mbps recording power for getting all the lifelike quality that the AVCHD format has to offer. In addition, four other recording modes can be used to increase the recording time with the lowest being the LP mode which allows 12 hours of footage to be stored in a 32 GB SDHC card. Combined with the low power consumption rate and no moving internal parts, recording is convenient and safe.
Canon HF R10
- The Canon VIXIA HF R10 is a great digital camcorder to try out first because it has the look and feel of models in the upper tiers. Since it is light on features, the R10 ends up being lightweight too and the strap on the side is well made and comfortable. The opposite side of the camcorder lies the LCD screen measuring 2.7?. Unlike the midrange and high-end models, nothing is stored under the display. The screen isn’t touchscreen either so there are some buttons on the left of the display for interacting with the interface.
Canon HF R11
- The R11 features a decent 20x HD video lens that is actually has a higher zooming capability than the recent midrange VIXIA HF M series. Its HD CMOS Image Sensor does cut down at 2.39 megapixels, but that does not stop it from recording in full HD 1080p resolution with good imaging and color performance. The Canon VIXIA HF R11’s main strengths are its enhanced reproduction of blue and purple tones.
Canon HF R100
- Although the HF R100 costs a few hundred dollars more than the pocket-sized camcorders, it has an improved video lens that can zoom up to 20x. It also has a 2.39-megapixel CMOS Image Sensor allowing it to take still images using the button found on top of the camcorder. Videos can be recorded in full HD and the recorded videos can be played back via HDMI on any 1080p TV.
Canon HF S20
- The comfortable strap isn’t the only reason why the Canon VIXIA HF S20 is best for recording hours of video in a single session. The S20 is packed with more storage options than ever with 2 SD memory card slots and an internal 32 GB flash drive. Although the 10x zoom is weaker than the newer M21 model, the recording potential is much better, thanks to the extra card slots and Relay Recording technology.
Canon HF S21
- The Canon VIXIA HF S21 rightfully earns the flagship title because of its massive storage capacity and stability. It is currently the only model in Canon’s lineup that offers a massive 64 GB storage space of internal flash memory. This means that nearly 6 hours of straight footage can be recorded using the maximum 24 Mbps settings in full 1080p quality. The Mbps can be lowered to allow greater recording time.
Canon VIXIA HF S200
- Although the touch screen interface is one of the main highlights, the Canon VIXIA HF S200 still maintains the high resolution features and even strives to improve on some of the weaker features to give it more value.
Canon HF M30
- The layout of the Canon VIXIA HF M30 is more simplified with fewer buttons because the 2.7-inch LCD display now doubles as a touchscreen. Some clutter is reduced as well with the microphone and other component inputs moved to the side of the camera which can be protected when the LCD display is closed. The only button found on the display is the Powered IS button which adds some stability whenever needed.
Canon HF M31
- The Canon HF M31 features a 15x HD video lens and a 3.89-megapixel CMOS Image Sensor. These lens specifications allows users to take high definition 1080p video or images with good saturation levels even in bright light. The color accuracy is average, but it performs a lot better than other HD cameras when it comes to sharpness and motion performance. This is because of an improvement to the Dynamic SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization technology which compensates for subtle hand movements. With the Powered IS button being held on the LCD display, better stability is achieved. The noise levels are a bit high as well, but it isn’t a problem in low light situations.
Canon HF M32 – The Canon Vixia HF M32 is light and compact but it delivers quality video and still images without compromise. The only drawback is that some users may find the touch-screen a little too small to maneuver around the option menu but the interface is intuitive and user-friendly. It has great auto functions for easy shooting and still has room for advance users to move around with its comprehensive options. It comes with great features and is overall a smart choice for the average user who is space conscious but need for big internal or external memory.
Canon FS40 – The Canon FS40 costs about $300 which is around $80 cheaper than the cheapest VIXIA model as of late January 2011 and that model does not even have internal memory. High-definition video is being embraced more, but those that do not mind average quality and just want to record for fun will like the FS40 features.
Canon FS400 – The Canon FS400 is not only cheap with the $280 price tag but it has a handful of modern features like the SDXC card support as well as a few technologies that some of the VIXIA models have. As long as high-definition quality is not needed, this widescreen camcorder should be fun enough to use on various non-professional occasions.
Canon VIXIA HFG10 – At around $1,500 the Canon HF G10 is considerably more than high-end S31 and even the S21 which offers more storage space. But it has the best external and internal features along with that unique 8-blade iris which gives this camcorder a noticeable performance boost.
Canon VIXIA HF M40 – The Canon VIXIA HF M40 will be priced at $699 which is $100 more than the M30 and equal to the price of the M31. The main advantages of the M31 is the memory along with the slight megapixel and zoom ratio counts but that does not matter that much considering the SDXC support and improved image sensor so the M40 takes the recommendation in the compact camcorder category.
Canon VIXIA HF M41 – The Canon VIXIA HF M41 is a massive improvement for those that can live with the 10x zoom. With the support for SDXC formats, memory problems are a thing of the past. While the SDXC is more expensive, users can enjoy reduced power consumption for longer battery life and quicker transfer speeds when sharing and the downconverting feature can still be used when sharing. All of this leads to the $799 price tag making it $100 more the M40 and M31 models.
Canon VIXIA HF R200 – The $380 price tag makes the Canon HF R200 the most affordable digital camcorder in Canon’s arsenal that supports Full HD recording. It is cheap because of the lack of memory and fortunately that can be overridden when buying and SD card or two.
Canon VIXIA HF S30 – The Canon HF S30 boasts few but significant improvements to people that want extra memory without fleeing to hard drive storages. Some of the color accuracy problems remain but at $100 more than the S20, the HF S30 serves as a fantastic upgrade.
Canon VIXIA HF S200 – The Canon VIXIA HF S200 is the perfect choice for recording videos in the highest quality possible without spending more than $1,000. The touch screen is a nice addition and the added web sharing features make it one of the more enjoyable flagship cameras to use.
For more details on Canon’s latest range of Camcorders, visit the Official Canon Site.