At this rate, we half expect the Legria HFS12 to pop through our door by lunch time today. To put it bluntly; not a lot. As upgrades go, the Canon Legria HFS11 fails to impress, yet it managed to knock our socks off nonetheless. Subsequently, the lack of new tools or features is quite forgivable. During testing, it produced some incredibly sharp images that were bursting with detail and colour. The vibrancy and depth exhibited in our outdoor footage was every bit as impressive as its predecessor, with almost no image noise or digital artifacts marring the picture.
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After all, the HF11 was one of the best camcorders of its generation. The Canon Legria HF S10 gave a solid performance across the board and comes with some very useful features, including a new Video Snapshot mode, a revamped user interface and a wealth of manual controls.
Nevertheless it remains a suburb video camera for those that can afford it; be they die-hard videographers or cashed-up novices. If only it were a little bit cheaper Rather cheekily, Canon has re-branded its previous camcorder range under the Legria banner too, but apart from a name swap they remain unchanged. It consequently bears little resemblance to the HF This helps give the Legria HF S10 a significant boost in resolution, with a gross pixel count of 8.
Other improvements include advanced face detection which can detect up to 35 faces , an 8-megapixel stills mode, a control dial for precise manual adjustments and the afore-mentioned Video Snapshot. This is a beginner-friendly mode that records video in quick, 4-second bursts.
The Canon Legria HF S10 is a very good looking camcorder, with a sleek black body dominated by a disproportionately large lens. For menu navigation, it uses an LCD-mounted joystick configuration, which is functional yet dull. On the plus side, the menu is chock-full of advanced modes and features, including a wealth of focusing options. Like its award-winning stable mate, the HF S10 produces incredibly sharp images that are bursting with details and colour. The richness and depth exhibited in our test footage was truly astonishing, with few instances of noise or image artifacts.
Again, this makes the HF S10 a top contender for the Tropfest set. Each model comes with its own unique pros and cons, which makes crowning a winner somewhat difficult. Join the newsletter!
Canon Legria HFS11 HD camcorder
This is a serious, and seriously stylish, bit of kit, aimed at moviemakers who want Full HD x recording, using the AVCHD format, and manual settings that give total control over image capture. What sweetens this mix is the addition of manual focus, exposure and white balance, plus real pro stylings such as zebra-pattern exposure warning and a 25p progressive shooting mode for flim-like footage. Get in the ring Among the benefits of a high-end cam like this are superb connectivity options. The HF S10 packs in pro essentials like an external mic input and a headphone output.
VIXIA HF S10
It also minimizes the chance of data loss due to damage to your recording media or the moving parts found in other camcorders. For other recording formats, a Class 2 or higher card is recommended. Also, movie recording requires cards with MB of memory or more. Cards made by Toshiba, SanDisk or Matsushita are recommended. No particular restrictions apply for still images. And because it comes with four zoom speeds, three pre-set and one variable, you always get smooth, steady, professional-looking zoom shots.
Canon Legria HF S10 Review
After all, the HF11 was one of the best camcorders of its generation. The Canon Legria HF S10 gave a solid performance across the board and comes with some very useful features, including a new Video Snapshot mode, a revamped user interface and a wealth of manual controls. Nevertheless it remains a suburb video camera for those that can afford it; be they die-hard videographers or cashed-up novices. If only it were a little bit cheaper