Nic Rossmüller : January 9th 2008 - 00:00 CET
Canon HF10 : Canon expands its award-winning High Definition (HD) camcorder range with the announcement of a groundbreaking flash memory-based model. The compact Canon HD Camcorder HF10 will thrill creative moviemakers who want maximum mobility and the chance to shoot High Definition footage in challenging new environments. The Canon HF10 features a new Dual Flash Memory system. Flash Memory allows the Canon HF10 to offer a range of benefits compared to camcorders based on other media: like Hard Disk Drives (HDD), the camcorder provides extended recording times; but it is more compact than DVD camcorders; and it provides superb image quality, comparable with the standard set by High Definition Video (HDV).|
Canon HF10 camcorder - Video resolution
Featuring the acclaimed Canon HD Camera System, the Canon HF10 model is also the first HD camcorder from Canon to record at 1920x1080 Full HD video resolution. More power-efficient and robust than other recording media, flash memory also results in significantly smaller, lighter HD camcorder designs - the Canon HF10 weighs in at approximately 380g. The HF10 camcorder records directly to standard SD or SDHC memory cards, but thanks to the Dual Flash Memory system, the Canon HF10 also offers an impressive additional 16GB of internal memory as standard.
Canon HF10 SD camcorder - SDHC card and Full HD
Using the internal flash memory and an optional 16GB SDHC card, for example, provides enough capacity to store over 12 hours of HD footage in a camcorder that is small enough to slip in a pocket. “The Canon HF10 and HF100 extend Canon’s High Definition range with the very latest in recording technology,” said Mogens Jensen, Head of Canon Consumer Imaging Europe. “Combining the quality of the Canon HD Camera System with flash memory and 1920x1080 Full HD recording - not to mention the unique advantages of Dual Flash Memory with the HF10 - these products re-define what can be achieved with a Canon HD camcorder.”
Canon HF10 High Definition camcorder - Dual Flash recording
The new Canon HF10, one of the first Canon HD camcorders to benefit from Dual Flash Memory recording, offers a number of advantages to the adventurous moviemaker. The HF10 gives users the flexibility to record to either removable memory cards or 16GB of internal flash memory. With space to store over 6 hours of high quality HD footage – improved on only by bulky HDD models - the Canon HF10 allows filming to continue even without a memory card. For particularly long shoots, the SD/SDHC memory card slot provides additional, scalable capacity. Video and stills can even be copied across from the internal memory to a memory card for back up or for sharing at a later date.
Canon HF10 features
• Dual Flash Memory: records to either 16GB internal memory or SD/SDHC (High Capacity) memory card
• Stylish, lightweight design with the power of 1920x1080 Full HD recording
• Canon HD Camera System for outstanding quality
• 12x optical zoom Canon HD Video Lens with Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS)
• New 3.3MP Full HD CMOS sensor
• DIGIC DV II image processor
• Instant AF for super-fast, accurate auto focusing
• New Intelligent battery system, with extended battery life
• Advanced photo features, including 3.1MP still image capture
• Multi-angle Vivid LCD screen
• Bundled software: Canon Solution Disk and Pixela ImageMixer 3 SE
• Versatile recording system: new mini Advanced Accessory Shoe, microphone input with manual audio controls; HDMI and component outputs; compatible with Canon’s new Canon DVD burner DW-100
Canon HF10 HD video camera - Advantages and Compact
Flash camcorders offer several key advantages. They require less power and offer faster start up times than camcorders that use traditional recording media. Flash memory is also physically smaller than other media, allowing for a significantly lighter and smaller camcorder design. Finished in sophisticated black, the new model is compact enough to be carried in a jacket pocket. Since flash memory involves no moving parts, footage is less vulnerable to the knocks and bumps a camcorder is often subjected to.
Canon HF10 digital video - Full HD recording
The new HF10 is the first HD camcorder from Canon to record HD1080i video at the maximum resolution permitted by the AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec for High Definition) standard: 1920x1080 Full HD. Perfectly matched with the latest Full HD TVs, this picture size delivers the very best possible image quality. Boosting image quality even further, the Canon HF10 camcorder has an increased maximum average data rate of 17Mbps during recording. In total, users can choose between four recording quality modes.
Canon HD Camera System
The Canon HF10 benefits from cutting edge technological advances and refinements made to the Canon HD Camera System.6 Both camcorders benefit from the improved resolution and image quality of Canon’s new 3.3MP Full HD CMOS sensor, the extended range of the new 12x optical zoom Canon HD Video Lens, and the DIGIC DV II processor. Since Canon manufactures all of these key components in-house, each is designed to integrate seamlessly with the other – providing the best possible performance and image quality. The 12x optical zoom lens incorporates Canon’s Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), an advanced system that combines two methods of shake detection to better eliminate vibrations caused by a variety of factors - from slow breathing patterns to the rapid vibrations of a car journey.
Canon HF10 - Auto focus and Expandability
Instant AF is an extremely fast, highly accurate auto focus system that has been specially designed to meet the requirements of HD resolution imaging. Inherited from Canon’s professional XH series HD camcorders, Instant AF makes it easy to achieve absolute HD clarity. Enabling full shooting freedom, the HF10 offers a number of advanced features for ambitious moviemakers. A dedicated microphone input connection allows an external microphone to be attached: allowing filmmakers to capture sound more accurately, distracting background noise is reduced. Optional peripherals can be attached to the camcorder via a mini Advanced Accessory Shoe. For playback, HDMI and component output ports allow the camcorder to be connected directly to an HD TV. A USB connection enables easy transfer of footage to a computer. Data transfer and live capture via HDMÍ is also possible with compatible computers. Both camcorders come supplied with software for management of video and stills.
Canon High Definition camcorder - Share and Archive
To make sharing footage with friends and family even easier, The Canon HF10 is compatible with Canon’s new standalone Canon DVD Burner DW-100. The burner connects directly to the camcorder, allowing videos to be copied to a standard DVD without the need for a computer. The DW-100 can be used to burn discs in either AVCHD format, for HD footage, or standard DVD-R format when used with a Standard Definition camcorder. The DVD burner can also be used to play back AVCHD DVD’s when connected to a TV via a compatible camcorder.
Canon HF10 High Def camcorder - Intelligent battery
A new Intelligent lithium-ion battery provides a clear indication of power levels during shooting. Accurate to the minute, the system makes it easier to avoid those awkward moments when power unexpectedly runs out. Offering extended battery life as standard, the HF10 is also compatible with Canon’s high capacity battery pack (BP-819) - the perfect accessory for extended shooting days.
Canon DIGIC DV II and advanced digital photography
Canon’s unique DIGIC DV II processor is designed to handle the increased data rate of HD images. It employs advanced noise reduction technology to deliver sharp, crisp HD video. DIGIC DV II optimizes recorded colours, ensuring that they appear as vibrant and bright as they do in real life. DIGIC DV II is also the driving force behind both camcorders’ advanced still photography features. Alongside a built-in flash, PictBridge connection and histogram display for monitoring brightness levels, it allows users to capture still photographs while shooting video: since digital photos have unique colour requirements, DIGIC DV II provides separate processing paths for video and stills - optimizing colours for each.
Canon HF10 digital HD camcorder - Multi-angle Vivid LCD screen
The new Canon HF10 both features Canon’s 2.7" Multiangle Vivid LCD. With the broadest colour gamut of any Canon camcorder LCD, the screen has HCAR surface treatment to minimize glare. Its exceptionally wide 135-degree viewing angle makes it easier for friends to gather around the screen and review footage.