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Nathan F.

Nathan F.

Joined on 01/27/08

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Canon VIXIA HF100 2.7" LCD 12X Optical Zoom High Definition Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF100 2.7" LCD 12X Optical Zoom High Definition Camcorder

Pros: Video quality!! AVCHD is as good as DV in this camera at the 17MBPS setting. Records in true widescreen 1920X1080 but only at the highest video setting. Lower Settings record at 1440X1080 Good video in low light settings. Good image stabilization. By using a good elbow rest I can hold the camera and be at full zoom and record my son on stage and there is no vibration in the video. Ability to manually adjust settings Can cut and paste video files. No more having to wait for the tape to play back.

Cons: Battery life isn't real good. Lasts bout 45 minutes for me. Included software is pretty SAD. It gets the video files off your camera and lets you burn a DVD but that's about it. You certainly WILL NOT be editing your home videos with this program. But if you don't have an editing program that will handle AVCHD the inclided software will get your video on a DVD. On top of that the software is not designed very well!! The manual & camera menu system isn't always clear. These are not "CONS" but issues to consider before purchasing. If you buy a new editing program be sure it will edit AVCHD. Many of the lower end programs can not handle AVCHD yet. Don't get fooled by the program saying it handles "High Definition" video. BE sure AVCHD is listed! AVCHD will tax your computer. I have a dual core and 4GB of RAM so I do ok. If you have less than a dual core and 2GB of RAM plan on it taking much longer for your computer to encode your video when you make a DVD.

Overall Review: I was searching for a new camera since my old on broke. I decided I wanted an HD camera and did quite a bit of research between DV & AVCHD. I thought I would stick with the DV since many reports said AVCHD wasn't up to DV standards yet. That was until mid 2008. AVCHD can now go up to 17 MBPS, roughly equal to 24MBPS in the older DV format. So I chose to get the HF100 and spend $30 to get a 16GB memory card & I am very pleased with the results This camera produces great home videos. I wanted a camera that would give me good video inside my house without having to turn on all the lights & a camera that would be able to video my kids on stage from the audience. With the 24P and 30P modes I get just that. I can have one floor lamp on(200watts) in my living room(30X16) and video my kids or whatever I want. When I play it on my 57 inch HDTV it looks just the way my eyes remember it. I sat 20 rows back(in darkness) at my sons concert he's on stage under lights & the video turned out great!