Canon VIXIA VIXIA HF100 Digital Camcorder - 2.7" LCD - CMOS - 2708B001

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by on 9/5/2008

Canon VIXIA HF100. Let's start with value - this camcorder seems extremely reasonable for providing current SDHC technology into the palm of your hand (literally). . Performance - I'm still a little concerned about use inside, or in low light situations - The color seems a little lacking. Other than that, outside sunny days - Outstanding! Battery life is a little week (a little less than an hour) on the highest quality setting - there is a larger battery, but I haven't justified to spring for it yet. The software it comes with downloads video int a .m2ts format - which is the newest format. This is great - however, there is very little software that reads it - or able to convert it without losing much quality. Let me rephrase that, there is good software out there, but I don't want to spend half the cost of the camera to buy it (Vegas Pro 8.0). I did try a sofware called iSkysoft video converter - this worked okay, but crashed numerous times on my computer so, I'm still looking for better options. Ease of use - if you are handy with any electronics item, this seems to be the easiest I've used in a long time. I wish there were shortcut buttons you could set for those things you'd like to change regularly like video quality - but there aren't. Overall, this camera seems like a good purchase (with a new baby on the way). There are plenty of good accessories available and quality seems to be there.

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Product Overview

From Canon's long history of optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance and technological innovation in photographic and broadcast television cameras comes the latest in high definition camcorders.

Now, with the light, compact Canon VIXIA HF100, you can have stunning AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format recording with the ease and numerous benefits of Flash Memory. It's used in some of the world's most innovative electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones.

Add to that the VIXIA HF100's Canon Exclusive features such as our own 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS sensor and advanced DIGIC DV II Image Processor, SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Instant Auto Focus, our 2.7" Widescreen Multi-Angle Vivid LCD and the Genuine Canon 12x HD video zoom lens and you have a Flash Memory camcorder that's hard to beat and unmistakably Canon.

What's in the Box:
  • VIXIA HF100 Camcorder
  • BP-809 Battery Pack (with Terminal Cover)
  • CA-570 Compact Power Adapter
  • STV-250 N Stereo Video Cable
  • WL-D88 Wireless Controller
  • IFC-400PCU USB Cable
  • CTC-100/S Component Cable
  • Digital Video Solution Disc for Windows and Macintosh
  • Pixela ImageMixer™ 3SE Disc
  • Specifications

    Manufacturer Canon
    Mfg Part# 2708B001
    SKU 206808431
    UPC 013803092004
    UPC 14 00013803092004
    AVCHD Flash Memory in a Compact Size
    Canon Exclusive: 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Sensor
    Full HD Lens-to Screen (1920 x 1080 Capture and Recording)
    Genuine Canon 12x HD Video Zoom Lens
    Canon Exclusive: DIGIC DV II Image Processor
    Canon Exclusive: SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
    Canon Exclusive: Instant AF (Auto Focus)
    Canon Exclusive: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD
    Superb Shooting Control
    24p Cinema Mode
    30p Progressive Mode
    Stunning Digital Photography
    Mini HDMI Terminal and Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
    Share Your Photos
    Bundled Pixela ImageMixer Software
    Tech Specs
    Power Consumption: 4.0 w (SP mode)
    Image Sensor: 1/3.2" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
    Total Pixels: Approx. 3.3 Megapixels
    Effective Pixels: Movies: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920x1080), Still image: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920x1440)
    Maximum recording time: 8 GB SDHC CardLP (5 Mbps) 3 hours, SP (7 Mbps) 2 hours 20 min, XP+ (12 Mbps) 1 hour 25 min, FXP (17 Mbps) 1 hour -Allows 1920x1080 Full HD Recording. Greater recording time is possible with a higher capacity SDHC memory card.
    Zoom Ratio: 12x Optical/200x Digital
    Focal Length: f=4.8-57mm
    Zoom Speed: Variable/3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    Max. F/Stop: f/1.8-3.0mm
    Filter Size: 37mm
    Focusing System: Instant AF, Through the Lens/Manual Focusing Possible
    Manual Exposure: Yes
    Programmed AE: Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINEMA, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
    Max Shutter Speed: 1/2000, 1/500 (card)
    Auto Date/Time: Yes
    Record Search/Review: Yes
    Minimum Focusing Distance: 10 mm (wide)/1m (tele)
    White Balance: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Auto, Manual
    Image Stabilization: SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
    LCD Screen: 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD (Approx. 211,000 pixels)
    Recording Media: SD/SDHC Memory Card (not supplied)
    Audio: Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2 ch)
    HDMI Terminal: Type C 480i/480p/1080I Format Supported
    Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm Stereo Mini-jack
    AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole Mini-jack
    Dimensions: (WxHxD) 2.9 x 2.5 x 5.1 in (73x64x129mm)
    Weight (not including lens and battery pack): 13.4 oz (380g)
    All the SDHC and SD cards which has more than 128M are compatible with Canon's flash camcorders and only when you need to record the highest quality (FXP) mode of VIXIA HF10/HF100 the class4 or higher speed SDHC cards are required. Speed Class 6 SDHC cards are not necessary for our camcorders.
    Product Attributes
    Image Stabilization Type Optical
    Optical Zoom (x) 12
    Optical Zoom Range (x) 11.0 - 14.9
    Product Line VIXIA
    Resolution 1920 x 1440
    Sensor Type CMOS
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