The Canon LEGRIA HF G10 is a high-end full high definition (1080p) camcorder with 32GB of built-in flash memory, dual SDCX/SDHC/SD memory card slots. The camcorder has a 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD and a 30.4mm wide-angle lens. The Canon LEGRIA HF G10 also features a HDMI port, microphone port, mini USB and USB 2.0 ports and has a complement of scene modes.
The Canon LEGRIA HF G10’s build is made of tough plastic that is much stronger than that may sound. The LEGRIA HF G10 is a heavy duty camcorder that you can feel safe lugging around. The manual focus ring feels very professional and gives you the ultimate control over your shots while still being easy to use. For more serious filmmakers a handy microphone input helps to deliver impressive audio.
The Dynamic Optical Image Stablizer is superb. The LEGRIA HF G10 holds up well in the most adverse conditions, preventing pretty much all evidence of shake within reason. That makes the LEGRIA HF G10 the perfect camera to take out on the road, or for semi-professional use.
The footage itself is nothing short of stunning. Colours are vibrant with no juddering at all. In bright light or low light the LEGRIA HF G10 excels with images that are striking, bright and full of detail with no hint of grain. The 2-megapixel HD CMOS PRO sensor really shows its worth.
A price of around £1,200 might be a little steep, and compared the very best in class there are camcorders out there that offer slightly more detail for the price. And its 10x optical zoom is a tad too limiting to offer ultimate shooting flexibility, and unless you purchase an adapter, you won’t be able to add your own standard video light or camcorder as the accessory shoe is Canon’s S Mini Advanced shoe.
The touchscreen could be somewhat more sensitive: requiring harder presses of the screen to activate the options.
The bottom line
Despite its high price, the Canon LEGRIA HF G10 is a great camcorder for amateur movie makers and camcorder aficionados. Its performance is fantastic with little to no sign of grain or noise in bright and low light conditions. It is also easy to use.