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Monday 30 April 2012


Rating of 4

The basics

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 good

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.

The bad

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.
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This is my first digital camcorder, and it does a great job of producing top quality video. I'm no expert, just someone that likes making videos. I filmed two shows put on for my project, the first one, I spent a lot of time reading the manual and trying different settings beforehand, I was very impressed with the results, the second show I left everything on auto and that came out the same quality as the first. Working in very low light with the only light coming from the stage lighting to work by and some 30 feet from the stage, this camera handled it very well indeed. The touch screen does need a firm touch to change any settings, so I set everything up before shooting, because you will need a very firm tripod to work from if you don't want any jerky movements to come out on the video, I found the custom button and the wheel to be very useful. Overall it is a great camcorder, for me it's the right size and weight with plenty of settings to play with. Btw, I buy it from Amazon.

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