Canon Singapore introduced the latest in their camcorder line-up yesterday with the unveiling of the new LEGRIA line. All seven camcorders, the LEGRIA HF S10, HF S100, HF20, HF200, FS22, FS21 & FS200 are a mix of standard and high definition camcorders and all record to flash memory.
Flash memory has been gaining bigger and wider support with camcorder manufacturers, with Panasonic even using SD cards exclusively for their professional Panasonic AG-HMC152EN camcorder. There are many benefits to using flash memory over MiniDV, DVD or HDD recording, including fast digital file transfer from camcorder to computer, resiliency due to its lack of moving parts and smaller camcorder bodies due to its small size.
The past Canon flagship camcorders we've reviewed have produced high quality results, but this is the first time that they're using flash memory so intensively on their HD range, with two out of the four new HD camcorders recording only to flash memory. With the new LEGRIA range, it looks like Canon's cementing their support for both flash memory and the AVCHD codec.
What does LEGRIA mean? According to Canon, the name's inspired by the Spanish word allegria, which means 'joy' in English. The seven camcorders are divided into three categories; the HF high definition series, the FS standard definition series and the flagship HF-S high definition series.
The two new HD flagships are nearly identical, the key difference is that the HF S10 has built-in 32GB memory while the HF S100 records to removable memory only.