New Canon Camcorder Range and the LEGRIA HF S10 & HF S100
The Latest in Flash Memory Camcorders
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.
The New LEGRIA Range
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 Flagship LEGRIA HF S10 & HF S100
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.
Features at a Glance
- 1/2.6" (8.59M) CMOS sensor
- 1920 x 1080 resolution recording up to 24Mbps
- New large-diameter HD Video Lens
- 10x zoom with optical image stabilizer
- New DIGIC DV III Image Processor with Face Detection technology
- 8MP Stills
- Dual flash memory with built-in 32GB and SD/SDHC memory card slot for LEGRIA HF S10 (removable memory only for LEGRIA HF S100)
- New Video Snapshot allows 4-second clips to be combined into a video montage or music video (10 background music choices included)
- New Pre-Record function captures three seconds of footage before the REC button is pressed
- XV color support
- Custom Key and dial register shortcuts for frequently used manual functions
- Pop-up mini video light and flashlight