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The Canon VIXIA HFS100 is an HD, flash memory camcorder offered by Canon as a part of there Vixia line of camcorders.

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auto-open and close lens cover works well, automatically protects the lens without your having to think about it

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menus are intuitive and easy to work with

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still picture quality is very good, images look like they were shot on an SLR

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accepts standard SDHC cards, and can work with higher capacities without a problem

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gathers enough light to work well in low light conditions, makes the picture very sharp

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camera lens gathers a very sharp image, looks great in HD playback

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doesn't come with a battery charger, need to charge the batteries inside the camera

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doesn't take a normal HDMI cable, but doesn't include the special one it requires

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included battery doesn't even last an hour

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The Canon VIXIA HFS100 is an HD, flash memory camcorder offered by Canon as a part of there Vixia line of camcorders. It delivers brilliant videos and photos thanks to a Canon exclusive 8.59 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and the latest version of Canon's advanced image processor, DIGIC DV III. It is compact and lightweight in design and uses Flash Memory capable of recording up to 6 hours of high definition video to a removable SDHC card. It has a 10x optical/200x digital zoom and features SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization for a steady picture even when zoomed in. It can record 1920x1080 resolution with a 24 Mbps bit rate giving an incredible quality video, and the built in 8 megapixel digital camera gives great quality photos, and with Simultaneous Photo Shooting you can capture video and 6 megapixel photos at the same time.  Other notable features include a hi-speed USB port, HDMI and component outputs, a 2.7" Multi-Angle Vivid Widescreen LCD screen, microphone terminal, built in lens cover, wireless remote control, built in flash and an array of optional accessories.

  • Standard Definition or High Definition: High Definition
  • Television System: NTSC
  • Video Recording system: MPEG4-AVC / H.264
  • Image Sensor: 1/2.6-inch CMOS, RGB Prmary Color Filter
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 8.59 Megapixels
  • Effective Pixels:
    • Video: Approx. 6.01 Megapixels
    • (3264 x 1840) / Still Image: 16:9: Approx. 6.01 Megapixels
    • (3264 x 1840), 4:3 Approx. 8.02 Megapixels (3264 x 2456)
  • Maximum recording time:
    • 32GB SDHC Memory Card (not supplied)
    • LP (5 Mbps) 12 hours 15 minutes
    • SP (7 Mbps) 9 hours 35 minutes
    • XP+ (12 Mbps) 5 hours 45 minutes
    • FXP (17 Mbps) 4 hours 10 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
    • MXP (24 Mbps) 2 hours 55 minutes - Allows 1920 x 1080 Full HD Recording
  • Lens:
    • Zoom Ratio 10x Optical / 200x Digital
    • Focal Length f=6.4- 64mm (35mm equivalent: 43.5 - 435mm)
    • Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
    • Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0
    • Focusing System: Instant AF, Face Priority AF, TTL (through the lens)
  • Manual Exposure
  • Programmed AE: AUTO, P, Av, Tv, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach,Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
  • Max Shutter Speed: Movie: 1/2000, Still image: 1/500
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
  • White Balance: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Manual
  • Frame Rate: 60i, 24p Progressive (records at 60i), 30p Progressive (records at 60i)
  • Minimum Illumination: 0.3 lx (Night mode)
  • Image Stabilization: SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Viewfinder: None
  • LCD Screen: 2.7-inch Multi-Angle Vivid widescreen color LCD (Approx. 211,000 dots)
  • Flash: Built-in
  • Recording Media: SDHC Memory Card
  • USB Terminal: USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Video Terminal: component (output), composite (output)
  • Audio: Dolby Digital 2 channels (AC-3 2 ch)
  • Accessory Shoe: mini Advanced
  • Supplied Video Editing Software: Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
  • HDMI Terminal: HDMI Mini Connector (output), CEC and x.v. Color
  • Microphone Terminal: 3.5 mm stereo mini-jack
  • AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal: 3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack (video/audio output only)
  • Dimensions: (W X H X D) 2.8 x 2.7 x 5.4in. (70 x 69 x 136mm)
  • Weight (not including lens and battery pack): 15.9 oz. (450g)
  • Weight (fully loaded): 1.1 lb. (500g)
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