Canon Legria HF G10 review: Canon Legria HF G10

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Typical Price: $1,799.00
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4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent touchscreen. Excellent low-light performance. Well-built, very sturdy. HDMI cable provided in the box.

The Bad Confusing in-camera editing options. Rather expensive. Battery drains a little too quickly.

The Bottom Line Provided you've got a wallet padded enough to take the blow, the Canon Legria HF G10 is an excellent high-end camcorder with a wealth of features.

8.2 Overall

Canon charges a lot for its high-end Legria camcorder, and we can see why. This is not the camera for those who just want to capture happy snaps. There are enough bells and whistles here to cater for the most ardent hobbyist videographer. Central to the G10's appeal is its HD CMOS Pro sensor, also used in the high-end professional XA10 camera and the cheaper HF M40 , which affords the G10 some rather excellent low-light performance.

Design and features

As for the external design, the G10 sits very comfortably in the hand with a good and even weight distribution. It also feels incredibly well made, with a satisfying response from all buttons and dials. The G10 comes equipped with 32GB of internal memory and two SDXC card slots. The crowning glory is its 3.5-inch touchscreen, which boasts its high-resolution cred (920,000-dot) from the treetops. It's incredibly easy to see in sunlight and low-light, and is very precise to use.

Full automatic, manual and cinema modes are provided, as well as a 3.5-inch microphone input, component and AV out. Cinema mode provides a range of filters from dramatic black-and-white to dream, cool and sepia.

A remote port, mini-HDMI and USB out are located just under the hand grip. The 10x optical zoom at 30.4mm wide-angle and f/1.8 is stabilised optically, with a manual focus ring at the front. The stereo microphones are separated nicely at the top of the lens, which does make a noticeable difference to sound quality.

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