Back in May, Canon announced its first AVCHD camcorder, the HR10. At the time, I expressed my disappointment that it was a DVD-based model. But today Canon finally followed up with the announcement I was waiting for: its HG10 records
1,9201,440x1,080 HD video to a 40GB hard disk.
According to Canon, it has the same lens and sensor as the
The HG10 also adopts some control conventions from competitors, such as the combination joystick/scroll wheel on the LCD bezel. Canon will bundle Corel video software, as well.
- 3-megapixel 1/2.7-inch CMOS sensor
- 1,920x1,080 video capture, 3-megapixel 4:3 photo capture
- f/1.8-3.0 10x zoom lens
- 40GB hard drive; stores between 5 hours of video at 15Mbps or 15 hours at 5Mbps
- MiniSD media for photo capture
- 2.7-inch 211,000-pixel LCD
- microphone input
- Super Range optical image stabilizer with Instant AF
- Digic DV II processor
Canon plans to ship the HG10 in October for $1,299. We're expecting our evaluation unit to arrive within the next few days, so check back for my review.