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Image samples: Canon HG10
Samples photos and video extracts shot with the Canon HG10
CNET Reviews staff
The HG10 produces sharp videos with vibrant colors. Like all 1080i AVCHD models, the video is interlaced (see inset), which is especially frustrating, given that the HG10 uses a full 1,920x1,080 sensor--that means it has to degrade the video to comply with the AVCHD format. (Frame grab from video.)
The HG10 produces good photos, suitable for relatively large prints. I do wish the choice between Canon's AiAF, which I find never finds the right subjects--here, it focused on the leaves rather than the flowers--and center focus wasn't buried in the menu system. Manual focus, which is far easier to get to, takes too long and requires the relatively unstable open-LCD stance instead of eye-level viewfinder body tuck.
The photos aren't quite as sharp as I'd like, but they're not too bad for a camcorder. As you can tell, the flash is also prone to producing red-eye, and even the red-eye reduction mode didn't help--at least for Hellspawn Squirrel.