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Sample images: Canon Vixia HF10

Commentary on photos and frame grabs taken from the Canon Vixia HF10 camcorder.

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Lori Grunin
I've been reviewing hardware and software, devising testing methodology and handed out buying advice for what seems like forever; I'm currently absorbed by computers and gaming hardware, but previously spent many years concentrating on cameras. I've also volunteered with a cat rescue for over 15 years doing adoptions, designing marketing materials, managing volunteers and, of course, photographing cats.
Lori Grunin
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The HF10's lens delivers extremely sharp video, and it focuses more quickly and holds a lock better than previous Canon models we've seen. (Crop from video grab with deinterlacing, shown at 100 percent.)
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Overall, the HF10 renders nicely saturated, pleasing colors. Like most consumer camcorders, the HF10's automatic white balance tends to be a little off: greenish in fluorescent light, pinkish under tungsten, and overly cool (bluish) outdoors. It falls within what we think is an acceptable range, however. (Crop from video grab with deinterlacing.)
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3 of 7 Lori Grunin
The HF10's still photos are passable; they're relatively low resolution, but deliver good color and tonal range. The white balance for stills also seems to be different than that for video. (Inset shown at 100 percent.)
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4 of 7 Lori Grunin
The HF10's lens is excellent overall, but it does exhibit a bit more fringing on occasion than we're used to seeing. (Frame grab with deinterlacing; inset at actual size.)
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5 of 7 Lori Grunin
For the most part, the HF10 does a good job preserving highlight and shadow detail. (Frame grab with deinterlacing, scaled to fit.)
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6 of 7 Lori Grunin
The HF10 has much better low-light focus capability than other Canons we've seen. Though a bit noisy, the video is still quite usable. (The inset is from a more zoomed-in portion of the video. Frame grab with deinterlacing.)
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In frame grabs of the noisier areas of the HF10's video you can see compression artifacts--the blocks of pixels. (Scaled-down frame grab with deinterlacing; inset shown at 100 percent.)

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