It also minimizes the chance of data loss due to damage to your recording media or the moving parts found in other camcorders. For other recording formats, a Class 2 or higher card is recommended. Also, movie recording requires cards with MB of memory or more. Cards made by Toshiba, SanDisk or Matsushita are recommended. No particular restrictions apply for still images.
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Now, however, the competition is getting much more fierce. New models are due from all the major competitors, and Panasonic has already laid down the gauntlet with the HDC-HS So Canon had to respond with something a little more than the mild update of the HF And it has.
This week, we take a look at the flagship of the range, the Legria HF S But the big news is the sensor. Performance was excellent, better than anything else released in Canon uses 6. With only 2. This means you can shoot nearly three hours even at the best quality option using just the internal storage. In fact, it would appear that Canon has thrown pretty much every possible function it could imagine into the Legria HF S These are accessed via the joystick on the edge of the LCD, along with the Function button beneath.
On its own, the joystick calls up a long list of options, including frequently used settings such as backlight compensation and the basic exposure control. So when you hit record this is tacked on the front, in case your reactions were too slow. Another neat feature is the 1.
You can also use this menu to access the built-in video light, which pops up on top of the lens in the same housing as the pop-up flash. Naturally, Canon offers its usual suite of manual control modes via the Function button. The shutter and aperture priority options are there. Alongside the Exposure setting, these provide quasi-independent control of both parameters.
Alternatively, you can use Cine Mode or one of the eight Scene presets. The Image Effects give you a wealth of control over how your video is recorded, offering Vivid and Neutral colour, plus Low Sharpening, Soft Skin, or fully customisable options.
However, one area where Canon remains resolute is in its non-inclusion of a lens ring. Now Canon goes halfway with a little wheel beside the lens. By default, this operates the manual focus. But it can also be configured to control exposure, assist functions, mic level, and AGC limit. This puts coloured fringes around objects which are in focus, and you can also switch the LCD to monochromatic to make this even more obvious. Our other bone of contention with recent Canons was the lack of a standard accessory shoe.
But the AV mini-jack also doubles as a headphone connector, with its function switchable in the menu. So in terms of features the Legria HF S10 ticks even more boxes than its predecessors, albeit with some of the same foibles.
In good lighting, you would have difficulty saying which of the two is better, coming down primarily to personal preference. The Canon produces a more saturated image by default, where the HS is more naturalistic.
However, the S10 pulls marginally ahead in lower light. The S10 maintains a brighter image than the HS as illumination drops, and here its greater saturation pays off as more colour also remains. Overall, it looks like a single large CMOS has bettered three slightly smaller ones yet again.
But in other respects the Legria HF S10 provides an even more mature set of controls. Our only concern, yet again, is the price. Camcorder costs have increased by around 20 per cent due to the weakness of the pound. But even taking that into consideration, the S10 is hugely expensive. Trusted Score.
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