Canon has expanded its high definition camcorder range with the announcement of two flash memory-based models. The HF10 features a new Dual Flash Memory system, whilst the HF100 offers the convenience of shooting straight to memory card.
Canon says that the HF models offer a range of benefits compared to camcorders based on other media: like Hard Disk Drives (HDD), they provide extended recording times; but they are more compact than DVD camcorders; and they provide superb image quality, comparable with the standard set by HDV. The HF10 and HF100 models are also the first HD camcorders from Canon to record at 1920x1080 Full HD video resolution.
More power-efficient and robust than other recording media, flash memory also results in significantly smaller, lighter HD camcorder designs – the HF10 and HF100 weigh in at approximately 380g.
Both camcorders record directly to standard SD or SDHC memory cards, but thanks to the Dual Flash Memory system, the HF10 also offers an additional 16GB of internal memory as standard. Using the internal flash memory and an optional 16GB SDHC card, for example, provides enough capacity to store over 12 hours of HD footage in a camcorder that is small enough to slip in a pocket.
The models feature a 12x optical zoom Canon HD Video Lens with Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS), and a 3.3-megapixel Full HD CMOS sensor with a DIGIC DV II image processor.