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Canon HG10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 638 reviews of Canon HG10. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the memory, while comments are divided on the reliability.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HG10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 39 user reviews of Canon HG10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers really like the price and durability. The size and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but comments are divided on the portability.

usability, image quality, size, durability, price

87% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HG10 Ultra-Compact High Definition HDD Camcorder (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD)Canon HG10 Ultra-Compact High Definition HDD Camcorder (10x Optical Zoom, 2.7" widescreen Multiangle Vivid LCD)


Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HG10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 390 user reviews of Canon HG10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Reviewers are impressed by the size and price. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. The memory and reliability get critical views.

usability, portability, image quality, price, size

reliability, memory

90% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Canon HG10 AVCHD High Definition Camcorder with Optical Image StabilizerCanon HG10 AVCHD High Definition Camcorder with Optical Image Stabilizer


Expert review by : Gagan Gupta (

Canon HG10 - Tech2


Canon's first foray into HD camcorders is a feature-rich device that embodies true HD - but at a price.


Expert review by : Gagan Gupta (

Canon HG10


There are high definition camcorders and there are HIGH DEFINITION camcorders. The difference? The former thinks it's done its bit simply by shooting at HD resolution, without giving the sharpness level and the overall picture quality that should come...

The overall audio clarity was very clear. Even the sound from behind the camera was well recorded. But as always, the camera mics are placed a little too close together to get any real channel separation.


Expert review by : Hitesh Raj Bhagat (

Canon HG 10


Canon's HG10 is amongst the world's smallest hard disk-based, HD camcorders available today with enough storage for 15 hours of footage

Intuitive operation ; Immediate access to stored video

Expensive ; Plain looks


Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


A great all-round camera, the HG10 is streamlined towards delivering high quality video in ideal conditions. The lack of manual controls may frustrate advanced users, however most will find it to be an excellent camcorder.

Great image quality, easy to use, customisable recording qualities

Lack of manual controls, slightly lowered performance in low light settings



Expert review by : James Morris (

Canon HG10 HDD Camcorder


Canon's first camcorder with a hard disk drive makes its debut. Is James Morris impressed?

Although the HG10 doesn't bowl us over quite as much as the HV20, it's still an impressive piece of kit. Sony's lower end HDR-SR5E undercuts it on price considerably, but misses out key features such as a standard-sized accessory shoe. The more fully...


Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Canon HG10 review: Canon HG10


The HG10 is significantly smaller than the HV20, though at 1 pound, 4 ounces, it's not a whole lot lighter. And though it weighs a tad less than its main competitor, the Sony Handycam HDR-SR7 , it's also a bit taller; the silver-and-dark gray body...

The Canon HG10 camcorder has excellent image stabilization and generally great video quality.

Poor audio control; smallish EVF; some annoying ergonomics; no manual focus dial.

A solid hard-drive based HD camcorder, the Canon HG10 nevertheless has its share of annoying quirks.


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Canon HG10 review


The HG10 is the world's smallest AVCHD camcorder with a built-in hard drive. Time to see what this 40GB beauty can do

An all-round performer that shoots great footage, but is beaten by Sony's SR7E for style and Canon's own HV20 for features


Expert review by : TechRadar (

Canon HG10 review


“Control, control, you must have control!” So says Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back.We agree, but is this the cam to give you that all-important control?

Good range of features ; Excellent usability ; Impressive image quality ; Great microphone

Uses awkward mini HDMI

A well-specified performer with an innovative approach to navigation and manual operation that is capable of impressive pictures and sound.



Expert review by : PC Advisor staff (

Canon HG10 review


Canon's robust HG10 camcorder offers support for microSD and includes a 40GB hard drive that allows for up to 15 hours of full HD 1,080i video.

Despite minor gripes, the HG10 offers solid performance at a reasonable price. And that's enough for us to recommend the Canon HG10.


Expert review by : David Kender (

Canon HG10 Camcorder Review - Canon HDD Camcorders


The Canon HR10 is a looker, both in person and by the specs sheet. Despite the first class pedigree of the imaging system (identical to the HV20), we were still skeptical of the AVCHD codec, which has given other manufacturers problems with motion....


Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing:N / No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery life (max):4 / 5
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-2L13

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080p
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


3D: No
3D compatibility: No
Camcorder type:Handheld camcorder
GPS (satellite): No
Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:0.2
Photo effects:Sepia, Art, Fader, Black&White
Self-timer:10 / 2+10
Self-timer delay:10 / 2+10

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction:Built-in
Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Black, Silver / Silver

Digital Storage Media

Type:Hard disc drive

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.858 / 6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:211000
Display resolution (numeric):211000
Touch screen: No
Touchscreen: No

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in Flash:Y / Yes
Built-in light: Yes
Shoe mounting point: Yes


Closest focusing distance:0.010
Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (image):2.76
Effective megapixels (movie):2.07
Optical sensor size:1/0.106 / 25.4 / 2.7 / 25.400 / 2.700
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.96

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:4.3 / 4.300 / 43
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61 / 6.100 - 61
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Image stabilizer type:Optical
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Maximum aperture number:3
Maximum focal length (35mm film equiv):6.100
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Minimum aperture number:1.8
Minimum focal length (35mm film equiv):1 / 6.100
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens
Wide angle lens system: Yes

Light exposure

Scene modes:Sunset, Portrait, Beach, Night, Fireworks, Snow, Sports, Spotlight

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical (SuperRange)

Other features

Art:Y / Yes
Audio output:1
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Focus:Instant AF
I/O ports:USB
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Power consumption (typical):3.6
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Corel / Corel Application
Quick start guide: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1
Composite Video Out:1
DV port: No
HDMI:Y / Yes
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:Y / Yes
PictBridge:Y / Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.002 / 1/2 - 1/2000 / 1/2000 / 1/2000th

Still image

Continuous shooting mode: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Maximum image resolution:2048 x 1536
Still image resolution(s):2048 x 1536, 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, 848 x 480, 640 x 480 / 640 x 480, 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder media type:HDD / HDD, Memory card
Camcorder tape type: No
Compatible memory cards:miniSD
Disc types supported: No
Internal storage capacity:40

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Technical Details

Date imprinting: Yes


Capture modes:LP, SP, XP
Full HD: Yes
HD type:Full HD
Maximum frame rate:24
Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Art fader / Black & white fader / Wipe fader
Media Type:Hard disc drive
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Cinema / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Skin Detail / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27 / 6.86
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor
Viewfinder Type:Electronic / Unspecified

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.7 / 7.5 / 7.500 / 75
Height :12.9 / 12.900 / 129 / 7.6
Weight:500 / 505
Width:8.1 / 8.100 / 81

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Daylight, Tungsten