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Backpacker Magazine – January 2009

Canon Vixia HF10 Digital Video Camera

Small and compact, Canon's Vixia HF10 produces great HD-quality video and easy-to-use interfaces for any budding outdoors filmmaker.

by: Anthony Cerretani

Canon Vixia HF10
Canon Vixia HF10

With HD capabilities and dual hard drive/SD card flash memory, Canon's Vixia HF10 is a portable movie studio that's the size of a soda can. The HF10 gives you two hours of HD footage on the 16GB hard drive (or more than six hours on the lower-quality setting), which is more than enough for most day and weekend treks. The SD card port gives you even more storage space. It's quick and responsive–great for fleeing wildlife–and rugged and reliable: Our testers have consistently come home with great footage and sound, whether they were caught in drenching rainstorms or shooting next to loud, raging rivers. The HF10's joystick and easy-to-navigate interface (on a 2.7-inch LCD screen) make it easy to review footage in a cramped tent, and deleting scenes and creating playlists is easier than on many comparable models. And with attachable features like wide-angle and telephoto lenses and directional microphone, you'll be making your own adventure flick in no time. Bummer: The built-in 2.76-megapixel digicam beats a camera phone, but barely. $1,099; 15.1 oz.; canonusa.com. Reader service #115

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Dennis
Feb 21, 2010

I have a Sony dcr-pc5 that is starting to act up.
I've used it at 12000 feet. I'm looking for a small lightweigth replacement.

Dennis
Feb 21, 2010

I have a Sony dcr-pc5 that is starting to act up.
I've used it at 12000 feet. I'm looking for a small lightweigth replacement.

Brian
Dec 08, 2009

This camera does not have a hard drive it has a Flash Drive. Hard drives have moving parts! They can not be used over about 8000 feet in elevation.
So beware if you are looking at a video camera with a Hard Drive and not a Flash drive or memory cards. I like the memory cards as you can carry extra on long trips.

Conor
Apr 10, 2009

Dear backpacker magazine....please send me one of these cameras!

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