This new camcorder from Canon brings touchscreen control to the fore
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Canon's 2009 range of HD and Flash-based camcorders come with a new brand name – LEGRIA. What it means or what it stands for is, for now, enigmatic but in the shape of the HF S10 it represents a high-def camcorder with imaging power that'll blow your socks off.
We preferred the picture quality from this HV30 (MiniDV tape) compared to the Sony HDR-S11 (hard drive) camcorder we reviewed last month. Both are similarly priced, and offer a similar range of features. Both can import footage straight into iMovie.
Canon has gone for the cheap and cheerful approach with its FS100, which is the only standard-deﬁnition camcorder in this round-up. It's also the cheapest in the range and lacks internal memory, forcing you to shoot straight to SD card. The look and feel is solid yet lightweight, although the silver paint looks poor.
In the frenzy to develop camcorders that are even smaller, more compact and cheaper than ever before, manufacturers sometimes lose sight of the kind of features that consumers love. Fortunately Canon is helping to redress the balance with the introduction of the MVX460 - a camcorder that succeeds with a selection of old-fashioned but essential functions.
This cam captures full HD footage to a 40GB hard drive and can store up to 5hr 30min of footage at maximum resolution. At £800, it's certainly more expensive, but then it offers so much more, as we'll find out...