To provide an exceptional level of control over the components of the video you shoot with the VIXIA HF G10, you will find a range of shooting assist functions normally only available to professional videographers.
Custom Key and Dial
A Custom Key and Dial feature allows you to assign functions to an easily accessible key and adjust the settings with a control dial. They include:
Tv/Av: Use the dial to adjust shutter speed (Tv mode) or aperture (Av mode), as needed. In this mode the key has no effect.
Manual exposure: When manual control is selected, the dial can adjust aperture, shutter speed, or gain. Select items to adjust, such as aperture or other settings, with the key.
Exposure Lock can be set on or off as can the AGC Limit.
Focus and Exposure Aids
To further enhance focusing capability the VIXIA HF G10 also features Focus Assist. It includes enlargement, which helps in capturing your subject in razor-sharp focus. It works by providing a 2x magnification of your subject, which is automatically cancelled when you start recording. This is a feature normally found in professional broadcast-quality cameras. Also included is color peaking, which shows the shooting object’s focused areas in actual colors. With Canon's Edge Monitor Focus Assist system, a green monitor is shown at the bottom of the LCD Display. The green waveform shows overall focus of the image, and the height raises to indicate the area in focus. Through this dynamic focus feedback, you can intuitively tune focus in a scene and quickly change the zone of focus.
Typically only found on expensive external units, the VIXIA HF G10 has a waveform monitor built right into the camera. The waveform monitor shows a detailed view of overall image brightness.
Enhanced zebra pattern (70% or 100%) indicates ‘blown out’ or high brightness areas to help you set the proper exposure.
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camcorder level for more professional looking shooting. Line up any horizontal lines in your shot - such as the horizon - to the marker and you can be sure your camcorder is level.
The Grid Marker helps you compose your shot accurately, by referencing a grid in your viewfinder. Depending on the background color of your shot, you can choose between two different colors for better viewing contrast.
The VIXIA HF G10 features full manual exposure, as well as aperture priority (Av), and shutter priority (Tv) modes.
Either color bars or color bars and test tone can be selected and recorded using a menu. The color bars comply with the SMPTE standard. -12 dB, -18 dB or -20 dB can be selected as the test tone.
The white balance control has 6 available presets settable through a variety of day and artificial light conditions (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent H, Fluorescent), as well as two manual white balance settings. Color temperature may also be manually set from 2,000K to 15,000K in 100K increments for more precise adjustment.
Gain may be manually set from 0 dB to 24 dB in 1 dB increments. Additionally, Auto Gain Control Limit allows you to set the maximum gain limit for the image sensor's sensitivity. With this function, brightness and noise can be balanced as required, and image quality can be maximized in low light situations.
The zoom speed as controlled by the rocker and handle controls is selectable, with a choice of variable or 16 fixed speeds, with fast/normal/slow settings for greater control while zooming in various situations.
Great performer for event video
Purchased to record Sunday services and Wednesday evening teaching in a large sanctuary (seats 800). We shoot from a balcony in the back where all the tech gear is located, probably 120 feet from the subject. Features allow us to set exposure and focus in a way that works great.
The camera has performed flawlessly. I'm mildly annoyed with Adobe for how they now handle loading AVCHD footage into the CC suite, but it's just one added step and not complicated.
Not a great choice as a second camera when shooting with Canon DSLRs (60D, 5Diii) because the look and color rendering is just too different, but that's not why we purchased it...
January 22, 2014
Great video camera
A great camera for semi-pro, pro (non-broadcast) use. Works well in low light. Image stabilization works very well. Handles easy. Great storage capabilities with hard drive/SD cards.
Getthe optional high-powered battery for much better battery life
April 16, 2013
JUST BOUGHT IT - Learning to use it
I just aquired this camcorder in prep for Alaska tour this summer. I have been reading(?) the manual that came with this camera. LOTS of info. I am not a video pro but hope to take some great vids of Alaska. It looks easy to run and just playing around, found that the batery that comes with the camera is a little weak. Ran down to 75% after 10 minutes of use (vid and pictures). I am ordering two extra large cap bateries (BP818 I think) plus a separate charging station. I have also ordered the two SD 32gb extreme pro cards to suppliment the onboard memory. I may use the camcorder to record concert that I record for audio. The camera seems to be a great fit for what I want to do and should do well in all of the coming video situations. I will file another review when I get back from Alaska this summer. My fingers are crossed. Canon products have never let me down yet!
January 30, 2013
I switched to the HFG10 and loaded it up with 2 more 32 GB SD cards and the largest original manufacturer battery available for continuous recording. Power consumption is very low and 96 GB continuous is perfect The low light capabilities are outstanding. In a room with a 32 watt energy saving bulb the colors and contrast from shadow to lit areas is very smooth and the image is sharp The auto-focus is best when set at a slightly lower speed than normal because it gives your eyes a chance to take in the detail and the power of the AF. The LCD monitor has given me a a direct understanding of the differences between having more mega-pixel vs larger size of pixel. I found the touch screen response was good after getting used to the pressure required. My only 2 complaints are the lens cap needs a string and choices for the custom buttons are limited but at least the HFG10 has the option to customize.
December 15, 2012