The HG10's direct-operation Navigation Control Dial makes it easy and convenient to operate. Located on the LCD control panel, it allows you to select the navigation buttons you want with a turn of the dial. Simply press the "Set" button on the LCD monitor and your choice is confirmed. You can also select footage for playback by using this button.
Variable Zoom Speed Control
Another sure sign of amateur video is the unsteady zoom shot. But with the HG10's zoom control, you simply select one of three pre-set zoom speeds for smooth, steady, professional looking zooms.
Focus Assist Function
The image quality of High Definition demands a properly focused subject. The Focus Assist feature on the HG10 gives you sharp focus by zooming into your image to let you focus on a close up of your subject. It's the way professional videographers and photographers work manually. A Peaking function also helps, by emphasizing image contours.
Level and Grid Markers
With the Level Marker feature, it's easy to keep your camera level for more professional looking video. 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 HG10's Grid Marker feature lets you compose your shot accurately, according to the grid in your viewfinder. You can even choose from two different colors for the grid. This ensures that you see the grid, no matter what the background color of your shot is.
Program AE Mode
For the best exposure for various situations, the HG10's Program AE mode will automatically adjust the settings to compensate for the conditions and subject. Choose from Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight and Fireworks. You won't have to guess if you're capturing all the action just the way you want it because the HG10 will do it for you.
Never miss a quickly unfolding shot again. Push the Quick Start button between shots -it places the HG10 in standby mode. When the action starts, push the Quick Start button again to begin recording in less than one second. You'll also help extend your battery life compared with leaving the camcorder in regular recording mode.
Low Light Performance
By increasing the sensitivity of the HG10s HD CMOS sensor and using improved fixed-pattern "noise" reduction technology, you can now shoot clearer, sharper video at very low light levels. When taken with a 1/30 sec. slow shutter, subjects can be shot at light levels as low as just 3 lux. You won't be afraid to shoot indoors or in poorly lit outdoor locations again.
Built-in Electronic Lens Cover
Never worry about a lost lens cover or one that gets in your way when shooting. The built-in electronic lens cover on the HG10 automatically opens when you turn the camcorder on and closes when you turn it off.
Advanced Accessory Shoe Terminal
Shoot video like the professionals do, with the accessories that give you the best in audio and lighting. The HG10's advanced accessory shoe provides the power for an accessory video light, video flash or directional stereo microphone- the things you need to bring your video to the next level.
Microphone / Headphone Terminal
Enhance the quality of your audio by using an accessory microphone to capture better sound and headphones to monitor the audio as you hear it. Your videos will sound as good as they look.
Built-in Ultra Video Light
Some of the most magical shots are taken at the end of the day or long after the sun has set. You won't miss any of them, thanks to the HG10's bright built-in Ultra Video Light. The light lets you shoot subjects in color in low light up to 4.9 feet away. So, whether it's a shot of a sleeping baby or a dramatic skyline at night, the HG10 captures all the moments you want to record.
Long Recording Time
You can truly take advantage of the long recording times offered by HDD video thanks to the performance of the HG10. It allows you to record up to 5 hours and 30 minutes of video in XP+ mode, 11 hours 30 minutes in SP mode or up to 15 hours in LP mode. All this without the worry of running out of recording media. Your Actual Recording Time (continuous on battery charge) can be up to 70 minutes with the LCD used in the Normal brightness mode. Getting the shots you want, when you want them, will be easier than ever.