A buddy of mine was asking for advice about flash-memory HD camcorders, and I recommended the Canon VIXIA HF100 to him, because it’s the upgrade to a model another friend of mine has, and these things take awesome video.
With features like a 3.3 Megapixel Full HD CMOS, Canon’s Digic image processing, image stabilization, 12x optical zoom, and a huge 2.7-inch widescreen lcd screen, it’s hard to find a more capable flash-memory camcorder.
It records video in AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format, which uses an MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) video codec allowing you to get true 1080 High Definition resolution video. The compression algorithm of this codec lets you get twice as much video as a raw DV stream, in the same amount of space… which is what truly allows this camera to stand out against tape based video cameras.
Measuring only 2.9-inches wide, 2.5-inches high and 5.1-inches deep, and weighing only 13.4 ounces, with all of the controls in the right place, you’ll love holding this camcorder.
Price: $600 – $700 at Amazon.com