Canon FS100 Camcorders

Canon FS100 Camcorders 

DESCRIPTION

Now, with the light, compact Canon FS100, you can have stunning video with the ease and numerous benefits of Flash Memory, at an affordable price. Flash Memory is used in some of the world's most innovative electronic products such as laptop computers, MP3 players, PDAs and cell phones. It's just the thing for catching more of your life's most special moments. In addition you'll get the FS100's Canon Exclusive features such as Canon 48x Advanced Zoom and our DIGIC DV II Image Processor, combined with a 1.07 Megapixel CCD image sensor, Image Stabilization and a 2.7" Widescreen LCD. You can even choose the color for your FS100 that suits you best. It comes in a choice of three colors, Moonstone Silver, Sapphire Blue and Garnet Wine. It's truly a Flash Memory camcorder that's both hard to beat and unmistakably Canon.

USER REVIEWS

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[Jun 20, 2009]
sfpeter
Intermediate

Strength:

Records in 16:9 aspect ratio.

Cheap and gets the job done.

External microphone jack

A 16GB card will give 3 1/2 hours of recording time at the highest quality setting. If that's not enough, access the old memory bank and remember VHS-C tapes that were good for half an hour.

Lithium ion battery.

Has the same controls and format as all later Canon camcorders, and is simple enough for novices to figure out.

A range of video effects (wipes, transitions, etc.) and color settings are available in the menus.

Very small and lightweight.

Weakness:

The clips are recorded as .MOD files, which not all video editing software can work with. Also, the aspect ratio has to be flagged as 16:9, otherwise the files end up distorted at 4:3. I found a free utility called SDCopy that pulls the files off the card, flags them as 16:9, and converts them to MPG. Works like a charm.

Weak included software bundle, I never even bothered with it.

The battery is completely enclosed, therefore buying an extended (and physically larger) battery is out of the question.

The light is actually a bright diode, and the performance drops off quickly in low light.

Still pictures are one megapixel and not particularly impressive. Bright light snapshots are about the extent of it.

I found the battery/memory cover a lttle too easy to open accidentally.

It is standard definition, not HD. This is not a problem for me, but as the entire market is going rapidly to HD know what you're getting.

It's best to record only at the highest quality setting, fine details degrade considerably at the lower settings even if you do get a lot more recording time.

While a good range of options and controls is available, they are primarily accessed through a joystick menu, and the joystick is very small and a little awkward to use.

The FS100 is one of the first brand name camcorders to fill a slot formerly done by low end devices, namely a lightweight camcorder using flash memory.

I've waited years for something like this to come along, and haven't been disappointed. Me and tape have never gotten along well. It was a real pain to capture from tape, and two of my three early camcorders died from problems with the tape cartridge either perpetually ejecting or jamming the mechanism.

The FS100 does away with all that, and records directly onto SDHC cards.

Customer Service

Haven't used

Similar Products Used:

Panasonic PV-GS36
Panasonic VHS-C camcorder, don't recall the model
Sony 8mm

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
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