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Canon HF100

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Canon HF100. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The size and portability also get good comments, whereas some have doubts about the memory and battery. There are some mixed opinions about the usability.

image quality, portability, size, price, design

battery, memory

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HF100 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by: PriceRunner (

Canon HF100 review


The Canon HF100 is an HD camcorder that features a large 1/3.3 CMOS sensor, 3.3 megapixels, four recording modes and image stabilisation that utilises Canon's Super Range Optical system. It doesn't have Flash memory, but do we hold that against it?

The Canon HF100 is brimming with features, including the ability to capture glorious footage in full HD. That’s right, the maximum 1920×1080, making this one of the best mid-sized camcorders on the market. Capture some video and your eyes will marvel...

Not too much to moan about here: the manual focus is tricky to use. Also, there’s no slow-motion shooting mode. That’s it. Nothing more to see. Move along now

Apr, 2009

Expert review by: (

Canon HF100


The Canon HF100 is an HD video camcorder that features a large 1/3.3 CMOS sensor, 3.3 megapixels, four recording modes and image stabilisation that utilises Canon's Super Range Optical system. One downside is that it does not come with a built-in flash...

Brimming with features and capturing amazing footage, the HF100 is probably the best mid-range camcorder money can buy. It's not bad looking either. Canon HF100 is tagged with Canon, small, AVCHD and camcorder. Select a tag (Canon, for example) to find...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by: PC Pro (

Canon HF100


Cheaper than the HF10, although you need to factor in the cost of storage cards.

Jul, 2008

Expert review by: SimplyDV (

Expert Review


At its highest 17Mbps quality setting, the clips recorded with the HF100 are absolutely superb when played back not only on a HDTV display via HDMI but even when displayed using the supplied AV connectors on a 28″ Widescreen CRT monitor, too. Its Dolby...

Jun, 2008

Expert review by: Good Gear (

Canon's flash-based high-definition camcorder has lots of manual features


The HF100 is one of the best camcorders in its price range. Offering exceptionally sharp video and an extensive array of manual features, it will suit amateurs and enthusiasts both. However, sticklers for value should pick up the 32-gigabyte HF11...

Stunning high-definition video resolution, unsurpassed image clarity and colour, comes packed with manual features

No inbuilt memory, no memory card in sales package, drab design

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon HF100


Excellent image quality & colour reproduction on my HD tv i.e. no over saturated colours. Far exceeded my expectations. It's so small and light too with a very impressive optical zoom.

Being extremely picky here but the internal microphone is very sensitive to the slightest breeze. You can purchase an external mic but surely that's overkill for most regular amateur users. However it's nice to know the option is there if needed.

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon HF100


super quality, easy to use

battery life is short

Apr, 2009

Consumer review by: Confirmed purchaser (

Canon HF100


Very small and easy to use!

Low light gets a bit grainy, but I imagine that is a problem with all camcorders.

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Len (

Canon HF100


Excellent build quality. Very good picture and sound quality. Very easy to use but with plenty of features. Small and quite light.

Poor software with camera makes editing difficult. I have opted to use Sony Vegas Platinum 9 which handles high definition files.

Oct, 2008

Consumer review by: nigel (

Canon HF100


image quality ease of use

battery life is terrible and software almost useless maybe theres after market software that can do a better job but i would still recomend this camera its pobably one of the best at the moment

Sep, 2008

Product Specifications


Audio Dubbing:No / Y / Yes
Audio system:Dolby Digital
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes


Battery life (max):3 / 3.08
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-809 / BP-809, BP-819


Minimum illumination:0.2


Colour of product:Black, Silver


Display diagonal:6.86 / 68.6
Display Resolution:211000


Built-in Flash:Y / Yes

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):2.76
Optical sensor size:1/0.126 / 25.4 / 3.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:3.31

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7 / 37
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):42.9 - 514.8
Focal length range (f-f):4.8 - 57.6
Image stabilizer:Y / Yes
Optical Zoom:12

Other features

Art:Y / Yes
Audio output:1 / Y
Auto Focus:Y / Yes
Cable Type:USB
Flash memory:16384
Manual Focus:Y / Yes
Night mode:Y / Yes
Photo mode:Y / Yes
Sports:Y / Yes
Spotlight:Y / Yes
Video Out:1 / Y

Packaging Content

Bundled software:PIXELA ImageMixer 3 SE
Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
DV port:N / No
HDMI:Y / Yes
Microphone in: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In:N / No
S-Video Out:N / No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 0.5 / 1/2000 - 1/2

Still image

Still image resolution(s):640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder tape type:HDV
Compatible memory cards:SD, SDHC
Internal storage capacity:16


Maximum Video Resolution:1920 x 1080

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:12.9 / 129
Height :6.4 / 64
Width:7.3 / 73