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The key feature of this video camera is that it records onto flash memory. Because it uses these SD and SDHC flash memory cards you get some useful benefits;
1) The battery last longer than HDD, DVD or tape cameras. The standard filming time is 3 hours.
2) Transferring video and photos to a PC is incredibly simple, you just stick the SD card into your PC card reader (I haven't seen a PC sold without a built in reader for years) and drag the files over to your PC.
3) The video camera is small and light, not much bigger than a digital camera. So it can fit into your bag without it being a pain to carry around. It's also pretty good looking which is a nice bonus and really well designed to fit in your hand comfortably.
Its worth mentioning that if you forget to put a SD card in you can still record directly onto the internal memory. Also as SD and SDHC cards get bigger and bigger in capacity you have a camera that will never be limited by a shortage of memory space.
So this is a well designed, good looking, easy to use camcorder and it's well priced. However the price reflects the fact we will be getting standard definition not high def. footage. Online prices I've seen are between £200 and £250. You also get a good optical zoom of x37 which is great for distance shots, the digital zoom of x2000 is something you probably won't use.
I think this is a perfect camera for anyone wanting to point and shoot and be able to quickly transfer and share their films. It's Ideal for holidays and active filming, the small design and lack of moving parts makes it a study choice for any knock about film making. If you want to get serious with high def. you will have to pay more and you may still loose some of the advantages of this camcorder.
Record To Memory Card
Definition - Standard Definition
Video Recording Format SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card,
Optical Zoom Factor 37x (45x with Advanced Zoom)
Digital Zoom Factor 2000x
LCD Screen 2.7" widescreen colour
Media Card SDHC Card, SD Card,
Top Shutter Speed 1/2000th sec.
Minimum Light (Lux) Approx. 1.7 lux (Night Mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD) mm 58 x 60 x 124mm
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From Canon's long history of optical excellence, advanced image processing, superb performance and technological innovation in photographic and broadcast television cameras comes the latest in camcorders.
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 is just the thing for catching more of your life's most special moments.
In addition you will get the FS100's Canon exclusive features such as Canon 48x Advanced Zoom and Canons DIGIC DV II Image Processor, combined with a CCD image sensor, image stabilization and a widescreen LCD. You can even choose the color for your FS100 that suits you best. It is truly a flash memory camcorder that's both hard to beat and unmistakably Canon.
|Product Description:||Canon FS100 - camcorder - flash card|
|Product Type:||Camcorder - widescreen|
|Media Type:||Flash card|
|Memory Card Slot:||SD card|
|Image Processor:||DIGIC DV II|
|Sensor Resolution:||1.07 Mpix|
|Effective Sensor Resolution:||Video: 710 Kpix - Photo: 0.8 Mpix|
|Lens System:||37 x zoom lens - 2.6 - 96.2 mm - f/2.0-5.2|
|Focus Adjustment:||Automatic, manual|
|Min Focus Distance:||1 cm|
|Digital Zoom:||2000 x|
|Display:||LCD display - 2.7"|
|Supported Battery:||1 x Canon BP-808 Li-ion rechargeable battery ( included )|
|AV Interfaces:||Composite video/audio|
|Dimensions (WxDxH):||5.8 cm x 12.4 cm x 6 cm|