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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A decent choice for your first camera

    A decent choice for your first camera

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Picture quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Use in low light

    If you're in the market for your first camcorder, this one should make your shortlist. This camera is incredibly simple to operate; literally anyone can figure out how to use it. By default, opening the screen turns the camera on and closing it turns it off and stops the recording (this can be changed in the settings). The record and zoom buttons are placed right where they should be making one-handed operation a breeze. Plus, the built-in 8GB flash memory allows you to start filming the moment you take it out of the box. At the default setting of 1080i, the camera can take up to 54 minutes of video or 5780 photos before it runs out of space. If you turn the video resolution up to its maximum settings, you can still capture 34 minutes of video using only the on-board memory. If you require more storage space, all you need to do is insert a microSD card (up to 128 gb). The camera fits nicely in my hand and is feels very light without feeling cheap. You shouldn't have any problems if you choose to carry it around with you all day. On top of this, the camera is available in a brilliant, almost anodized looking blue like the one I chose. Obviously, everything product looks good in the professionally lit, studio taken photos the manufacturer provides; they're supposed to. That's why I've included a photo I took with my cellphone the moment I received it. No special lighting or editing, just the camera sitting on my porch steps on a mostly sunny afternoon. It does actually look as good in person as the studio shots make it seem, if not better. Besides the awesome blue color, what helps this camera stand out is that it's waterproof to 16.4 feet and shockproof to 4.9 feet. I was curious to see how accurate these claims were so the first time I used mine was at a pool party. As soon as I arrived I turned the camera on, pressed the record button, and immediately chucked it into the deep end of the pool. Admittedly, the deep end only goes down 6 feet but the camera worked flawlessly even at the bottom. The camera spent a bunch of time underwater in the pool and even some time underwater in the hot tub. I was surprised how well the camera handled transitioning from above to below water and vice versa. The microphone picks up sounds adequately even while submerged. Also, the lens is pretty good about shedding water when you resurface; I only had to blow off some stubborn drops a couple of times. The flip-out monitor is a touchscreen that you use to see what you're filming, adjust settings, and to review your footage. Not only can you easily see what's on the screen in direct sunlight, the touchscreen works perfectly even when both the camera and your hands are wet. It does require a firm press to respond but it's well worth the trade-off. It also has a high refresh rate; I didn't observe any stuttering of anything in frame while using the monitor as the viewfinder. These are important aspects considering how this camera is designed to be used. At the end of the day, I had nearly filled the internal storage with 47 minutes of footage and I still had 70% of the battery remaining. The camcorder can be operated in either video mode or camera mode. Pressing the record button starts/stops filming in video mode and takes a picture when in camera mode. Whichever mode it was in when you turn it off is the mode it will be in when you turn it back on. However, there is an onscreen button you can press to take a picture regardless of which mode you are in. While I'm at it, I have to talk about the 40x optical zoom, image stabilization, and the auto focus. I've included a random photo of some windows which by itself doesn't seem all that special. What makes it impressive is that I took that picture using the camcorder freehand with the zoom all the way up to 40x. Those windows were on the second story of a house over a tenth of a mile away from where I was standing. I'd have to imagine that the picture would have looked better had I been using a tripod but it's still far from the worst photo I've ever taken. In the settings, it is possible to turn on an additional 160x worth of digital zoom for a total of 200x magnification. To be honest, I haven't tried the digital zoom because 40x has been more than enough. Plus, optical zoom always looks better than digital zoom anyways. As for the image stabilization, I immediately turned it to its highest setting since I don't have the steadiest hands. At the pool party, the camera was passed around until everyone had a chance to try it out for themselves. I am pleased to report that the image stabilization is quite capable of keeping the majority of the footage usable regardless of who is operating the camera. I'm not saying that it is not possible to overwhelm the stabilization; you just have to be trying to do so. In regards to the auto focus, it reacts reasonably quickly and is able to focus in on things less than an inch away from the lens. Plus, you can set it to be track faces, color, or even a particular area. It can also be turned off completely if you desire. With all that being said, this camera is not perfect. The maximum resolution is 1080p and 60 fps. Personally, I would've preferred an integrated shutter-style lens cover opposed to the clip on cap that comes with it. The cap has a tendency to float into frame when filming under water and will continually bounce off your wrist when filming above water. The built-in speaker is quiet even at maximum volume and doesn't sound very good. If you are filming in quieter settings, the microphone picks up the auto focus servos as well as the ones for the optical zoom. When you are reviewing photos and video on the camcorder, files only appear according to which mode you are in. Photos can only be viewed while in camera mode and video can only be seen in video mode. The footage gets grainy and color accuracy decreases dramatically in low light situations such as filming at dusk and there is no night vision. At the end of the day, this is a simple to use camcorder with great battery life that would make some decent looking home movies or vlogs. The water and shockproofing will keep the camcorder safe in most situations, it is light enough to comfortably take with you wherever you go, and the auto focus and image stabilization work well enough to make you seem like a better filmographer than you actually are.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Outdoor Camcorder

    Great Outdoor Camcorder

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Picture quality

    In a world of smartphones that have great cameras built-in, why would anyone buy a camcorder?! Here are a few reasons: 1. 40X optical zoom 2. It's waterproof up to 16.4 feet under water 3. It's Shockproof up to 4.9 feet 4. It's quick and easy to use 5. The top four attributes make it great for outdoor use and comfortable enough to let my 8 and 9 year old daughters use it! What do I like about the VIXIA HF W10? - It's small and light weight, comfortable to hold in the hand - 8GB of built-in flash storage is enough to get some nice video and stills - The 64GB MicroSDXC I had, when put in a full size SD card adapter, worked very well with it. - It takes great video under water! We haven't tried much but we got some great video of the bottom of a creek today, very bright and clear - Battery life! I haven't used it enough to give you numbers but it seems to use the battery slowly. My daughters were playing with it and taking 20-30 minutes of video today and it's still at 80%. For the quality it gets I think that seems very good. - The black plastic looks good, doesn't feel cheap, isn't a finger print magnet, and it does't look "ruggedized", no extra thick rubber cover or anything Recording video at the default quality setting (Canon calls it "XP" 7:44 left on my partly used 64GB card), which I thought was takes very good quality video, uses about 1GB for 8 minutes. There is one higher quality setting (UXP 5:29 left at the same point in time) and a lower quality setting (EP a crazy 27:26 left on the same 64GB card at the same point in time) that greatly reduces files size. All of those settings are at 1920x1080 60fps interlaced. There is a 60fps progressive mode but recording at that only has one quality option and on the same card at, again, the same point in time it dropped the recording to 4:52. There are no resolution options for the video, it's all 1920x1080. The video was good inside and out. Better lighting gave better color accuracy in the video but it often did well with video inside when I wasn't sure it would. It adjusts pretty quickly when you move it from brighter to dimmer lighting or vice versa. If there is a bright light behind something that will throw it off but most cameras have a really hard time with that. I was very pleased with the video quality, especially outside. Though I had less testing of sound so far it seems to pick up audio very well. This does take photos. You need to have good lighting and if there are different light sources, like sunlight coming in through the window and other lights inside the white balance may not be right and the colors could be off. With lower light the photos they tend to be grainy too. I haven't noticed the same graininess in the video. Outdoor they can be pretty good though. I didn't really dock the camera for photo quality because everyone has a cell phone that they use for photos most of the time. Still this can take good photos and that optical zoom could come in handy when you're trying to get a picture of wildlife at a distance and no cell phone will work. I've uploaded two outdoor pictures I took with it. You can see what you think. There are four resolution options, up to 3680x2760 (10MP if you care). The default of 1920x1080 (2MP) seems good in general. Again, the key to good photos on this will be the lighting and in general, it's just better outside. There are a lot of settings but you don't need to mess with them most of the time. There is a timer for both photos and video. I set it to 2 seconds all the time for photos so there is less chance of blur. There are other options too like time lapse, wind noise reduction, image stabilization options, and more. If you are going to use an SD card with it, as I expect most will, it's simple but you need to set it to save photos and videos on it. By default it will continue to save to the built in 8GB flash storage. The settings for photos and videos are independent so you can have photos go to the built-in storage and videos go to the SD card if you want. The physical controls are simple and work well. To turn the camera on, open the screen. To turn it off, you close the screen. There's a rocker switch on top that's used for zoom, volume up/down when viewing video, and next/previous when reviewing photos. There's one button on the back that's used to start/stop recording and to take photos. You can also use an on-screen button to take photos. The touch screen is pressure sensitive. While you need to press harder than on your phone it's easy to get used to and works well. It has three ports: mini-HDMI, microUSB for data and power, and a port for analog video out. I used the mini-HDMI to connect it to our TV and that worked well. For the TV output to work you need to turn it on in the camera settings first and then connect it to the TV. There is also the SD Card slot obviously. The VIXIA HF W10 is a good video camera for the price and is especially well suited for a camping trip, hike, and countless other outdoor activities!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Simplified camcorder for practical usage

    Simplified camcorder for practical usage

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Touch screen

    It is made for simplicity of usage without worrying water splash. Scope of review does not include quality of image as it is standard common for all, and focused on the usage and practicality. Good: 1. Simplified functionality through touch screen 2. Has only two physical buttons. 1 for Zoom In/Out, second for video recording start/pause or in photo camera mode to take photograph. 3. Light to carry, small, can grab in different angle 4. Definition of video and photographs are acceptable range. (for some this could be Thumbs Down) Thumbs Down: 1. During zoom in it bit hard to focus on the object 2. Under dark it does record acceptable but not great if you are used to the clarity of definition from higher range definition. 3. The charging cover attachment appears weak. As it cover has the function of stopping water contact for insert of sd card, and connectivity for charging and HDMI. However one is not careful can accidentally detach it, then totally not useful for water. 4. Battery is not replaceable. Experience: Use experience is practical from moment of opening the touchscreen to recording. Unlike other device, as open the touchscreen, it is on mode ready to start recording. All of functions of control is via touchscreen, and as you record can change some of attributes. But as the purpose of the camera would be mainly for under water, it seems to make sense having all the control centralized in the touchscreen as you can edit afterward. In one case, to test the practicality, I attached it in my wrist while riding the bike. Although first it look bit big, as you ride bike can record while still controlling the bike. Naturally, it take some prep and adjustment, but wasn't big of deal. Its recording was reasonably stable, could be better if can have stable position to record. The experience of using the touch screen to see and adjust recording, it would be bit frustrating in the beginning due to its size and all the control in the reduced space. But can overcome as get used to. Regarding recording video, although I haven't worked technically on it, it seems very good for the range of price point As soon as touchscreen opens, it start capturing the sound in stereo mode and has indicator bar that tells you which side has more sound. Upon recording, it is crispy sound for recording of main object within 12 ft to 20 ft. Use under water, only had time to use under a swimming pool and for that short experience, after having left out of water, it does perform without any issues. The slop that contain SD card, connectivity area were all dry as nothing happened. In bottom line, good practical camcorder to use without regular water damage but due to quality of touchscreen that center all the function, and its material, I recommend if price point less than manufacture suggested price.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent basic video cam

    Excellent basic video cam

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Touch screen, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory

    The Canon VIXIA HF W10B has a lot packed into a small device. These days video recording can be made with cellphone cameras, DSLRs and point and shoot cameras, however, nothing beats the 40x optical zoom that the Canon VIXIA HF W10 brings. It is small and not heavy enough to tire the hand. I like the waterproof so I don't worry taking it to the pool, I don't know about the ocean yet but I'll be trying the beach water soon with this toy. The Canon VIXIA HF W10 only comes with 8GB of internal memory so it tends to fill up quickly with long videos. It take HD videos but no 4K but for the price it is well worth it. The video and sound quality are excellent but not 4K quality. The still images are not impressive but good enough for memories. Unfortunately, it only has a standard size memory card slot as opposed to microSD, but still good to expand the memory. I added 128gb to mine so I got plenty of space. Battery life is very good and comes with a very odd USB charger. There's no real on and off button so the function is left to the opening and closing of the touch screen. The touch screen has all the function and buttons needed to operate this small device. This is a very good basic video recording device with an excellent 40x optical zoom.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Camcorder for Someone on the Go

    Versatile Camcorder for Someone on the Go

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Video quality

    Over all I am happy with the camera and its performance. If you are looking for a good camcorder that can go anywhere, provide decent images and is simple to operate this is the one to get. I chose the blue version and it really stands out due to its blue metallic body. This camera is actually a cross between a full-sized camcorder and an action cam. It gives you the portability and weatherproof capabilities of an action cam and the optical zoom capabilities and side LCD monitor of a full size camcorder. The camcorder build feels rock solid and fits nicely in your hand. Its about half the size of my other camcorders so it’s easy to pack and go on all the family activities. It has many advanced features but also works just fine on auto for those who just want a simple point and shoot camcorder that is outdoors friendly. I like being outdoors and in the past I have had cameras ruined by sand and water. Because this camcorder is weather proof it is good to go whether you are headed to the beach or the trail. Things I really liked: • It’s Weather proof so it can go anywhere you go and still record good video. • It has a nice sized LCD monitor and yet its small enough to fit in my hiking short’s pocket. • The 40x optical zoom allows you to get up close when far away. It also has digital zoom capabilities but I found that it has limited use unless you are using a tripod. • The image stabilization works up to about 20 x with reasonable image quality • The camcorder has Macro capabilities like my SLR so I can get up close images • The camcorder feels natural in your hand is easy to operate • The lens assembly is threaded so you can add filters and lens protectors if you like. • The side LCD monitor can be rotated so you can see the monitor while recording yourself for v-logging purposes. • The facial recognition and auto focus worked well in and out of the water. See the photos. Things that made me pause • The menu system isn’t the most intuitive luckily there is a good manual on line. • There are a lot of icons on the menu screen that indicate various functions. It took me some time to understand what they were and their functions. • No external microphone connection • No mini HDMI adapter or cable. If you want to play your videos on your TV you will need to purchase the cable or pull the memory card out of the unit. • To charge the battery or access the hdmi port you have to open the “water tight” seal on the back compartment. I am not sure how reliable that seal will be over time. • To take a photo when recording video you have to press the camera icon on the side LCD monitor. This means you have to change your focus to find the icon and use your other hand to press the screen to take the shot. • The sound quality of just ok. This camera is so close to being the perfect travel companion but It misses the mark in two areas. It doesn’t support 4k which is a debatable issue. I have other 4k camcorders but due to battery consumption and file size I will often shoot at a lower resolution. The highest resolution this camera supports is 1080 which is still good quality video for the typical user. The second issue is that the battery is not replaceable so when the battery runs out you have to either plug it in or use the usb cable and charge it using a power brick while on the go. Note that to power the camera you have to open the water sealed compartment so you need to be careful if you are charging it in the open. I attached a couple of photos. The one photo is under the water in my pool and as you can see the focus and image quality are quite good. Another photo shows the camera as it is coming out of the water. The lens is still half in the water. This shows that the autofocus has already locked in above the water line because the flowers in the back ground are clear. The last photo is an up close shot of a flower. The autofocus really did a good job with that photo.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Camcorder with Weather Resistant Features

    Great Camcorder with Weather Resistant Features

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Focus

    I really like the Canon Vixia HF W10 Camcorder. It is a weather and shock resistant small form factor camera that fits nicely and securely in your palm. Unboxing- Picture included, this has all the cables with adequate lengths as well as lenscover and cable filters. Manual is easy to understand but could have done a better job at highlighting features. First use- Zooming back and forth was easy. There is some obvious lag in focus but that is normal in this range. Video quality was very good and snapshot capability produced very good quality output. Internal storage is 8GB but you can easily add an SDXC card up to 128GB. On a 2nd and third use, it was sprinking rain outside and the camera performed great. It did not get too wet and the door seal around the connections is exceptional and left me comfortable no water could penetrate it. I would have liked to attach a video but only still shots were able to be uploaded. Overall, I really like the Canon HF W10. I got the Blue one! It looks cool and not boring!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Needs some work

    Needs some work

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Focus

    I have mixed thoughts about this camcorder. Its claim to fame is in being waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freeze-proof. As a rugged outdoor camera, it gives you a lot more options than those ubiquitous action cameras or any cell phone. It does this by being a full-featured consumer camcorder. You can take video and stills with a 40:1 optical zoom, time-lapse, tele-macro, self-timer and so on. It can be fully auto or provide manual control over focus, exposure, white balance, backlight compensation, etc. It does all this while being capable of shooting underwater and tolerating drops, snow, sand and general abuse. What are my reservations? I found the 40:1 zoom is only useful up to about 20:1 while handheld. Go beyond that and it better be on a tripod, and the focus seemed to hunt at times. The stabilization has three levels, but it’s digital and cuts down the image area as it becomes more aggressive. It’s possible that optical stabilization wouldn’t be able to withstand the shock and drop resistance, but there’s still a quality loss. As far as quality, this camera shoots in 1920 x 1080 HD in either 60i or 60p. If you want 4K, you’ll need to look elsewhere and spend a lot more. The 60p mode gives nice smooth video, and that’s what I mostly used. However, there are no size or quality variations when shooting 60p, and some of the special features only work in 60i mode. On the plus side, the internal battery lasts up to 5 hours it has 4GB of internal memory and will accept SD cards, but only up to 128GB. Don’t wait until the last minute to charge it up. A full charge can take up to 6 hours. The build quality seems good and it’s quite small and easy to carry. The only buttons are the start/stop and the zoom rocker. Everything else is controlled through the touch screen. The screen feels a bit unresponsive, but that’s due to it being a pressure response and not a capacitive screen. That apparently was necessary to be able to use it down to its maximum of 5 meters underwater. To make use of its variety of features, it’s really necessary to download the full manual and do some reading. It comes with no software, but when you connect it to your computer, it shows up as a mass storage device. Any video editing system which accepts AVCHD format will handle the .MTS files it generates. The stills are standard jpg. The technology feels a bit dated because it is. In reality, this is a rebadged JVC Everio camera that’s been around for several years. It seems to me to be a big miss not to have provided an easy way to directly upload files to social media. Canon could have done a little updating to make it more current. The bottom line to me is that this is very much a niche product. If you want to take videos in places you wouldn’t risk a regular camcorder or your $1000 phone, it fills that bill. You do need to be a bit tech-savvy and understand video editing.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Just OK Compared to other Sport Cameras

    Just OK Compared to other Sport Cameras

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Picture quality, Touch screen
    Cons mentioned:
    Use in low light

    I have used other knock off Sport Cameras and have had better success. If you are migrating from an older DV camcorder (which I do have) this is leaps and bounds. Low light video footage is poor and still shots in low light is poor. Outdoor quality is really good. Viewing on a PC is different than viewing on a 4K tv. PC is better picture quality. While viewing on a 4K tv, colors seem to be over saturated and has tones of orange and red that overtake the footage. The 40x zoom is really good, but you can hear the mechanical zoom as you take the footage, which I kind of find annoying. Hand stabilization is pretty good. Touch screen display is ok not as smooth as a smartphone. Onboard menu is pretty easy to navigate. Initial setup is pretty straightforward. Touch screen can swivel around to to selfies pretty easy. Charge time is half decent upon first charge. Access to ports and SD card is pretty easy. The unit sits in your hand pretty good (well balanced) and the strap is easy to adjust. The only thing with the zoom it is a bit far back and is harder to adjust and causes for a wobbly shoot when zooming in. It should be placed a bit more forward in my opinion. This is assuming a 1 hand operation. On board 6 GB of memory is sufficient for short shoots and not for long shoots. Access to download via PC is pretty straightforward after learning how the files are stored. Viewing on 4K tv and plugging using medium HDMI cord was pretty easy. I have not tested underwater yet. I will provide additional feedback for underwater shooting at a later time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good HD camcorder for casual use

    Good HD camcorder for casual use

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Touch screen
    Cons mentioned:
    Instructions, Lens, Use in low light

    Unboxing and Setup: The setup for this camcorder was easy enough using the included basic user guide. It would have been nice to have the info on where to attach the lens cover in that guide. I had to download the detailed user guide to get that info. I would have liked to see a built-in lens cover with a sliding push button, though. The terminal cover is a little difficult to open but manageable. You do have to open the screen door before the terminal cover will slide far enough over to open. Also the basic guide should better show how to connect the charging cord and adapter. The touch screen comes on and turns of when opened like most camcorders and has a nice interface of icons once you become familiar with them. It has a nice feel to it and works well even for my large fingers. Recording feature is easy to use. You have to select video or photo from the touch screen to switch the recording mode. The video quality is good for a lower end HD camera but the low light sensitivity is only average to low. Battery life is very good, though, with up to five hours depending on usage. The optical zoom is very good. Playback: To playback on TV you have to use a mini HDMI cable or adapter. This should be included since the internal storage and content is not accessible otherwise except by connecting the included USB cable to a computer. The playback quality was good but showed some distortion on the PC screen at times. I didn’t have the mini HDMI adapter do I wasn’t able to playback on a TV. I assume it would look better on a TV than on the PC, though. This model doesn’t seem to include a feature to copy the internal video to the SD card without connecting it to a PC. That’s a real inconvenience. Overall it’s a nice small camcorder that is easy to use and is shock and water resistant with great battery life.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Not bad, but Not quite what I was hoping for

    Not bad, but Not quite what I was hoping for

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Touch screen
    Cons mentioned:
    Lens

    It seems like everyone nowadays only records with their phone or tablets, which may be fine for most. Between orchestra and theatre performances, I do a lot of recording set on a tripod (and almost feel like an outcast using a real camcorder). While I do sometimes record in 4K on my phone (on the tripod), the sound quality isn't always as good. I've had a nice Sony HD camcorder that I've used for the past 10 years (and still works great), but was hoping to find something newer with better sound and video recording, a fresher battery (and didn’t use a Memory Stick). So, he comes the Canon VIXIA HF W10. It does have nice look to it. It does have some nice features, such as being waterproof (to 5m/16.4ft up to 1 hour), dust-proof, shockproof and freeze-proof (to -10º, but I wouldn't be outside for that). The flip-out LCD touchscreen monitor is a decent size, displays great. It is pressure-sensitive touchscreen, which makes it functional under water (capacitive doesn't work so well in the water). The on-screen menu looks nice and is easy to use. Outside, it has only two buttons: Record, and a rocker with Zoom in/Volume up and Zoom out/Volume down. Inside a sealed door on the back, there is a Mini-HDMI, micro USB (PC connection and charging) AV port and the SD card slot (for up to a 128GB SDXC card. It warns to not use a microSD with adaptor or it may cause malfunction). It has 8GB internal memory (which I do feel is quite small in today's world and my 10-year old one had 8GB internal as well). The 40x optical zoom works nice, just need to have it on a tripod or something stable when going full zoom in. It also gives you other zoom options, such as a 60(55)x Dynamic, 120x Digital and 200x Digital. I do like that the base 1x is zoomed out a little more, so you can be a little closer and get the full picture. So, I did some side-by-side recordings (in Intelligent Auto mode) with my older camcorder to compare, and this is where the Canon doesn't quite make it with me. Outside in the afternoon sun, the picture and color quality are fairly good with the Canon, but still slightly better on the older one. Overall, not quite as vivid on the Canon. In lower to mid lighting (inside with no lights, but some sunlight coming in through some windows), the Canon did record a little better, not quite as grainy when getting to darker areas, but the focus didn't seem as good. Also, I started noticing some backlighting washout/flaring, even when the brighter area isn't in the picture. Then, inside a room with no windows, just light fixture lighting, it wasn't too bad with the Canon, but still experienced the backlighting issue when getting closer to the light fixtures (which the older one really didn't have an issue with on either recording). Now, for the most disappointing part: sound quality (which is very important to me). I had my cello player play some while I recorded with both at the same time. I'm not sure if it has to do with the waterproofing, but the sound was just not as good. You couldn't really hear much bass to it (as you should for a cello). Overall, it wasn't very rich at all (like it was with the older one), and I was recording only about 6-7 feet away. I tried again with the Zoom Mic turned on but no improvement. So, looks like I'll be sticking with my older one for recording the performances. One thing I don't like with the menu us when you change certain menus settings, it takes you all the way out, which is a pain if you're trying to quickly make video quality changes in Manual mode. I also don't care for how it was designed for where you hold it, the way it juts out isn't quite comfortable to me. Also, it doesn't have a built-in lens cover with an open/close lever, just a clip in cap that will dangle while you're recording (or, like I did, the cord can be removed and just stick the cap in your pocket or case). Since we do like going to the beach every year, I will probably bring this one along for better recording out in the water (sometimes the phone in one of the waterproof pouches just don't work as good as I would hope). For recording under water, it does have a couple of white balance settings to choose from to get more natural color (look for the fish icons). This Canon will get some use, just not as much as I was hoping.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camcorder

    Great camcorder

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Picture quality

    After ordering a 256gb SD card and charging the camcorder I was anxious to put it to the test. Couple of notes, Canon has specific requirements for the optional SD storage card, I ordered a Scandisk and it works perfectly. The larger SD provides for a whopping 22 hours of video at the highest resolution. Initial charging took about 3 hours and the built in battery monitor said that I had 32 minutes of recording time at full charge. After recording for more than an hour it still shows 50% so possibly a glitch in the meter, battery life so far has been excellent. This camcorder is small and lightweight. In fact it is a little too small for my big hands but that's not a big deal to me as my wife will likely do most of the recording. Operation is very simple and straight forward. The touch screen works well and was a surprise given the size of the screen and again my big hands. It is quite intuitive which is nice as the manual is limited with a suggestion that you visit Canon's site for a full manual. Not a big deal but in the 4 days I've had the camcorder, Canon's site has been down. Ok now the fun part, with much trepidation I gave the camcorder to my 12 year old grandson and asked him to use it in our pool during a swim party with his friends. Figured there is no better way to test the waterproof features in the real world. The results are outstanding, absolutely stunning high definition pictures underwater with no problems as the kids jumped and swam. Especially interesting to me was the quality of the audio that the built in mike provided. Once finished, Canon recommends wiping the camcorder off with a soft cloth and rincing it with clean water to remove any chemicals or salt. Following their recommendations, everything works perfectly. Cant wait to get over to some of the lakes near us and do a little recording. Given the size, ease of use, quality of video and waterproof performance I can easily recommend this device to anybody who likes to capture video regardless of use in or out of water.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great camera for the price,

    Great camera for the price,

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
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    Small and lightweight. I think this would be a good camera for someone starting out. I like the idea that I can be out in a rain shower and not worry about it because it is waterproof. I carry it with me most anywhere I go and so far am not afraid of bumping it into anything because it is shockproof. Device is sealed so that it can be waterproof. So the battery cannot be swapped out if you run out of power. Things I would like to see in a future model. 4K video, a way to connect an external power-pack so that I could recharge on the go. Future models from Canon that are like the more $800 to $1000 models but have the waterproof and shockproof features included would be nice to see.

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    It's okay

    It's okay

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    Doesn't have a lot of options, but it did work well in the pool. Purchased it for the waterproof HD.

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    Value
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    Ease of Use
    3 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
    No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    just do not rate anything excellent.

    just do not rate anything excellent.

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    Posted .
    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

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    Quality
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    Value
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    Ease of Use
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    camera is great for capturing our new grand child.

    Features

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    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     
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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Small, lightweight, waterproof

    Small, lightweight, waterproof

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Touch screen

    Canon - VIXIA HF W10 Waterproof HD Camcorder - Blue Pros: I like the blue color option, very pretty. It's small, lightweight and waterproof making it handy for filming in rain, snow, in or near the pool, beach or lake. It has 8 GB of internal memory so it can be used out of the box, an SD memory card can be added for longer filming. Included are the Lens Cap, AC adapter, adapter cable, USB A - Micro type B cable, a small Core filter, and a large Core filter. The colors are vivid. The touchscreen is reactive, easy to use. The menu is easy to understand. Cons: Stabilization is not great when zooming in and out. Trying the different settings didn't improve it. Every sound is picked up and loud. Pressing buttons, zooming in and out, just your hand moving comes in loud and clear on the video. Annoying! Not for left-handed people. The camcorder can be held in the left hand, but the menu does not adjust so it's upside down. Even if you're not left-handed you probably want to switch hands if filming for long periods of time. The more detailed user guide is online. My phone takes great video with better stabilization, no sounds when zooming in and out and will adjust to the hand I'm holding it in. The only thing this camcorder has over my phone is that it's waterproof so I don't have to worry about it getting wet, falling into the water and could be used to film underwater if I were to want to. It's not a bad camcorder and it's nice to be able to film in and around water without worrying about damaging the device and video/photos which my phone can't do and that makes it handy.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Decent Rugged Action Camera

    Decent Rugged Action Camera

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    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Picture quality, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Use in low light

    If you're in the market for camcorder that can take abuse, the Canon HF W10 should be on your list. In fact, I don't see much of a reason to have a dedicated camcorder nowadays with how capable smartphones and compact cameras are, but this Canon fills one major exception. It's rugged. You can take it 16 feet under water, drop it from 5 feet, and put it through tortuous environments without fear of it breaking on you. Sure a GoPro can do the same thing at 4k, but this has a live viewfinder so you can actually see what you're recording, plus it can zoom! The ergonomics are fine, pretty standard design for a handheld camcorder with a pop off lens cover that has a nice clip to latch onto the hand strap so it's not just dangling around as you're recording. Recording wise, it's a 1080p camera that takes good video in bright light, but is a bit noisy in lowlight. You can easily snap photos while you're recording, which is great, and the menu system is pretty simple to navigate through. There's a manual camera mode that more advanced users might love, but to me this camera is all about quick and easy convenience for nasty terrain. I already have a camera for fine photography and my phone does 4k pretty decently, but would I dare take them out on a boat or kayak? Or while swimming? Or heck, going underwater??? NO. That's what this camera is for... perfect for going fishing, swimming in the pool, shallow scuba diving, recording in the rain, a water gun fight, or even giving to your nephew / niece to play with (who you know will drop it). The only thing I don't like is exporting videos. I wish every camera recorded in mp4 to make transfers easy, but this camera compiles all the videos into a package that you then have to select the video and export it into the file format of your choosing. While it's kind of a standard process that I've gotten used to, it's so much more convenient when cameras record directly into mp4, or other widely accepted media platform so all the user would have to do is copy the files directly over. Not a deal breaker, and it's a common issue for camera manufacturers, but something I wish they would improve on. Overall, get this camera if you need something rugged that can zoom, go underwater, handle freezing temps, and can handle some drops. Excellent camera for the boat or beach!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great compact waterproof & shockproof camcorder

    Great compact waterproof & shockproof camcorder

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Ease of use, Touch screen, Video quality
    Cons mentioned:
    Memory

    Canon's waterproof camcorder is small but has 40x optical zoom, making it great for filming close and far. It comes in black or blue, I opted for the blue just because every other camcorder in the world is black. Setup is easy, just flip open the viewscreen, which is a touchscreen, and adjust the settings the way you want. You can even adjust the sensitivity of the touchscreen. The camcorder comes with 8GB of built-in memory or you can add an SD card (not included). For power and transfers there are included mini USB cords/adapters. Video quality is good, you can set it to record with or without sound. Being waterproof to 5 meters (just over 15 feet) is a great plus, I took mine paddleboarding and it definitely got wet from the wake put out by boats. It kept on working just fine, no problems. It's quite small and lightweight, making it great for people on the go. The strap on the side of the camcorder makes it easy to use one-handed and you only have to press one button to start and stop recording. The zoom control is on top of the camcorder, making it easy to zoom in and out as necessary.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    awesome camcorder

    awesome camcorder

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

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    Ease of Use
    5 out of 5
     
     
     
     
     

    super happy with my purchase, tried a couple of other cameras in store ( a few more expensive ones ) and this was by far better than some others!

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    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Family/Vacation Camera

    Family/Vacation Camera

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Video quality

    This camera is perfect for family vacations and people who like to "adventure" (backpacking, hiking, kayaking, white-water rafting, mudding, etc) or anything around water. The Vixia HF W10 is a sleek design, low profile and easily fits into almost any bag (including purses, and small fanny packs). The biggest PRO for this camera is that you can use it underwater, which is perfect for in and around the pool or the beach. It has 8GB of built in memory and fits additional memory cards for even more storage on long trips. I get about 120 minutes of recording time on a single charge and the battery is built in, so no protruding rear battery to worry about. It charges with a standard micro-usb, making it super easy to find a place to charge no matter where you are. Oh and I almost forgot, it has facial recognition auto focus! This is an amazing feature for filming children running around playing. My only con for this camera is the stabilization, well the lack of it. It does have an electric stabilizer but it seems to work best when zoomed all the way out. The 40x optical zoom is incredible for filming from far away, like mountains, sunsets, wild life but you will have a hard time keeping steady. However, for this class of camera its tolerable / borderline acceptable. Hands down the easiest video camera you will ever use, perfect for family vacations and adventurers/outdoors people.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid camcorder for senior adults and kids use

    Solid camcorder for senior adults and kids use

    Posted .
    Pros mentioned:
    Battery, Ease of use, Video quality

    Review: Canon - VIXIA HF W10 Waterproof HD Camcorder – Blue The Canon - VIXIA HF W10 Waterproof HD Camcorder – Blue is a lightweight, compact video camera that is designed to be shockproof and waterproof for basic consumer use. The device fits right in the hand, and is pretty small, and stable with a hand strap that keeps the device nestled in your palm. Out of the box, the device comes with pretty much anything you need. It has a small lens cap, a hand strap, an integrated battery, and 8 Gb of onboard memory. I would suggest you add a high capacity SDXC card and get a small camera bag for storing your device. Otherwise you are good to go. The onscreen controls are pretty easy to work, and the camera is relatively simple. The access doors are maintained a bit tight to keep out the moisture, so I had a challenge at first opening the door containing the card slot. The camera comes with power adapter, usb cable, core filters for the cables, lens cap, and a basic printed manual. The provided documentation is basic but gets the job done. Be prepared to check online at Canon’s website if you need more information. I was able to get up and running with just a little effort. The camera comes with one SDXC slot, so keep an eye on your usage availability and keep an extra SDXC card or two handy if you are taking this on vacation. Since the battery is integrated, there’s no option to keep extra batteries; you just need to keep an eye on battery level and charge overnight using the provided power cable. From what I can tell, the camera turns on as soon as you open the LCD display door. There’s a nice big “record” button right where your thumb can toggle it on or off. You can shoot still pictures off the video camera feed by tapping an on / off button. For downloading video, I found it easiest just to record directly to SDXC card, then pull the card and insert it into my laptop for downloading. To me this makes the device simple to use both for the kids and your more senior adults. The 40x optical enables you to get close from far away for your kids stage plays or sporting events. The zoom controls enable you to get right up there. Stabilization works as you’d expect on a consumer camcorder. The specifications say waterproof to 5 meters, and shockproof to 1.5 meters. I will admit that I did not test either of those features. However, by having those qualities as part of this camera, I am more likely to designate this as a camcorder for my 10-year-olds and under to use. My kids love taking videos, and have made such with their other very cheap electronic devices, so they will be more than happy to have this more sophisticated camera option available to them. The Vixia HF W10 is a simple to use video camera that provides Full HD 1080. It will be good in the rain, or in the splash zone at the local water park. The Vixia HF W10 provides for connecting to a standard tripod as well, so you can set up a stationary position for recording your kids stage plays or presentations. I checked the latest pricing and the cost seems right for this compact device. It’s good that the manufacturers are trying to keep camcorders relevant as everyone has a very basic video camera in every smartphone. However, this Canon Vixia HF W10 seems like a decent all-around option for your kids or seniors to use for capturing those life moments in higher quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend
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