People that have been following me for a while know that I bought a Panasonic HDC-SD5 and returned it because of too much noise in the audio.
So, I’ve been patient and waited for the Canon HF10 Solid State AVCHD camera. It arrived about a week ago and unfortunately I haven’t had the chance to test it in detail yet. So far it looks very good. Small, but more sturdy and solid than the Panasonic. No noise on the audio and a very nice progressive recording mode. Way better performance in low light and a built in 16 GB of memory in addition to the SD-slot.
It works very well with both iMovie and Final Cut Express.
Here’s a detailed review with tech specs on Camcorderinfo.
I have published some very short test videos and will add more later.
25p-960×540.mov 18-May-2008 01:22 43M
= recorded in 25p and scaled down to half size
25p-testclip-canon-h..> 18-May-2008 02:21 177M
= original recording in 25p, Apple intermediate file
50i-testclip-canon-h..> 18-May-2008 02:11 126M
= original recording in 50i, Apple intermediate file
50p-960×540.mov 18-May-2008 01:52 55M
= recording in 50i and converted to 960×540 50p
For the converting from 50i full size to 50p half size I’ve used the free and excellent JES Deinterlacer. I set it up with the following parameters under “Project”:
Settings: Height: 540 Width: 960 Frame rate: 50.000
Movie speed: 1.000
Here’s another quick clip. Something I did to demonstrate Shazam ID on my phone. The video is slightly edited in iMovie, transcoded and uploaded to Brightcove. The recording was done in 25p, saving the hassle of deinterlacing. If you’re reading this in an email update or RSS reader you might want to click through to the article on eirikso.com to view the video.
And here are two stills from the same camera. It’s snapping decent 3 megapixel stills as well.