Canon Vixia HF G10 Sample recordings

Posted by Charbax – January 15, 2011

As I am considering the new 2011 camcorder Series from Panasonic/Canon/Sony/Nikon for upgrading to higher quality 1080p video-blogging, I thought I would test the qualities of the newest $1500 Canon Vixia HF G10 series camcorder by recording samples onto my own SD card and post them here on YouTube and include the full download of the original sample video file for your analysis.

The picture quality on Canon Vixia HF G10 should basically be the same as on the $500 more expensive Canon XA10, that nearly only ads XLR audio inputs, so if I find out I might want to upgrade my audio recordings to XLR, I might go with that.

The Canon Vixia HF G10 sensor is 1/3 of an inch in size and has a pixel count of 2.07 megapixels, which corresponds exactly to a 1920 × 1080 resolution. Canon’s theory is that by having a sensor that matches to Full HD resolution, the video image will benefit overall. (read more infos on Canon uses their new DIGIC DV3 Processor which hopefully thus provides good compression quality even when filming at 12mbitps or lower bitrates for easier uploads.

No in-camera cut and join editing? No 720p modes? No 60p mode? No overlay graphics integration (such as transparent png file with my logo at bottom right corner of videos)? No built-in Bluetooth mics and sound mixer (Canon says they got an external Bluetooth microphone option, though may not support more than one Bluetooth microphone at the time)? No built-in fast WiFi and Ethernet YouTube uploads? I would like a good in-camera compressor to make high quality at low manageable bitrates to upload HD on YouTube without requiring PC re-encoding, without it taking too long especially at conferences where there is slow upload speed. Those are features I would like in my next camera, but I still may do without if quality can be much improved over the Sanyo HD1000 that I have been using for all my video-blogging since March 2008. Do you think I should upgrade my video-blogging to this camera or do you have another suggestion for what new camera I should consider?

24mbitps@1080p@24p Sample:

Download sample on Google Docs (96MB for 34 seconds)

12mbitps@1080p@24p Sample:

Download sample on Google Docs (52MB for 35 seconds, this is probably the quality I would record my video-blogging in for it not to take too long to upload to YouTube)

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  • Goffers

    The new camera is great – streets ahead of the old one. The old one was crap though.

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  • Parhambaik

    Hi there, your Canon Vixia G10 Sample video post, says it has no transparent overlay for putting your logo in the corner of the video, do you know of any camcorder that can do that? Plz email me back and I would GREATLY APPRECIATE your time & effort! 🙂

    Cheers Mate
    Parham @

  • Christopher Springmann

    There’s no excuse for bad or just plain mediocre audio.  None.  Mic the talent with a wireless Sennheiser lav or use a handheld dynamic or condenser “reporter’s” mic; or put an Sennheiser MKH60 on the camera or better yet, on a boom, then record the two tracks and produce world-class audio.

    Beachtek makes the incredible DXA-HDV professional XLR adapter frr HDV camcorders, with gain controls, 48v phantom power for condenser mics, and an headset jack, plus an aux feed.

    Pardon the lecture, folks, but get professional.  World-class audio will trump mediocre video any day.  As will the audience.

  • So it’s worthless for people to hear the sound quality of the default built-in mic at default level in a noisy environment? And I should always walk around conferences with Canon’s proprietary external microphone adapter just so you can hear how it can sound when people have that equipment. All my own videos with my Sanyo HD1000 that I film with since 2007 use the Sennheiser MK400 external shotgun microphone, but it’squite simply imcompatible with Canon cameras because Canon is a proprietary company.

  • Christopher Springmann

     Thanks, as I appreciate your quick and candid reply. 

    I’m sure we both want videographers to aspire to greatness and, yes, demonstrating the default mic is useful, especially in a challenging, unforgiving high-level ambient environment. 

    The comparison between just OK and the best possible isn’t worthless;  on the contrary, aren’t we both trying to educate and inspire folks as to what is possible?  I am confident we both want creative people to have those “ah-ha” moments, then move to the next quality level?

    However, there are outstanding systems like Beachtek, which I use, which are excellent in helping me and thousands of other achieve the best sound possible, regardless of the hardware we are using.

    Gosh, we could send people out to buy a unit from SoundDevices, yes, but the quality feed still needs to come from somewhere!  Great recordings come from a great feed.  You can’t fix lousy location audio in post.  That’s why people do ADR and looping.

  • I think camcorder makers need to include good sound recording. Include Bluetooth, RF and a shotgun-quality microphone directly in or on the top of the camera to use affordable but high quality wireless microphones if needed or have a high quality built-in or included shotgun microphone solution on top. I don’t want to spend $1500 on a microphone. I already spent $400 for my Sennheiser MK400 that I actually bought twice because my old one broke after 4 years of constant usage.

  • Christopher Springmann

    You spent $400 on a mic that lasted four years in “constant usage.”  OK, that’s $100 a year divided by 365 days – well, you can do the math.

    No, you didn’t buy “the mic twice;”  rather, after four years of “constant usage,” you replaced a mic that served you incredibly well, in my estimation.  We have NO idea how the mic was handled, packed, transported, or in what environments it was used.

    The real issue:  What are your expectations for a piece of equipment?

    Frankly, you should carry duplicates of ANYTHING that is crucial to your production.  Is that an expensive idea?  It’s all relative.  If I am 3000 miles away from the studio, recording a crucial client interview and something goes wrong, how do I explain to the folks paying the bills that I only have one recorder?

    Gee, that’s impressive and that’s the last time they’ll hire me.

    Always, ALWAYS, have a backup Plan B.

    I was an international spokesperson for Hasselblad AB for years, traveling through 24 countries with the Hasselblad team.  The majority of stuff we carried was CYA – cover your act – in case something went down badly in, oh, Shanghai, Mexico City, Toronto, Houston . . .

    The audience, the client, all expect results, not excuses.

    I use, among others, a Sennheiser MHK60, that “$1500 mic” you were talking about.  That’s just one Sennheiser shotgun I carry.  Cheap insurance.  That’s why I drive such an old car!