Canon Vixia HF S100 Test Clip

Here’s a test video I made with the new Canon Vixia HF S100. The video was recorded using the 7bit XP+ setting. This is no where near the maximum 24bit highest quality setting. All the other settings were left in their factory defaults. I’ll start playing with some of the custom features later. Right now, I just want to learn the camcorder.

Because of the limitations of Internet, the video doesn’t really give a good indication on the true quality of this camcorder. When viewed direct from my HDTV, the images are truly amazing. For video sharing on the net the 7bit, or even 5bit, setting would be fine. The only time you need to use the higher quality settings would be if you wish to burn to your movie to DVD.

I shot the test video using just the S100 without the wide angle lens. I’ll test the lens later. The movie clips were transferred to iMovie 09 for processing and then uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube. I can tell you right now I’m going to have a lot of fun with this thing.


43 thoughts on “Canon Vixia HF S100 Test Clip”

  1. Greg Ellison says:

    The video looks awesome. Very good video camera. Greg Ellison

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    1. Seem we all agree with the Top Quality of the video we only may need a discount coupon to make it more affordable.

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  2. Michael Kwan says:

    It’s good that you’ve finally moved on from the Flip. The quality is much improved and, maybe even more important, your Canon will have optical zoom. That’s one thing that really frustrated me about the Flip.

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    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Indeed, I can’t wait ’till the Canon makes cameras/video recorders just as small as the Flip!

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  3. can you also try during night time?

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    1. Cam Birch says:

      I second that. Dark shots can be the bane of home video recording. I’d love to see how this camera handles that.

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      1. UpIrons says:

        It doesn’t handle low light shots very well unless you use the Cinema mode (24P) or a good light kit. There is a great review of this and other cameras over at http://www.camcorderinfo.com.

        1. Thanks for that info. I’d be using this camera during the night as well.

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    2. It would be awesome if there some night shots to see what this cam can really do.

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  4. Jake says:

    Love the video… but don’t like the price : )

    1. Luke says:

      lol…agreed. Awesome camera, but I really can’t afford it 😛

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    2. Michael Zhao says:

      Well, you know how electronics go, just give it a few months or so and the price will be 2/3’d if your lucky!

      1. Michael Zhao says:

        Or if you want it to drop even more, then give a a few years! But by then, who wants an antique? haha! Either way, we lose.

    3. Hi Jake,

      Don´t worry your vids with the flip still great, and seems a lot less money involved, lol

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    4. You could always save up, but I guess it’d depend on how bad you need the camera.

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  5. KeyOfGrey says:

    The coloration is pretty good stock on that camera. You need to add some Magic Bullet correction next time to make your videos truly epic 🙂

  6. Very nice John! I’ve been wondering, what software do you use to make these great videos? I’m completely new to video but would love to make little montages and introductions like you’ve done with yours. Cheers!

    1. Cam Birch says:

      John stated that he was using iMovie 09 for this video clip. He has also used Final Cut Pro for some of the video editing in the past.

      The Mac comes with almost everything you need to produce quality videos like JC produces. Windows is a little more difficult since you will need to purchase a quality video suite.

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  7. Vincent Woon says:

    Great pictures ! Love that last shot ! so coool 🙂

    1. Michael Zhao says:

      Indeed. The quality of the close-up shots are extraordinary!

  8. wondertipz says:

    Where are the buying tips you suggested…?

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  9. Can you post a video using your new mic that you got for the camera?

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  10. Cam Birch says:

    Wow, looking for proof of quality and boom you bring it. Even compressed that is awesome video quality far beyond what you have been delivering up until now. If it wasn’t for the price I would be buying one right now, even so I may still end up with this camera.

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    1. John I guess this the main reason we are not buying, Its out of our league. Maybe you can set up a contest and giveaway one of this cams 🙂

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  11. Certainly you have selected a right and perfect camera. So clear view with such a real colour .. really beautiful.

  12. Caden Grant says:

    Nice the video looks great. Awesome video camera. Very clear.

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  13. Danny Croft says:

    The quality of that video is amazing 🙂

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  14. Very impressive. And reasonably priced for the quality.

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  15. great vid quality! Hopefully we can hear an audio segment on this unit also!

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    1. Yeah, I would love to see and hear a Dot com Pho vid with this new camera,

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  16. Melody says:

    Lucky son of a gun..I got a friend searching around for a good hd cam for a small movie project.

    It’s soooo clear…

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  17. Azam says:

    Very cool… The video quality is superb. For the price, I think it’s worth it.

  18. Great video, I would love to buy the camera, but price seems very expensive. It looks it worth it.

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  19. Joe Tech says:

    Great video.. The picture quality is awesome. I’d love to get my hands on one of these even if just to review for a bit.

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  20. Awesome quality of the video! Great camera it is

  21. Saying that the quality is amazing would be an understatement. I need to buy this camera stat. It would come in handy for interviews.

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  22. Asswass says:

    A little bit to expensive for me. But if its ROI is going to be huge then OK.

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  23. fas says:

    The camera is top notch. Way better then the flip, good choice John.

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    1. I think the Flip is okay to bring if you just want to film a little something that’s no big deal. I would use the Canon Vixia for important stuff.

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  24. Zac Johnson says:

    Amazing quality on that camera. Can definitely persuade someone to buy it, no matter the hefty price tag.

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  25. cameras says:

    Nice looking video. Sounds like you’re having a good time breaking it in!

  26. Colours are really looking nice and live. Ceratainly high quality camera. What is the up range from this camera in Canon.

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  27. Hmmm looking great and I am sure this clip gave you satisfaction as well for your choice.

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