Taking Photos with The Canon Vixia HF S100

One of the main reason for my recent purchase of the Canon Vixia HF S100 wasn’t just because of its amazing video quality. The S100 is also equipped with an image sensor big enough to take still photos at whopping 8 Megapixels. With resolution that high, it’s possible to use the HF S100 as both your video camera and photo camera. This saves you the weight of hauling two pieces of equipment around.

I had a chance to test the still photo quality of the S100 when I was filming my test clip from the last post. While the quality won’t rival a professional DSLR, it’s good enough to match many of the better compact digital cameras on the market. The S100 has many of the normal features you’ll expect to find in a Canon digital camera, including a built in flash that pops up automatically if needed.

Here are some still samples. Like the previous video sample, these still don’t give you a true representation of the picture quality due to the fact that I had to resize and compress them before uploading to the Internet. However, it should give you a good idea.

Canon Vixia HF S100 Still

Canon Vixia HF S100 Still

Canon Vixia HF S100 Still

Canon Vixia HF S100 Still

Canon Vixia HF S100 Still


42 thoughts on “Taking Photos with The Canon Vixia HF S100”

  1. Michael Zhao says:

    The photos of the plant life is extraordinary! I like it! But then again, I like everything! ahahaha!

    1. Btw, John, what place is where you are shooting all the vid and pics? I assume it is not the backyard of your house.

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  2. the picture quality is quite good!

    Your primary use for the camera is going to be for the HD Vid postings tho right??

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    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, the camera will be used for video postings mostly.

      1. This means you will use it for all your Dot com Phos vids too? Is this camera the one Michael Kwan was holding in one of the latests Vids?

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  3. Time to upgrade John… the HF200 is all the rage now! lol

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    1. John Chow says:

      Think you got that backward. The HF200 is last year’s model!

      1. Really? That’s the featured item at Henry’s Photo this week according to their flyer. They need to update their merchandise then! lol

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  4. Melody says:

    What a beauty..Wonder how the pictures will look like throughout the seasons..

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  5. Caden Grant says:

    Wow what great quality! Really nice pictures I like the one of the grass, rocks and water for some reason..

    And look at cute little Sally :p

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    1. Yeah she have got photogenic face and her act make photos more attractive.

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  6. Cam Birch says:

    Ooooo. Didn’t even think about a video camera as a replacement to a normal camera. 8 megapixels, wow thats some serious image sensor for a video camera.

    Maybe that’ll help get a video camera purchase past the “budget committee”.

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    1. I dont think I can pass it to the committee even that this is practically 2 in 1 cams.

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      1. Cam Birch says:

        Crushing all my hopes. I guess I’ll just have to try to convince John to give one away in a contest… Hint Hint. 😈

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        1. Than try for two cameras … one for you and one for me … lollz 😉

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  7. Wow those pictures are very clear. I myself have been searching for a still SLR camera. I’m considering using the Canon Rebel…. Does anyone have any experience with the Rebel?

    Again, great post John

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  8. So this is like two in one. You may save some money by not buying a still digital camera. Anyway 8 Mpix are good enough. I want one like this.

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    1. Yeah 8 Mega pixel come under the requirements of quality service. You just use them and you will be able to get nice and clean photo.

      I like the lens of this camera.

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  9. Lithiummind says:

    Very nice vivid colors as well. Looks as sharp as a picture taken from a camera.

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  10. Good photos, very vivid colors

  11. Prince Sioni says:

    Lovely shots John! Dis you attend a photography school? 🙂

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    1. John Chow says:

      Nope, ever too any photo lessons. These cameras just make you look like a pro. 🙂

      1. Yeah that we can see through the output of this camera. Really amazing …

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  12. Prince Sioni says:

    Lovely shots John! Did you attend a photography school? 🙂

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    1. Now this is a perfect compliment … and I am sure John will accept this with open arm.

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  13. Greg Ellison says:

    The pictures look awesome. Thanks Greg Ellison

  14. cases says:

    Love the pics! Thanks for sharing.

  15. Nasir says:

    I love the quality on this camera… Thanks for posting the pictures, that really gave us a “live” example of the camera rather than just giving the specs of it.

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    1. Yeah some time only specification is not enough. If you will get the live example than you can take the decision easily as well.

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  16. Jackie Chia says:

    Great .

    I like this.

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  17. Chris says:

    What about indoor and overcast days?

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    1. Yeah that will be a perfect taste for the quality of this camera. Kindly add some dark light photos as well.

      Would love to see the quality of that time.

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  18. Charles says:

    The picture quality looks awesome! Looks like you can start filming a mini movie 😉

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  19. Mikes says:

    You have a very cute daughter and great pictures too. I just don’t think I can afford the freakin camera

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    1. You should see here dance and her action and you will be fond of her.

      To get more photos and action of her go to sallychow.com

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  20. Cam Birch says:

    I don’t think I have ever actually read any reviews of products that demonstrated the product quality like you have with this product. Even showing sample pictures in some reviews didn’t have the same impact. I wonder why your review is so much better quality…

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  21. Interesting…seems like Camcorders are finally worth buying now 🙂

    -Mike

  22. Certainly quality is quite amazing with so much clarity. You got the worth of your money John.

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  23. Melayu Boleh says:

    canon vixia hf 100, i wish i also can have one. Too bad, i already have my own camera..

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  24. After reading your post i have recently purchased HFS 100 and i can tell you its real cool one John.

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    1. Would love to see photos of your camera Ricky.

      Post in your blog.

  25. Perfect and natural colour, I must say. Sally is really looking for the photo session.

    I am sure with this camera we will be able to see some great clear photos of foods as well.

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