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Canon HR10

alaTest has collected and analyzed 183 reviews of Canon HR10. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. People really like the design and image quality. The price and portability are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the control panel and viewfinder, while there are mixed reviews on the memory and reliability.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Canon HR10 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HR10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Canon HR10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Opinions about the zoom and price are overall positive. The image quality and portability are also mentioned favorably. Comments about the size and reliability are mixed.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Canon HR10


alaTest has collected and analyzed 111 user reviews of Canon HR10 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Views about the image quality and usability are overall positive. The battery and price are also mentioned favorably, but there are mixed comments on the size and portability. Some have doubts about the reliability.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Canon HR10 DVD Camcorder


The HR10 brings DVD-based recording to Canon's camcorder line-up. Does it perform as well as we've come to expect?

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : TechRadar (

Canon HR10 review


Keen pricing plus stunning pictures equals top marks

Strong pictures ; Impressive sound ; Good array of features ; Solid build-quality

Optical image stabiliser not very effective ; Awkward fixed viewfinder ; Sluggish close-up focusing

While this is not the best HD camcorder ever tested, we’ve yet to see one deliver a better performance for the price

Jan, 2008

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Canon HR10 Camcorder Review


Lightweight design, advanced optical technologies and the advantage of recording direct to DVD make the Canon HR10 HD camcorder stand out.

HDMI output allows you to play back your movies and photos on a HD compatible TV or computer.

May, 2012

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Canon HR10


Canon HR10 is a DVD recordable high definition camcorder. It already comes with a shooting program, i.e., sunset, beach, spotlight, portrait mode, sports mode, snow, fireworks, etc. Among its main features are 2.96 megapixel camcorder sensor...

Sep, 2008

Expert review by : Andrew Gould (

Canon HR10


Canon���s third HD outing, the HR10 records on DVDs.

Very good recording quality, proper HDMI connector

DVD recording offers too little space.

Jun, 2008

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Canon - HR10 camcorder


Choice, as every shopper recognizes, is both a godsend and a nightmare. It's great to be able to compare lots of versions of the same basic product, but almost impossible to weigh up all the pros ...

While Canon has done its best to make the HR10 compatible in quality with its big sisters in the HDD and MiniDVD domains (and mostly succeeded), it is ultimately hampered by the severe recording limitations of the DVD format.

Apr, 2008

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Canon HR10


The HR10 represents Canon's third dip into the waters of high-definition video; although it's still something of a departure from what has gone before from this photographic specialist.

Highly effective, Washing analogy works well, Versatile, No drivers required, Powerful, with good performance, Excellent warranty, Small footprint, Cheap, Well built and comfortable in use, Compact, Decent system spec, Strong battery life, Sturdily...

Resource-hungry, Quite bulky to lug around, Battery life could be better, No card reader, Underpowered, Dated design and aspect ratio, Bulky aerial, Disappointing battery life, Older CPU, Dated design, Requires two USB ports, Not overly portable,...

An impressive selection of features and a generally very good picture and sound performance make the £600 price tag something of a surprise.

Nov, 2007

Expert review by : Good Gear (

Expert Review


The Canon HR10 is a decent enough DVD camera, offering impressive high-def visuals at a relatively affordable price. However, there are several competing models on the market which offer a superior performance.

Good quality video, extensive range of manual options, HDMI capable

Mini-SD card slot prohibits recording options, viewfinder poorly placed, a bit on the chunky side

Aug, 2008

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Canon HR10 review: Canon HR10


Canon HR10

Nice video and decent photo quality; manual exposure controls; 24p support; full-size HDMI connector.

DVD initialization and finalizing operations are slow; relatively short battery life; can't charge while camcorder is powered on.

Though the Canon HR10 is a decent camcorder, there are better choices for the same money because format performance and compatibility issues make it hard to recommend a DVD-based AVCHD model.

Oct, 2007

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (

Canon HR10


Though the Canon HR10 is a decent camcorder, there are better choices for the same money because format performance and compatibility issues make it hard to recommend a DVD-based AVCHD model.

Nice video and decent photo quality ; Manual exposure controls ; 24p support ; Full-size HDMI connector

DVD initialisation and finalising operations are slow ; Relatively short battery life ; Can't charge while camcorder is powered on

If it weren't for the DVD/AVCHD double whammy, the HR10 might have more to recommend it. For now your best bet is to stick with one of Canon or Sony's tape-based HDV models, or at least avoid the DVD issue and opt for one of the hard-drive-based options.

Oct, 2007

Product Specifications

The superb image quality of HD with the convenience of straight-to-DVD recording. The stylish HR10 benefits from the Canon HD Camera System and advanced features that make moviemaking easy. Combine the power of 1080i HD moviemaking with the convenience of recording directly to 8cm DVDs (-R/-RW/-R DL): the HR10 makes it easy to create stunning HD movies at home. Over an hour of HD video can be stored on a single Dual Layer DVD. Canon's Full HD CMOS video chip is developed and manufactured exclusively for Canon camcorders. A 2.96 Megapixel sensor captures High Definition images, using advanced noise reduction technology to provide sharper, cleaner video. A Bayer placement RGB Primary Color Filter provides richer colors that are true-to-life. Canon's Instant AF is a hybrid focusing system that employs two sensors to achieve precise auto focusing at super fast speeds. Designed to reduce focusing errors and make shooting easier, Instant AF leaves you free to concentrate on capturing all of the action The HR10's 10x optical zoom lens - specially engineered for HD quality - gets you closer to the action. Canon's Super Range Optical Image Stabilizer (OIS) helps the camcorder compensate for camera shake across the frequency range. Canon's advanced DIGIC DV II processor is designed to handle the increased image data of HD: record superb images with vivid colors.


Audio Dubbing: No
Audio system:Dolby Digital 2.0

Audio Input



Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Battery technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Type:BP-214
Manufacturer Battery Name:Canon BP-214

Camcorder Features

High Definition Video Support:1080i
Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes
Widescreen Video Capture:Widescreen Video Capture


Image processor:DIGIC DV II
Minimum illumination:0.2
Photo effects:Sepia, Art, Fader, Black&White
Self-timer delay:10

Camera Flash

Type:Built-in flash


Colour of product:Silver
Product colour:Silver

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:miniSD Card

Dimensions & Weight



Built-in Display: Yes
Display diagonal:6.86
Display Resolution:211000
Display resolution (numeric):211000

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.7in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.9cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach / Fireworks / Night mode / Portrait mode / Snow / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset


Built-in Flash: Yes
Built-in light: Yes


Focus adjustment:Auto/Manual


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon

Image sensor

Effective megapixels (movie):155000
Optical sensor size:25.4 / 2.7
Sensor Type:CMOS
Total MegaPixels:2.96

Lens System

Digital Zoom:200
Filter Size:3.7
Focal length (35mm film equivalent):43.6 - 436
Focal length range (f-f):6.1 - 61
Image stabilizer: Yes
Lens Aperture:F/1.8-3.0
Max Focal Length:61mm
Min Focal Length:6.1mm
Optical Zoom:10
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Still Resolution:2.76Megapixel
Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:2.07Mpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:2.96Mpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/2.7"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):9.4 mm ( 1/2.7" ) / 9.4 mm ( 1/2.7 )
Optical Sensor Type:CMOS
Sensor Qty:1CMOS

Optical System

Built-in Optical Image Stabilizer:Built-in / Yes
Image Stabiliser:Optical

Other features

Art: Yes
Audio output:Y
Auto Focus: Yes
Expansion slots:miniSD
Manual Focus: Yes
Night mode: Yes
Photo mode: Yes
Resolution:1920 x 1080
Sports: Yes
Spotlight: Yes
Video Out:Y

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) out:1 / 3
Composite Video Out:1
DV port: No
Microphone in:No / Yes
PictBridge: Yes
S-Video In: No
S-Video Out: No
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1


Camera shutter speed:0.0005 - 0.5 / 1/2000

Still image

Continuous shooting mode: Yes
Histogram: Yes
Maximum image resolution:1920 x 1080
Still image resolution(s):1920 x 1080, 2048 x 1536, 1440 x 1080, 848 x 480, 640 x 480 / 640 x 480,1440 x 1080,1920 x 1080,2048 x 1536


Camcorder media type:Memory card, Optical disc
Compatible memory cards:miniSD
Disc types supported:DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVCHD
Digital Zoom:200
Faders:Black fader / Window wipe
Media Type:DVD-R (8cm) / DVD-R DL (8 cm) / DVD-RW (8 cm)
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Art / Black & White / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Soft / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG


Image Aspect Ratio (camcorders):16:9
Viewfinder Colour Support:Colour
Viewfinder resolution:123000
Viewfinder screen size:0.27
Viewfinder Type:LCD monitor

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:13.3 / 9.3
Height :13.3 / 9.3

White balance

White Balance:Auto, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Daylight, Tungsten