Look Ma, it’s HD!

As I mentioned earlier this week, I got a new video camera. The Canon Vixia HF 100 no less that shoots in full HD and takes 3.1MP photos.

I put up a short test earlier this week shooting in SP mode (I think). Why not HD? That’s a very interesting story. You see, to record in HD with the HF 100, you need to have SDHC memory cards running at Class 4 or faster. It doesn’t really say that in the users manual, and not knowing shit about digital video (for the most part), I picked up a class 2 from Staples (I had a coupon, back off).

I wasn’t pleased when I tried to select FXP mode (full HD) and the screen flashed **wrong memory dipshit. Next time try RTFM**. It did say please in there too I think.

To make this story a little longer, Transcend 8 GB SDHC SD Class 6 Flash Memory Card TS8GSDHC6E [Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging] were procured from Amazon. Great price and _frustration-free packaging_ which is my new favorite thing.

Lets have a look at that HD footage now

(click through for the HD version)

That didn’t turn out too bad I don’t think. Definitely could have been better. That was shot in P mode at 60i. I’m going to play around with the frame rate a bit as I’m hearing and seeing great results at 24.

And it takes photos. Here are a few I snapped.

My MINIGrill & Sage

(click through for full resolution).

iMovie ’09 imports from this camera just fine, even the HD content. iPhoto ’09 grabs the photos (and deletes them if desired) as it should as well. In fact, these images were taken directly off the camera by iPhoto and uploaded to Flickr. No processing at all.

I don’t really have any thoughts about this device yet (other than getting HD content to the web, which will be another post), but should have better feeling for it in another day or two after I play with it some more.

If you have any questions about it, feel free to leave them below.

By Don

Lead bottle washer at donburnside.com, host at whiteroofradio.com and tech guru for the MotoringFile family of sites.


  1. I’ll be looking forward to your research on getting HD content to the web. Huge file sizes aside (since I don’t have FIOS) it looks like it might take paying someone for the service, or self hosting (my site5 plan is unlimited everything so wouldn’t be a problem maybe).

  2. Vimeo does ok. I’m actually trying YouTube right now. They do have a 1gb file size limit which is about 2 minutes at full resolution. I’ll keep playing with it and letting you know.

    1. That’s a great question Ian, to which I do not have the answer. I will check the OM for that and let you know. I have a feeling that it doesn’t.

  3. I have checked. The only recording is done thru the lens. It has external Mic input tho, but everything else is output.

    Be sure to follow the dbmini link above to see another HD sample.

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