Incorporating a proven technology in Canon’s professional level camcorders, HD CMOS Pro is a 1/3” native 1920x1080 image sensor which delivers outstanding video resolution, superb low-light performance and a wide dynamic range. Unlike image sensors found in competitive consumer camcorders, HD CMOS Pro uses fewer pixels, which are significantly larger (61%)* and more sensitive, resulting in optimized video performance.
Outstanding Video Resolution (800 Vertical and 900 Horizontal TV Lines)
Since the effective number of pixels of HD CMOS Pro is equal to 1920 x 1080, resizing is eliminated, allowing Full HD video to be captured and recorded with professional precision.
Superb Low-Light Performance (1.5 lux)**
Because each individual pixel is larger and more sensitive, each is capable of capturing more light, allowing high quality video to be achieved even in dimly lit conditions. The sensitivity of HD CMOS Pro is approximately 25% better than the Full HD CMOS sensor in the 2010 VIXIA HF S-series.
Wide Dynamic Range
A larger pixel area also allows more light to be stored, resulting in 280% improvement in dynamic range for exceptional reproduction of both highlights and shadows.*** Skin tones are captured in a finer gradation, and stable gamma and Auto Exposure control are also achieved resulting in a more ‘lifelike’ image.
* This is compared to the pixel size of Canon’s 2010 VIXIA camcorders of 1.7µm. The current HD CMOS Pro pixel size is now 2.75 µm, reflecting a 61.76% increase in size.
**Rating measured with auto shutter speed of 1/30 second.
*** This statistic is the result of comparisons with Canon’s HD CMOS Pro, versus Canon’s 2010 VIXIA HF S-series camcorders.
Two years of use
I bought this primarily to get High Def shots of Christmas Lights since I do an animated display. Christmas Lights are tough on the Dynamic Range of any camera. If I go to Manual, set the focus to manual and set the exposure to -1.75 or -2.0 then I can get better than average shots.
Now, the format. Saves in AVCHD. I've heard that editing on a Mac is difficult - wouldn't know, but editing in Adobe Premiere Elements 12 is a snap and also in Adobe Premiere CS6 (wasn't in CS5).
January 25, 2014
good camera but dont buy
Great Camera but bundled software from Pixela is terrible. I would not recommend this product because of the bundled software.
January 27, 2013
Outstanding product for a fair price
I have owned this camera since Oct. 2011. I bought it in Tokyo at a shop in Akihabara at the Yodobashi camera store. This detail is important because it guarantees that this is a genuine Canon camera and that it was made in Japan. Being made in Japan is important because only the top quality Canon products are actually manufactured in Japan. Thus, if you do buy one, at least make sure that it is "MADE IN JAPAN".
That being said, I have nothing but good things to say about this camera. As another reviewer put it, the camera is outstanding in low light conditions to the point that it matches or exceed the quality of significantly more expensive professional-level cameras. However, one of the most notable features of this camera is the "Optical" image stabilization. The key element of optical stabilization is that any shaking of the camera is corrected by moving the lens (or sensor) before the sensor converts the image into digital information. In this manner, the resultant image is incredibly steady and clear.
March 25, 2012
Rich set of features yet simple to use. Fantastic Camcorder!
December 11, 2011