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SD™ memory card camcorder (Garnet Wine)

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by Tara W.
Canon

Shoot videos for posterity — or posting online

From birthday parties to YouTube™ antics, camcorders let you capture moments you can share with friends and family, or the world at large. Most newer camcorders save your videos to built-in digital memory or a removable memory card. Some models come with a built-in hard disk drive that gives you much more storage. For maximum portability, check out our smaller cams that fit into a pocket or purse. For high-def videos that look awesome on your HDTV, go for a slightly larger model with a better lens and image sensor.

Canon's compact FS100 records high-quality video to SD™ memory cards. This camcorder's small, lightweight size makes it perfect for taking with you wherever you go — whether you're on a fast-paced vacation or a night out on the town with friends.

Easy-to-use controls and helpful extras
The FS100's versatile features help you get just the right shot. A powerful 37X optical zoom lens gives you a clear view of distant subjects. The advanced image processor provides accurate color reproduction, so you get vibrant, realistic videos. Image stabilization minimizes blurred footage that can result from a shaky hand. For more professional-looking footage, use the selectable level and grid markers on the LCD to frame your subject and keep your shot even with the horizon.

Capture cinematic widescreen images
Canon's 16:9 recording mode produces crisp, detailed, wide-format home movies — great for folks who have a widescreen TV and want their videos to fit perfectly. Compose your shots on the FS100's 2-11/16" widescreen LCD. You can connect this camcorder directly to a TV via its audio/video outputs, or use the included USB cable to transfer your footage to a computer. Use Canon's included software to copy and edit your footage — it even lets you create web-friendly videos for uploading to video-sharing websites.

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Highlights:

  • records high-quality MPEG-2 video to SD™ and SDHC™ memory cards
  • one 8GB SDHC card (not included) holds approximately
    • 1 hour 50 minutes at XP setting
    • 2 hours 45 minutes at SP setting
    • 5 hours 10 minutes at LP setting
  • 1.07-megapixel image sensor (710,000 effective pixels in 16:9)
  • DIGIC DV II processing for accurate color reproduction
  • digital photo mode with top JPEG resolution of 1152 x 864
  • Dolby® Digital 2-channel audio
  • 2-11/16" widescreen LCD
  • variable-speed 37X Canon optical zoom lens (advanced zoom to 55X, digital zoom to 2000X)
  • electronic image stabilization
  • night mode
  • Quick Start stand-by mode
  • Smooth Zoom Control
  • selectable level and grid markers on the LCD
  • 16:9 widescreen mode for video and digital photos
  • auto and manual focus
  • scene shooting modes, including Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, and Fireworks
  • built-in video light
  • microphone input
  • high-speed USB port
  • audio/video output for connection to a TV
  • 2-3/16"W x 2-3/8"H x 4-7/8"D
  • weight: 9.2 oz. without battery
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • AC adapter/charger
  • rechargeable lithium battery (BP-808)
  • wireless remote
  • audio/video and USB cables
  • Pixela ImageMixer™ disc for transferring, copying, and editing videos on a PC

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Features and Specs
General
LCD Screen Size (inches)
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2.7
Viewfinder
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None
Total Pixel Count
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1,070,000
Effective Pixel Count for Video
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710,000
High-Definition
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No
Aspect Ratio
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4:3, 16:9
Manual Focusing
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Yes
Filter Diameter
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N/A
Optical Zoom
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37 x
Digital Zoom
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55 x
Night Imaging
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Night mode
Image Stabilization
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Digital
Built-in Video Light
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Yes
Built-in Memory
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None
Max Recording Time w/ Included Battery
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190
Digital Still Camera Features
Effective Pixel Count for Stills
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Built-in Photo Flash
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No
Still Image Aspect Ratios
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4:3, 16:9
Inputs and Outputs
USB Port
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USB 2.0 High Speed
HDMI Output
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Mic Input
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Yes
Dimensions
Weight With Battery (ounces)
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10.8
Width (inches)
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2-3/16
Height (inches)
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2-3/8
Depth (inches)
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4-7/8
Warranty
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Image Sensor Warranty
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What's in the box?

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  • Garnet Wine colored SD-card flash memory digital camcorder with attached hand strap
  • BP-808 Li-Ion battery (7.4/890mAh)
  • CA-590 Power adapter (100V-240V-50/60Hz) with attached 5.75' cord with proprietary end for camcorder
  • WL-D88 Wireless remote control w/ CR2025 battery
  • 59" Composite stereo Audio/Video cable with 3.5mm mini-jack plug on other end
  • 47" USB cable with USB mini-connector on one end and standard size USB connector on other end
  • Wrist strap
  • ImageMixer 3SE CD-ROM
  • Digital Video Solution Disk
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Limited Warranty card
  • Installation guide for Digital Video software (English/French/Spanish)
  • ImageMixer 3SE Installation Guide ( English/French/Spanish)
  • "Genuine Canon Accessories" sheet
  • "Stop" software reminder sheet

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General Features
Video Camcorder Features
Digital Still Camera Features
Battery Information
Inputs And Outputs
Software Requirements

General Features

2.7" Widescreen LCD Screen: The FS100 features a 2.7" TFT, color widescreen LCD screen (123,000 pixels) to make it easy to compose and review your shots. The bright screen lets you see exactly what your camcorder is recording, and what your widescreen TV will display later. You can rotate the LCD screen 90-degrees downward and 180-degrees toward the lens allowing the subject to monitor the LCD screen. The LCD screen also an adjustable brightness control. The LCD Screen's frame contains zoom, playback and menu controls for added convenience.

Note: This camcorder does not feature a separate viewfinder.

Flash Memory: The Canon FS100 camcorder captures video and still-image footage onto an optional SD or SDHC media card (sold separately). SD and SDHC memory cards offer quick response time for recording and playback. By recording onto flash memory cards, the camcorders power consumption rate is reduced, allowing the battery to last longer. In addition, by using flash memory cards, the camcorder is more shock resistant and is less likely to loose data because there are no moving parts. A Class 2 or higher SD (64MB-2GB)/SDHC (4GB-32GB) card is recommended. Movie recordings require cards with 128 MB of memory or more.

Image Sensor: The FS100 features a 1/6" (3mm) CCD imager with 1,070,000 gross pixels. The 410,000 to 710,000 effective video pixels in 16:9 mode and 310,000 to 690,000 pixels in 4:3 mode provide excellent detail and clarity for exceptional digital video. The 800,000 effective still megapixels in a 4:3 aspect ratio and 600,000 effective still megapixels in a 16:9 aspect ratio provide exceptional digital still photography performance The zoom setting effects the effective pixel count in 16:9 and 4:3 mode.

  • 16:9 Movie Mode:
    • Advanced Zoom: 410,000 (telephoto) and 710,000 (wide-angle)
    • Optical/Digital Zoom: 550,000
  • 4:3 Movie Mode:
    • Advanced Zoom: 310,000 (telephoto) and 690,000 (wide-angle)
    • Optical/Digital Zoom: 690,000
  • Still Images (4:3): 800,000
  • Still Images (16:9): 600,000

Digic DV II: DIGIC DV II ensures optimal video image quality. It also ensures optimal image quality for still images, even though video and still images have different color requirements. The DIGIC DV ll image processing produces video with improved color reproduction; especially in skin tones, and dark and light scenes. It also uses a hybrid noise reduction system that employs two types of noise reduction for high definition images that are crystal clear. Plus, DIGIC DV ll features improved continuous shooting of digital photographs with the FS100. You can shoot five 1152 x 648 still images per second, and enjoy faster processing of your images to your memory card. It also helps lower power consumption for longer battery life.

Genuine Canon Video Lens: The FS100 comes with a Genuine Canon video lens with a 37x Optical zoom and 2000x total digital zoom. The camcorder offer three types of zoom - Optical, Advanced and Digital zoom.

  • 37x Optical Zoom: The zoom range is limited to the optical magnification ratio of the lens which is 37x.
  • 48x/55x Advanced Zoom: In addition to the optical zoom range, the camcorder processes the image digitally to obtain a larger zoom range without any deterioration in image quality. 48x Advanced Zoom is used for 16:9 aspect ratio images, while 55x Advanced Zoom is used for 4:3 aspect ratio images.
  • 2000x Digital Zoom: When this option is selected, the camcorder will switch to digital zoom. With digital zoom the image is processed digitally so image quality will deteriorated the more you zoom in.

Note: The zoom speed can be set to variable or one of three fixed speeds. In the variable position, the zoom speed depends on how far you push the lever. The purpose of the three fixed zoom speeds is a smoother zoom transition, at your choice of speeds.

Image Stabilizer: A high quality electronic image stabilization system corrects camera shake instantly, giving you smooth, stable pictures. It enables you to record shake-free images, even on long telephoto shots without a tripod.

16:9 High Resolution: This Canon FS100 uses the entire width of its image sensor to record video in true 16:9 format. By capturing more pixels, you get better image quality. If you generally play your camcorder footage on a widescreen TV, use the WideScreen mode to record video in the 16:9 aspect ratio. The full width of the CCD imager is used to capture video in true 16:9 format. When playing widescreen footage with the camcorder output set for a 4:3 screen you'll have the letterbox black bars on the top and bottom of the screen.

Focus Modes: The Canon FS100 features a Manual, Auto and Infinity Focus modes.

  • Manual Focus: With manual focus, you can manually adjust the focus of the camcorder using the touch panel. Manual focusing also allows you to control the focus in difficult situations where either the environment or the subject does not allow the camcorder's auto focus to perform optimally, such as when shooting through a window or in a crowded environment.
  • Auto Focus: Auto Intelligent Auto Focus ensures sharp images and gives creative flexibility. Even when your subject isn't in the center of the frame, the FS100's 9 Point AiAF will bring it into sharp focus.
  • Infinity Focus: Use this function when you wish to focus on faraway subject such as mountains or fireworks.

Exposure Mode: The Canon FS100 allows you to select from the following exposure modes.

  • Manual Exposure Adjustment: At times, backlit subjects may appear too dark (underexposed) or subjects under very strong lights may appear too bright or glaring (overexposed). To correct this, you can manually adjust the exposure from neutral (±0) to +11 or -11.
  • Easy Recording: Camcorder will adjust focus, exposure and other settings, leaving you free to point and shoot
  • Program AE: the camcorder automatically adjust the aperture and shutter speed to obtain the optimal exposure for the subject
  • Shutter-Priority AE: the camcorder automatically sets the appropriate aperture value while you set the shutter speed
    • Video Mode: 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, 1/500, 1/1000, and 1/2000
    • Photo Mode: 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/15, 1/30, 1/60, 1/100, 1/250, and 1/500
  • Special Scene Recording Modes: The FS100 features the following Preset Scene Recording Modes to match special conditions.
    • Portrait: camcorder uses a large aperture, achieving a focus on the subject while blurring other distracting details
    • Sports: use this mode to record sports scenes or fast moving events
    • Night: use this mode to record in low-light conditions
    • Snow: use this mode to record in bright ski resorts, it prevents the subject from being underexposed
    • Beach: use this mode to record on a sunny beach, it prevent the subject from being underexposed
    • Sunset: use this mode to record sunsets in vibrant colors
    • Spotlight: use this mode to record spotlight scenes
    • Fireworks: use this mode to record fireworks

Auto Backlight Correction: With this feature turned on, you can have the camcorder automatically correct for the backlight with the press of a single button when shooting subject with a strong light source behind them.

Auto Slow Shutter: In this mode, the camcorder automatically uses slow shutter speeds to obtain brighter recordings in places with insufficient lighting.

White Balance: The camcorder's auto white balance system compensates for a wide range of lighting conditions. Additionally the white balance can be set manually or using one of the two preset modes, Daylight (recording outdoors on a bright day) or Tungsten (recording under tungsten and tungsten type 3-wavelength fluorescent lighting).

Image Effects: The FS100 allows you to record with the following saturation and contrast color effects:

  • Vivid: emphasizes the contrast and color saturation to record in crisp colors
  • Neutral: tones down the contrast and color saturation to record in neutral hues
  • Soft Skin Detail: softens the details in the skin tone area for a more complimentary appearance

Mini Video Light: You can turn on the camcorder's built-in mini video light to shot video or take photos in dark places.

Self-Timer: This feature allows the camcorder to start recording after a 10-second or 2-second (using wireless remote) countdown.

Level And Grid Markers: Capturing level, well-composed shots is simple with the FS100. Line up the horizon or other horizontal lines with the Level Marker in the viewfinder for level landscapes. Or, use the Grid Marker to help compose the perfect shot. Both markers can be set to white or grey for enhanced visibility, no matter what the background.

Menu Languages: You can set the menu language to English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Chinese, or Japanese.

Wireless Remote Control: The wireless remote control lets you operate your FS100 from a distance, so you won't be left out of the picture. It is also very useful for playback of your video and helpful when you have the camcorder stationed on a tri-pod.

Video Camcorder Features

Compatible Media: The FS100 captures MPEG-2 video with 2ch Dolby Digital audio onto a SD or SDHC memory card (sold separately). The camcorder supports SD cards up to 2GB and SDHC memory cards up to 32GB. A 128MB or larger SD-card is required for recording video content.

Recording Modes: The camcorder offers three video recording modes. Changing the recording mode will change the recording time available on the memory card. Select the XP mode for better movie quality, SP mode for standard quality, and LP mode for longer recording times. You can capture the following video recording times using these modes.

Memory Card/Recording Mode XP SP LP
1 GB 10 min. 20 min. 35 min.
2 GB 25 min. 55 min. 1 hr. 15 min.
4 GB 55 min 1 hr. 20 min. 2 hr. 35 min.

Note: When recording exceeds 4GB, it will be divided and saved as scenes smaller than 4GB.

Faders: You can select one of the following faders:

  • Fade Trigger: When you start recording, the scene gradually fades in from a black screen. When you stop recording, it gradually fades out.
  • Wipe: When you start recording, the picture begins as a thin vertical line in the center of the screen which gradually expands sideways until it fills the whole of the screen. When you end a scene, the image is wiped from both sides of the screen.

Wind Screen: The camcorder automatically reduces the background sound of wind when recording outdoors when Wind Screen is turned "On".

Built-in Speaker: The camcorder has a built-in speaker so you can review the sound track alongside the picture when you're using the LCD screen to play back a tape. The built-in speaker is monaural.

Playback Modes: The camera uses the following special playback modes - Fast Playback, Reverse Playback, Frame-by-Frame Playback, Slow Playback and Scene Skip. During these playback modes there is no sound.

Date Search: You can locate video on the inserted SD memory card by searching changes in the date and time.

Movie Timeline: You can display a timeline of the scene and select where to begin the playback. This is very convenient when you want to play back a long scene from a specific point.

Playlists: You can create a playlist to play back only the scenes you prefer and in the order of your choice. Moving or deleting scenes in the playlist will not affect the original recordings.

Digital Still Camera Features

Still Image Recording: The SD/SDHC camcorder is also a high performance digital camera capable of capturing stunning 4:3 or 16:9 JPEG still images on an SD or SDHC Memory Card (sold separately). You can record in the following still image sizes - L: 1152 x 648 (4:3), LW: 1152 x 648(16:9), or S: 640 x 480 (4:3).

Number of still images that can be recorded on a memory card:

Image Size Image Quality Number of Images
128MB SD Card 512MB
SD Card
1GB SD Card
LW 1152 x 648 Super Fine 245 970 1945
Fine 360 1435 2875
Normal 695 2740 5490
L 1152 x 864 Super Fine 185 735 1470
Fine> 280 1115 2235
Normal 545 2155 4315
S 640 x 480 Super Fine 585 2320 4645
Fine 850 3350 6710
Normal 1530 6035 12085

Automatic Focus Priority: When the focus priority is activated, the camcorder records a still image only after the focus has been adjusted automatically. You select from the following Auto-Focus Priority modes.

  • AiAF: depending on the shooting conditions, one or more AF frames out of the nine frames available are automatically selected and the focus is fixed on them
  • Center: a single focusing frame appears in the center of the screen and the focus is automatically fixed on it; this is convenient for making sure the focus is exactly where you want it
  • Off: select this option if you wish to record a still image as soon as you press Record without Auto-Focus

The Drive Mode: This feature allows you to choose between Single or Continuous Shooting and Exposure Bracketing. You can catch every instant of a moving object with continuous shooting or use the exposure bracketing to record the same picture in 3 levels of exposure in order to choose the picture you like best. You can choose from the following options.

  • Single: records a single still image
  • Continuous Shooting: records up to 10 or 20 image at 3 images per second
  • Hi-Speed Continuous Shooting: records up to 10 or 20 images at 5 images per second
  • Auto Exposure Bracketing: records a still image in 3 different exposures (dark, normal, light in 1/2 EV steps), allowing you to choose the shot you like best

Digital Effects: You can select from the following effects:

  • Black and White: makes the image black and white
  • Sepia: makes a monochrome image with a brownish tint
  • Art: adds a paint-like effect, called solarization, to the image

Histogram Display: The FS100 comes with a Histogram Display. The display allows you to see the brightness information of your still images, so you can adjust your exposures as you shoot.

Review: You can select the time to display a still image after it has been recorded to Off, 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 6 seconds, 8 seconds or 10 seconds.

Viewing Still Images: There are 3 ways to view still images: Single image, Slide show (one after the other automatically in order of recording), or Index screen showing six images at once.

Magnify Playback: During playback still images can be magnified up to 5 times. You can also select the area of the screen to be magnified.

Image Jump: You can jump ahead to a specific image without having to browse all images one by one. You can jump ahead 10 or 100 images.

Protect Sill Images: You can protect sill images from accidental erasure.

Print and Share Button: Print & Share allows you to simply connect your camcorder directly to select Canon printers or any PictBridge-compatible printer with the supplied USB cable. Then, with a simple touch of the Print & Share button, print directly from your FS100 without going through a computer. Print & Share also makes it easy to transfer your still images to your computer. Simply connect your FS100 and your computer, press the Print & Share button and your photos are downloaded to your computer.

PictBridge Printing Capability: PictBridge is a standard that allows you to connect a PictBridge compliant camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.

Exif Print (Exif 2.2): The Canon FS100 conforms to "Exif Print", a worldwide standard. Vital camera settings (such as: exposure mode, white balance, exposure time) and scene data are recorded to the image file when it is captured. Printers compatible with "Exif Print" are able to use this information to produce high quality photographs, exactly the way they were intended at the time of capture. This intelligent communication process also allows the printer to correct for poor lighting or mistakes, resulting in photos which can be even better than the originals.

DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on a Canon Direct Print function compliant printer or printing at participating photo labs. You can set print orders for up to 998 still images.

Battery Information

Li-ion Battery Pack: The Canon FS100 comes supplied with a rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery Pack (BP-808). The camcorder also comes supplied with an AC power adapter and charger (CA-590). The battery recording and playback times (in minutes) are as follows:

Camera Recording/Play Modes Battery Pack
BP-808 (supplied)
XP Maximum Time 185
Typical Recording Time 95
Playback time 275
SP Maximum Recording Time 190
Typical Recording Time 95
Playback Time 280
LP
Maximum Recording Time 190
Typical Recording Time 95
Playback Time 280

Note: The supplied BP-808 battery pack requires 195 minutes to fully charge using the supplied AC/Battery charger.

Auto Power Off: After 5 minutes without any operation when powered by the battery, the camcorder automatically powers off. Approximately 30 seconds before the camcorder automatically turns itself off, a warning message appears in the display.

Quick Start: When you press the Quick Start button on the side of the camcorder, the camcorder powers up and gets ready to record within approximately 1 second. The Quick Start function helps prevent you from missing out on fleeting opportunities to take a video or picture.

Inputs And Outputs

AV Output: The camcorder features an AV output to playback audio and video on your television using the supplied composite video/stereo audio RCA cable. You can select between a 4:3 aspect ratio or a 16:9 aspect ratio for the video out based on your television's aspect ratio.

USB 2.0 Connection: The camcorder features a USB 2.0 full speed terminal for fast transfer of photos.

SD-Card Slot: The FS100 records still images and video onto SD and SDHC memory cards.

Microphone Input: In addition to the camcorder's built-in microphone, the FS100 features a 3.5mm microphone input for connecting an external microphone (sold separately).

Software Requirements

Included Still Imaging Software: The Canon FS100 camcorder comes supplied with two CD-ROM application discs - Digital Video Solution Disk Ver. 30.0 (for still images) and Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Ver.2.0 (for video).

The Pixela ImageMixer 3SE Ver. 2.0 contains the following functions (Windows Only):

  • Transfer Movies: Transfer the movies recorded from the camcorder to the you computer. On the computer you can organize and quickly search your video library, rate your favorite videos and use the albums created automatically (by recording date) or create albums of your own.
  • Playback Video: After transferring your movies from the camcorder, play them back directly from your computer.
  • Edit Movies: Trim out your movies to keep only most interesting scenes. Rearrange them as you wish and add transition effects, subtitles or background music to your preference.
  • Create Discs: Create backup discs from your video files. Create DVD-Video discs that you can share with friends and family. You can also create original menus for your discs.
  • Write To Computer: Transfer your movies from the computer back to the camcorder, even after editing them to your liking.

The Digital Video Solution Disk Ver. 30.0 contains the following applications (Windows/Macintosh):

  • CameraWindow (Windows & Macintosh): Allows you to:
    • Download still images recorded on the disc or memory card
    • Print still images recorded on the disc or memory card without downloading them to the computer
    • Enter an owner name to the camcorder
  • Zoom Browser EX 6.0 (Windows): Allows you to:
    • View and organize downloaded still images
    • Edit downloaded still images: Red-eye collection, color & brightness, sharpness, trimming and inserting texts on images
    • Print still images and contact sheets
    • Add sound to still images
  • ImageBrowser 6.0 (Macintosh): Allows you to:
    • View and organize downloaded still images
    • Edit downloaded still images: Red-eye collection, color & brightness, sharpness, trimming and inserting texts on images
    • Print still images and contact sheets
    • Add sound to still images

Windows System Requirements:

  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista
  • CPU: Windows XP SP2 - Intel Pentium 4, 1.49GHz or Intel Celeron 1.7GHz; Windows Vista - Intel Pentium 4, 2.4GHz or Intel Celeron D, 30.0GHz
  • RAM: 512 MB
  • Hard Disk Space: 300 MB (Installation), 10 GB (DVD writer)
  • Display: 1280 x 1024 resolution, 32-bit color
  • Sound: Sound card compatible with DirectSound
  • DVD Drive: Preinstalled DVD drive with writing capabilities
  • Others: Preinstalled USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed USB) port, System that can run DirectX 9.0c, and Internet connection (during installation)

Macintosh System Requirements:

  • OS: Mac OS X (10.3/10.4)
  • Computer Model: Computers that came with above OS preinstalled
  • CPU: PowerPC G3/G4/G5 or Intel Processor
  • RAM: 256 MB or more
  • Interface: Built-in USB ports
  • Free Hard Disk Space:
    • Canon Utilities/ImageBrowser: 300 MB or more
  • Display: 1,024 x 768 pixels/32,000 colors or better
 
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4 out of 5

Great Camera for Price

Written By Brock, Chicago, IL on Friday, January 16, 2009
 
This camera is super small and probably the easiest thing i have ever operated. Very cut and dry instructions and great features. No dvds or tapes to bother with. I would recommend this camera to anyone. The only disadvantage is no internal memory but that is easily solved by getting either more memory cards or the next model up of this camera.
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4 out of 5

Great Value!

Written By Ohannes, New Jersey on Tuesday, October 28, 2008
 
I was looking for a camera to mount to my harness bar in my car for track sessions. I wanted something with good exposure, anti-shake and recording speed adjustments/settings. Once I decided not to go the HD route, there were really only a couple cameras that were worthy competitors in this segment, one of them being the FS100. After speaking with the well-informed Crutchfield rep, I decided to purchase one. This is a GREAT camcorder right out of the box!! The menus are easy to use, and I needed NO "trial and error", it worked perfectly the first time out! The software takes a little learning, but the videos download easily and playback/storing are simple. I definitely recommend this to any novice/intermediate camcorder consumer looking for a first or replacement unit. Even the still pictures are pretty good for "in case you need them" images.
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5 out of 5

Excellent!!!!!!!!!!

Written By Bruce, Westfield, MA on Saturday, October 11, 2008
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I have owned the Canon FS100 for a few weeks now and I am amazed how great this compact, lightweight camcorder is. The ease of use is #1 - I pretty much used it right out of the box. The menus are very easy to go through and set up is easy. Playback is a snap.
Fully digital is soooo much better than tape or DVD. Just take the memory card out of the camera put it into your computer or purchase a USB card reader and transfer the files into your computer. Couldn't be easier. The movie images are great in n 16:9 ratio for a non-HD camcorder.
I did purchase a larger memory card (16GB), so I can use the free 4GB card as a back up.
I have created three movies so far without the included software, which I read is not so good. The movies have turned out great!
If you are looking for an inexpensive, lightweight good quality camcorder hit the " Add to Cart " button now!
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4 out of 5

GREAT CAMERA

Written By Mrs R, Chesapeake Virginia on Thursday, October 02, 2008
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This camera was a great deal and has many features I probably haven't even discovered yet. I basically just use it on the "easy" mode to get the automatic settings that are perfect every time. I like the photo feature as well to take still shots.
My only difficulty with this camera was with the software it comes with to convert the flash memory to your computer to put on DVD. It was not as easy as using the camera is, however it is very important as all video needs to be backed up on a DVD. My time was spent figuring out that software.
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4 out of 5

OK

Written By jeff, Saint Louis, MO on Monday, September 29, 2008
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The camera is very small and light. It is simple to setup, requiring no manual review to use the most basic functions.
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4 out of 5

Great Camera for the Money

Written By Brett, Jupiter, FL on Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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This has been a great starter camera for me. It's small, easy to use for both recording and playback, and has great battery life. Not to mention it looks like a high price camera and definitely is not.

My only complaint is that at times low light footage has been a little grainy. Also, don't expect to get HD video quality, even though I knew I was not buying an HD camera, I have been spoiled with technology and was a little disappointed at the video quality on a large HD tv.

All around it's a great camera for the price and as usual you can trust Canon to give you a quality product.
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5 out of 5

Great Canon Camcorder

Written By Anonymous, Luis Humacao, PR on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
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Amazing pictures, great quality resolution, excellent compact design, state of the art!!!!!
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4 out of 5

Canonability

Written By Paquitin, Guaynabo, PR on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
 
Good quality picture and ease to manage. Excellent features for the price.
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