Canon's new Vixia range is a completely flash-based line-up of HD cams with no recourse to tapes, discs or hard drives. Instead, the top-of-the-range HF10 (pictured) slots in a 16GB flash drive – good for six hours of hi-def.
It shoots 1080i at 'Full HD' (1920x1080 res) and can be topped up by memory card. The cheaper HF100 loses the flash drive to shoot to memory card only.
The advantage of flash is the start-up time – under three seconds from pressing 'on' to starting filming – and the fact that it's less likely to catastrophically fail, unlike traditional hard discs with their spinning platters and delicate drive heads.
Other specs include a more generous than usual 12x optical zoom, Canon's trusty DIGIC DV II image processor and optical image stabilisation to keep things steady.
Expect them here some time before the summer – just in time for your hols.
Canon Vixia HF10, HF100
Price: £TBA ($900, $1100 in US)
On sale: TBA (April in US)