Canon's HG10 disk cam blasts out Full HD

HD camcorders just keep getting better now that 'Full HD' 1080i is becoming the norm. Canon's new HG10 is no exception. It's upped the resolution on C

HD camcorders just keep getting better now that 'Full HD' 1080i is becoming the norm. Canon's new HG10 is no exception. It's upped the resolution on Canon's previous AVCHD cams from the standard 1440x1080 to a telly-pleasing 1920x1080.To capture it all there’s a 10x zoom lens feeding a generous 40GB hard drive. Stills performance is impressive with the ability to take 3MP shots or, like the new Blu-Ray Hitachis, nab 2MP snaps straight from footage already shot.Also on-board is Instant AF which promises the same stellar auto-focus performance we saw on the impressive HV20 and improved shake resistance thanks to new fangled OIS.Like the HV20 it also gets a proper hot shoe for hardcore video accessories like extra mics or video lights, but unlike the HV20 this one actually looks like something we'd be seen dead with.Could be an interesting battle with the tiny 'Full HD', AVCHD Panasonic SD5 when they both make it here later in the year.Essentials Canon HG10 Price: £TBA ($1300 in US) On sale: TBA (October in US) Contact: Canon Related stories: Hitachi doubles up on Blu-ray camcorders Panny's true HD cams shoot for Europe Reviewed: Canon HV20