We're still only in March and 2009 is already turning out to be a bumper year for camcorders - credit crunch be damned. Canon knew it had to pull out all the stops with the successor to last year's HF10 and HF11, and in terms of features and quality it has. We still prefer Panasonic's lens ring to Canon's wheel when focusing, and the HDC-HS300's use of a standard accessory shoe leaves your peripheral options open. But in other respects the LEGRIA HF S10 provides an even more mature set of controls. Our only concern, yet again, is the price. Camcorder costs have increased by around 20 per cent due to the weakness of the pound. But even taking that into consideration, the S10 is hugely expensive. So although it's another great camcorder, in the current economic climate its greatness is likely to reach fewer purchasers than it should.