Canon HF G70 review: a compact camcorder for enthusiasts

The Canon HF G70 is a traditional video camera without the versatility of mirrorless

The Canon HF G70 being held by the reviewer, Lauren Scott
(Image: © Lauren Scott)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Canon HF G70 is a mid-range 4K camcorder that's priced for prosumers. It's a good solution if you want an all-in-one video camera with traditional handling, but it isn't perfect. The 20x optical zoom is average compared to rivals, although in real life, it feels like an impressive feat if you're used to changing lenses often. With a grab-and-go build and image stabilization, the HF G70 helps you capture a wide range of scenes handheld on the fly, up to a maximum of 4K UHD / 25P. Slow Motion recording options add versatility for sports and action, and while HD live streaming is another bonus, you can only do this via USB-C and a computer as there's no Wi-Fi connectivity. The HF G70 is a compact and versatile little camcorder, but it might struggle to compete with hybrid mirrorless cameras that cost just a fraction more.


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    Smooth 20x optical zoom

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    Simple run-and-gun usability

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    Dynamic image stabilization is good


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    No waterproofing

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    Limited to the integrated lens

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    Low-light capabilities not class-leading

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When I was young, before smartphones or mirrorless cameras were invented, camcorders were an essential way to record life's big events. I remember them coming out at weddings, christenings, parties, or when you (I) wanted to demonstrate my directing skills and make a home movie. For serious broadcasters, camcorders were and still are ideal for documentaries and news, as the convenience of an all-in-one device trumps having the best quality.

But to my mind, if you're a prosumer in 2023 – somewhere past a beginner but not quite a professional – having a camcorder feels like an outdated concept. After all, the best hybrid cameras can capture high-end video, the best phone for video recording will be good enough for social media, and the best cinema cameras are there for big-budget productions. 


The Sony FDR-AX43 is an affordable camcorder that matches the Canon HF G70 in many ways. Although the LCD is slightly smaller, you get the same 4K Ultra HD resolution recording, 5-axis image stabilization and a 20x optical zoom for around half the cost.

Fujifilm X-S20

The Fujifilm X-S20 is the ultimate hybrid if you want high-quality stills as well as video. It's a similar price (body-only) to the HF G70, but video quality is better at 6.2K/30p and you get the versatility of interchangeable lenses. You won’t get such a long zoom range without a pricy telephoto lens.

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Lauren Scott
Freelance contributor/former Managing Editor

Lauren is a writer, reviewer, and photographer with ten years of experience in the camera industry. She's the former Managing Editor of Digital Camera World, and previously served as Editor of Digital Photographer magazine, Technique editor for PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine, and Deputy Editor of our sister publication, Digital Camera Magazine. An experienced journalist and freelance photographer, Lauren also has bylines at Tech Radar,, Canon Europe, PCGamesN, T3, Stuff, and British Airways' in-flight magazine (among others). When she's not testing gear for DCW, she's probably in the kitchen testing yet another new curry recipe or walking in the Cotswolds with her Flat-coated Retriever.