Canon FS200 (Silver) comparison

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Canon FS200 (Silver)

Canon FS200 (Silver)
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Price $699 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $295 at 1 store $259 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 8 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews
Release date February 01, 2009 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 January 07, 2010
The Bottom Line Though its video isn't perfect, the Canon FS200 is one of the better standard-definition consumer camcorders available. Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card. While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers. The only thing the Sony Handycam HDR-CX220 seems to have going for it is the low price, but "you get what you pay for" has never rung truer. The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/2.0-5.2
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.9-4.0
F/2.8
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 37 x
30 x
10 x
26 x
Info unavailable
Optical sensor type CCD
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
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Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 2000 x
350 x
200 x
320 x
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Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 7.9 oz
8.8 oz
19.2 oz
6.3 oz
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Image stabilizer Electronic
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic
Manual focus Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Focus free
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