Sony Handycam HDR-CX100 (Silver) comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX100 (Black)

Sony Handycam HDR-CX100 (Black)
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Price $349 at 1 store $239 at 1 store $248 at 1 store $1,403 at 1 store $475 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.4 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 3.0 stars out of 6 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.0 stars out of 11 reviews
Release date March 15, 2009 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2009
The Bottom Line You can tell where Sony cut corners on this compact, flash-based HD camcorder. While it's decent, there are better options for the money than the Sony Handycam HDR-CX100. 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. 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. 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. You can tell where Sony cut corners on this compact, flash-based HD camcorder. While it's decent, there are better options for the money than the Sony Handycam HDR-CX100.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-2.2
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-2.2
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 10 x
30 x
26 x
10 x
10 x
Optical sensor type Exmor CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
ClearVid CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 120 x
350 x
320 x
200 x
120 x
Image stabilizer Info unavailable Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot)
Weight 9.9 oz
8.8 oz
6.3 oz
19.2 oz
Info unavailable
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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