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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX12

Sony Handycam HDR-CX12
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Price $949 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $1,999 at 1 store $1,999 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.9 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 5 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews 4.0 stars out of 8 reviews
Release date September 01, 2009 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2010 August 01, 2008
The Bottom Line The geotagging capability remains mostly a novelty, but the top-notch video quality of the Sony Handycam HDR-CX500V and HDR-CX520V make them worthy options. Because internal memory is overpriced, the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two, though you may want to opt for a 2010 model that supports SD cards rather than Sony's Memory Stick. 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. 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 Sony Handycam HDR-CX550V fares well compared with the competition, though its video could be a bit sharper and the interface less cumbersome. Unless you absolutely need to store a lot of video on the camcorder--which I don't suggest--or if have large hands that could benefit from the extra grip that the hard drive provides, the CX550V is a better deal than its hard-disk-based sibling. As the flash-memory-based equivalent of the HDR-SR11, the Sony Handycam HDR-CX12 serves up the same pleasing performance and quality as its hard-drive cousin.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.1
Flash type Built-in flash
Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 12 x
10 x
30 x
10 x
12 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
ClearVid CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 150 x
200 x
350 x
120 x
150 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Lithium ion
Weight 13 oz
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
15.5 oz
15.9 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Super Steady Shot)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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