Canon Vixia HF M30 comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Price $875 at 1 store $1,403 at 1 store $868 at 1 store $239 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 10 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews
Release date March 25, 2010 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 01, 2008 March 15, 2011
The Bottom Line At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use and the battery life painfully short. Plus, you really need to bump up to the highest bit rate quality. Of the series, the HF M300 is the best deal. 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. A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues. 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.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.2
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.4
Flash type Built-in flash
Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Info unavailable
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Flash card
Optical zoom 15 x
10 x
10 x
10 x
30 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
CMOS
CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 300 x
200 x
200 x
200 x
350 x
Battery technology Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 11.3 oz
19.2 oz
12.3 oz
1.2 lbs
8.8 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Manual focus Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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