Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 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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Price $689 at 1 store $239 at 1 store $1,403 at 1 store $248 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date April 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 March 15, 2011
The Bottom Line You're paying a couple hundred extra for the projector in the otherwise frills-free Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 over its identical twin, the CX160. But if you regularly show off your vacation videos in the homes of friends and family then it's worth it. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-3.0
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 30 x
30 x
10 x
26 x
10 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 350 x
350 x
200 x
320 x
200 x
Weight 10.9 oz
8.8 oz
19.2 oz
6.3 oz
12.3 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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