Sony Handycam HDR-CX130 (Black) comparison

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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $349 at 1 store $259 at 1 store $249 to $351 at 7 stores
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    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
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Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date March 15, 2011 January 07, 2010 March 15, 2011 January 02, 2014
The Bottom Line 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 Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video. 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.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/2.8
F/1.8-3.0
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Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
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Optical zoom 30 x
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32 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
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Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 350 x
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Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
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Weight 8.8 oz
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Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Electronic
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Focus free
Manual
Automatic
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