Canon Vixia HF M40 (Black) comparison

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Canon Vixia HF M40 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M40 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $1,249 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $619 at 1 store $416 at 1 store
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3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (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: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
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Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. 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. 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 - 3.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.0
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Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Internal flash memory
Optical zoom 10 x
10 x
30 x
10 x
32 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 200 x
200 x
350 x
200 x
1060 x
Weight 12.3 oz
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
12.3 oz
8.3 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Automatic
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