Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black) comparison

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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

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

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Price $579 at 1 store $349 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
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: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews
Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 10, 2010
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. Panasonic's quartet of entry-level HD camcorders--the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55, and SD60--delivers a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for their class. As long as you don't pay list price, the SD60 is a great value, and if possible, avoid paying the unnecessary price premium for the hard drive in the HS60.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.3
Flash type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 10 x
10 x
30 x
25 x
Optical sensor type CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
MOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 200 x
200 x
350 x
1500 x
Weight 12.3 oz
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
9 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (POWER O.I.S.)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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