Panasonic HDC-SD40 comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Price $399 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $274 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 2.5 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date January 06, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 March 15, 2011 January 26, 2012
The Bottom Line Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can find, adjusting for the cost of memory for the SD40. 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 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. 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. They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the cheapest; nothing on any of these is really worth the extra bucks.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-2.6
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.2
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Memory stick Pro Duo
Optical zoom 16.8 x
30 x
26 x
10 x
25 x
Optical sensor type MOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 1200 x
350 x
320 x
200 x
30 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 6 oz
8.8 oz
6.3 oz
19.2 oz
5.9 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (POWER O.I.S.)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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