Panasonic HDC-HS80 comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $449 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $899 at 1 store $579 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 01, 2008 March 15, 2011
The Bottom Line A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price. 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. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues. 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/1.8-4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.0
Flash type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Info unavailable
Media type Hard disk drive
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Flash card
Optical zoom 37 x
10 x
30 x
10 x
10 x
Optical sensor type MOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 2000 x
200 x
350 x
200 x
200 x
Weight 9.3 oz
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
1.2 lbs
12.3 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (HYBRID O.I.S.)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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