Panasonic HDC-HS80 comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Price $449 at 1 store $349 at 1 store $295 at 1 store $399 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)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 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 5.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 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. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-4
Media type Hard disk drive
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 37 x
10 x
30 x
26 x
34 x
Optical sensor type MOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
MOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 2000 x
200 x
350 x
320 x
2000 x
Weight 9.3 oz
19.2 oz
8.8 oz
6.3 oz
6.8 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (HYBRID O.I.S.)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (HYBRID O.I.S.)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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