Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 (Black) comparison

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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Price $265 at 1 store $239 at 1 store $248 at 1 store $293 at 1 store $1,403 at 1 store
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3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.2 (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)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.2 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 0 stars No reviews, write one! 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one! 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews
Release date January 29, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013 January 28, 2011 March 15, 2011
The Bottom Line Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model. 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. Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model. 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.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-6.0
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.9-4.0
F/1.8-6.0
F/1.8-2.8
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 60 x
30 x
26 x
60 x
10 x
Optical sensor type Advanced HAD CCD
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Advanced HAD CCD
HD CMOS Pro
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 2000 x
350 x
320 x
2000 x
200 x
Weight 8.1 oz
8.8 oz
6.3 oz
8.1 oz
19.2 oz
Image stabilizer Electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Electronic (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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