Samsung HMX-W300 (Red) comparison

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Samsung HMX-W300 (Red)

Samsung HMX-W300 (Red)
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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Price $259 at 1 store $259 at 1 store $289 at 1 store $379 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.6 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
2.5 stars Average
    Overall score: 5.8 (2.5 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date March 28, 2012 January 07, 2010 March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 04, 2013
The Bottom Line The Samsung HMX-W300 rugged minicamcorder is a good traveling companion for capturing Web-friendly movie clips and photos of your next hike or beach trip. The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video. 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. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/2.2
F/2.8
F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.9-4.0
Media type Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable 30 x
10 x
26 x
Optical sensor type BSI-CMOS
Info unavailable Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
Exmor R CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 3 x
Info unavailable 350 x
200 x
320 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Image stabilizer Electronic
Electronic
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Weight 4.8 oz
Info unavailable 8.8 oz
19.2 oz
6.3 oz
Manual focus Automatic
Focus free
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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