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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HV30

Canon Vixia HV30
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Kodak Playsport (Black)

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Price $349 at 1 store $899 at 1 store $259 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 4.0 stars out of 21 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews
Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 March 01, 2008 January 07, 2010
The Bottom Line 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. 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. An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues. The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.0
F/2.8
Flash type Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
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Media type Flash card
Flash card
Mini DV (HDV)
Flash card
Optical zoom 30 x
10 x
10 x
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Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
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Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 350 x
200 x
200 x
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Battery technology Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Lithium ion
Weight 8.8 oz
12.3 oz
1.2 lbs
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Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (SuperRange)
Electronic
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Focus free
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