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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

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

Kodak Playsport (Black)
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Price $349 at 1 store $245 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)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.2 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date March 15, 2011 March 15, 2011 January 07, 2010 January 29, 2011
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. 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 Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video. 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.

Basic specs

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