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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $349 at 1 store $274 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.8 (3.0 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 9 reviews 2.5 stars out of 4 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews
Release date March 15, 2011 January 26, 2012 March 15, 2011 March 10, 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. They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the cheapest; nothing on any of these is really worth the extra bucks. 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. Panasonic's quartet of entry-level HD camcorders--the HDC-HS60, TM60, TM55, and SD60--delivers a nice manual feature set and good performance, as well as solid video quality for their class. As long as you don't pay list price, the SD60 is a great value, and if possible, avoid paying the unnecessary price premium for the hard drive in the HS60.

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.2
F/1.8-3.0
F/1.8-3.3
Flash type Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable Built-in flash
Media type Flash card
Memory stick Pro Duo
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 30 x
25 x
10 x
25 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
CMOS
MOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 350 x
30 x
200 x
1500 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 8.8 oz
5.9 oz
12.3 oz
9 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (POWER O.I.S.)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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