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Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G10 (Black)
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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $239 at 1 store $219 to $389 at 2 stores $1,403 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)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (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 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review
Release date March 15, 2011 January 26, 2012 March 15, 2011 March 15, 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. 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. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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Lens aperture F/1.8-3.4
F/1.8-3.2
F/1.8-2.8
F/1.8-3.0
Media type Flash card
Memory stick Pro Duo
Flash card
Flash card
Optical zoom 30 x
25 x
10 x
10 x
Optical sensor type Exmor R CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
HD CMOS Pro
CMOS
Video input type Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Camcorder
Digital zoom 350 x
30 x
200 x
200 x
Battery technology Info unavailable Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 8.8 oz
5.9 oz
19.2 oz
12.3 oz
Image stabilizer Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Steady Shot with Active Mode)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Optical (Dynamic SuperRange)
Manual focus Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
Manual
Automatic
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