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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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Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)

Canon Vixia HF M400 (Black)
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Price $259 at 1 store $274 at 1 store
CNET editors' rating
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
Average user rating 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 63 reviews 5.0 stars out of 1 review 2.5 stars out of 4 reviews
Release date March 15, 2011 January 07, 2010 March 15, 2011 January 26, 2012
The Bottom Line 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. 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. 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.

Basic specs

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