'The Canon Vixia HG21 is an excellent HD camcorder that's reasonably easy to operate out of the box and looks good, too.'
'The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there.'
'great video and image quality'
'translucent black and burnt amber gradient color scheme'
'Images look sharp, too.'
'Awkwardly placed USB port.'
'The back of the Canon HG20 is well balanced and
not too bad looking either
The Left Side (5.5)
The left side of the Canon HG20 will see a lot of action.'
'Does not have a viewfinder.'
'It has a 34x optical zoom which is pretty good for this price range.'
'Compared to other consumer camcorders on the market, it is very inexpensive at around $270..'
'extremely sharp pictures'
'1.2 megapixel effective sensor resolution'
'Anyone who's used to MiniDV may find the results disappointing, but casual users may well feel that the convenience of straight-to-DVD recording more than compensates.'
'does not include a full manual control mode'
'the software is not that great'
'high-end standard-definition DVD camcorder'
'The Sony DCR-DVD910 ($649 MSRP) just can't compete for our good graces this year.'
'the most advanced and the first to record high definition video.'
'not an ideal camcorder for people looking to record high action footage, such as sports.'
'the HDR-UX1 does not sport Sony's ubiquitous Easy button for one-touch foolproof recording.'
'autoexposure blows out highlights even more than is typical, and there's serious purple fringing on many of those blown-out, high-contrast edges.'
'the viewfinder is also tiny and inflexible'
'Images may also show trailing when shooting in this slow shutter mode.'
'Last year's DC20 was much lighter and smaller.'
'occasional compression artifacts still noticeable.'
'The picture is less bright overall'
'Poorly structured menus'
'the DVD405 makes due with an old-hat 3-megapixel Advanced HAD CCD and an undersize 2.7-inch display.'
'poor battery life'
'Very good sound.'
'In "Automatic," the white balance makes for slightly cool blue images.'
'Intense stair-stepping was visible, a problem that did not occur with such severity in similarly priced DVD camcorders.'
'A bizarre multi level interface with scrolling wheels, numerous pages of buttons and quasi-3D graphics left us dizzy and confused.'
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