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Canon VIXIA HV30
Price: $850 and up
Format: HDV (tape)
Resolution: 1,080 lines
Zoom: 10x
Screen: 2.7-inch-wide LCD
(also has eyepiece viewfinder)
Weight: 1.3 lbs with battery

Ease of use: Bulky to hold but has easy button access. Tape was frustrating: lots of rewind and fast-forward required for viewing.

Video quality: Images were clear, but Leak complained that colors didn't "pop" enough.

The big picture: Visuals were fine but less impressive than JVC's and Sony's. Plus, the tape was annoying. Canon has a 1,080 flash model, but its picture quality is comparable, the company says.

Grade: B

NEXT: Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000

Last updated June 06 2008: 11:12 AM ET