Canon Vixia HF S30
1080p HD video; AVCHD format; 10x optical zoom; 8.59 megapixel stills; 1/2.6-inch CMOS sensor; Optical image stabilization; 3.5-inch touchscreen LCD monitor, 922k dots; Electronic viewfinder; Native 24fps shooting; DIGIC DV III processor; 32GB internal memory; 2x SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible memory slots
The Canon HF S30 would be a flagship model in most camcorder manufacturers' lineups. It uses a large 1/2.6-inch, 8 megapixel sensor and the powerful DIGIC DV III processor for smooth, crisp video. It's also decked out with high-end features like a 3.5-inch, 922k-dot viewfinder, native 24fps shooting, and 32GB of built-in memory. The sensor is the main difference between the HF S30 and the flagship HF G10: The G10 uses a smaller but allegedly more-effective sensor, though time will tell if it is truly better. In any case, the HF S30 is a high-end consumer camcorder that should offer excellent video quality and a great package of features for a more palatable price than its big brother.