Excerpt: The Optura 400 is Canon’s upper tier matchbook camcorder this year; though the Optura 500 is slightly more advance, the Optura 400 packs a 1/3.4 CCD with 1.23 effective Megapixels for video and 2 MPs for stills into a small body, with a 10x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom.
Conclusion: This $1,000 camcorder has a ton of features. It shoots better-than-average videos and good still images, and it's our Editors' Choice for the $800-$1000 price range.
Pros: Very compact design. Flash for still-image capture, AF assist lamp, and headlight for low-light shooting make this a versatile model. Good still-image capture. Many manual controls, including audio recording level.
Cons: Bottom-loading design gets in the way of tripod usage. EVF doesn't extend, pivot, or have a rubberized eyepiece. Flash stills unsatisfactory.