Conclusion: The flagship HF G10 put up impressive numbers in low light performance—without much of a penalty to sharpness. For just $699.99 (MSRP), you can get virtually the same stellar performance in the Canon Vixia HF M40.
Conclusion: If you’re looking for a camcorder that takes excellent videos, give the Vixia HF M40 consideration. If still photos are important, look elsewhere such as Canon’s new HF S30 with its 8.39MP sensor. It costs more at $1,099 but last year’s S20 with a similar sensor is $849 at legit online dealers. Again if videos are tasks one, two and three, you can save $50 for the new HF M400 with just dual SDXC slots, no onboard flash.
Pros: Quality Full HD video, 16GB onboard flash, Dual SDXC card slots, Fast focusing 10x optical zoom
Cons: Inferior 2MP still quality, Mic amplifies wind noise, Doesn’t record 1080/60p
Excerpt: Sometimes less is more. Take, for example, the Canon Vixia HF M40 camcorder. The camera tweaks some features found in Canon's 2010 M-series camcorders , but the most significant change is a slightly larger image sensor with substantially fewer pixels. That loss of pixels provides the camera's biggest gain.