Canon vixia G20 - 60i has fastest focus?

Started Apr 12, 2013 | Discussions thread
Cy Cheze Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
G30 versus HC-X920 versus PJ710

Of the three, the HC-920 is priced the lowest and is the lightest and most compact.  Its control ring is more versatile and easy to control than menu or touch screen controls.  It also has three 1/2.3" sensors (for red, cyan, blue) so there is no need for a Bayer sensor and no moiré.  It also offers time lapse, which neither of the other two do, SFAIK.  If (for whatever reason) you get an itch to shoot something in 3D, you could (if you fancied) get the 3D adaptor for the HC-920, which is a lot less expensive or compromising than getting a dedicated 3D videocam.  The optical zoom is 12X which is about the most you can use without having major image shake challenge.  You can use a smart zoom (sensor crop) that effectively doubles that zoom in good light, but probably need a tripod to avoid bad shake.

A three way test of the cameras would be quite interesting, but don't hold your breath in hopes that will appear soon, if ever.  I vaguely suspect that the Sony gyro stabilizer outperforms the five-axis version of the other two, though only by a bit and at the expense of greater weight.  The Canon may offer the most advanced control options, if you can figure them out or really have any occasion to need them, but is bulky and expensive.  The image quality and low light performance may be quite similar.  All offer 1920x1080 60p, though in low light your shutter speed will be a lot slower.  Zoom shots in the dark are an AF challenge for just about anything.

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