The Mini X definitely improves on the original with more advanced video features, better mics, and linear PCM audio recording.
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A larger sensor and longer lens are among the improvements Canon incorporates into its top-of-the-line consumer and compact pro models.
The Vixia HF G20 announced at CES incorporates a new sensor and lower price.
Though they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forgo some of the subtleties of the manual controls, you can probably get what you need with a cheaper camcorder.
Like its cousin, the flash-based HF11, Canon's Vixia HG21 delivers excellent HD video quality and performance albeit in a slightly larger, heavier package. However, you do get more storage space and a lower price.
While it's more expensive than its sub-$600 competitors, the Canon Vixia HF20 and Vixia HF200 deliver a more extensive feature set for the extra money. The HF200, which lacks internal memory, is probably a better buy than the HF20, though the HF20's all-black body is a bit classier-looking.
Canon's HV20 camcorder is a great choice for HD-happy amateurs, but its low-light performance could have been better.
An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues.