Of the new camcorders, the Vixia HF G40 is the most exciting. Deemed a little brother to the pro-level XA35 and XA30 camcorders announced last year, the G40 allows full manual control and sports a 20x optical zoom lens with Canon’s 5-axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization, a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen, as well as an EVF. Rings for focus, zoom, and iris control provide a higher level interface than you find on typical camcorders and features such as zebra stripes, color bars, and test tones should make advanced videographers feel more at home. Unlike the XA models, the G40 doesn’t let you add a top handle for mounting XLR mics and doesn’t have an SDI port, but the newly developed 1/2.84-inch sensor promises lower noise than in the G30. Recording tops out at 1080p 60fps, and dual SD card slots let you record to two cards at once, or relay to the second card when the first has filled. Expected to hit stores in February, the G40 will cost $1,300.