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Updated: Jul 29, 2015 00:20
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GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition

Where does a company go after defining and dominating an entire industry segment year after year...

20 expert reviews | 1177 user reviews

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Gopro HERO 4 Silver Edition

GoPro deserves credit for breathing life back into the stagnant camcorder business. While...

7 expert reviews | 2133 user reviews

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alaScore 99

GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition

Nearly all of the issues we had with the GoPro Hero3 were the result of us being complete rookies...

40 expert reviews | 5519 user reviews

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alaScore 98

GoPro Hero3+ plus Black Edition

Although it's more revision than revolution, the Hero3+ maintains GoPro's position at the top of...

15 expert reviews | 2778 user reviews

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alaScore 98

Sony HDR-AS100V / AS100VR

Sony's Action Cam series used to be the affordable choice for extreme videographers, but at $299...

12 expert reviews | 510 user reviews

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alaScore 98

HTC RE Camera

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alaScore 97

Panasonic HC-W850

In the world of HD camcorders , there is one main feature you need: 1080p resolution filming at a...

7 expert reviews | 18 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Panasonic HC-X920

The Panasonic HC-X920 is one of the better camcorders we've tested, but it falls just short of...

15 expert reviews | 216 user reviews

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alaScore 97

Canon Legria HF G30

The Canon Vixia HF G30 is expensive, but if you're serious about home movies it's worth the money.

11 expert reviews | 190 user reviews

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Sony FDR-X1000V

Sony’s 4K Action Cam is very good camcorder that delivers good-looking picture quality and smooth...

3 expert reviews | 23 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Sony FDR-AX100E

While the Sony FDR-AX100 is probably not going to be the first choice for professional shooters...

8 expert reviews | 132 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Panasonic HC-V720

The Panasonic HC-V720 ($549.99 direct) is a midrange camcorder with a modest (for its class) 26x...

13 expert reviews | 162 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Garmin VIRB Elite

Garmin is jumping into the action camera field staked out so thoroughly by GoPro with the Virb...

13 expert reviews | 301 user reviews

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alaScore 96

Panasonic HC-WX970

The HC-WX970's fantastic 4K image quality and HDR mode makes for wonderfully well-exposed scenes

2 expert reviews | 1 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Panasonic HC-W570

The Panasonic HC-W570 camcorder measures 12.5x5.5x6cm and weights 306grams. It is called a twin...

2 expert reviews | 2 user reviews

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alaScore 95

SONY HDR-PJ810

This is a really useful small camera with a lot going for it - I use it for local newsgathering...

4 expert reviews | 62 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Panasonic HC-X900

The HC-X900M is the replacement for last year's HDC-TM900 flagship HD camcorder from Panasonic...

34 expert reviews | 173 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Sony HDR-AS30V

Sony has announced a new HD "action cam", the HDR-AS30V. With an included waterproof housing that...

14 expert reviews | 297 user reviews

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#19
alaScore 95

Canon LEGRIA mini X

The Canon Legria Mini X has a fantastic articulating screen for shooting selfie videos but its...

9 expert reviews | 24 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Canon Legria MINI

With constantly improving video capabilities on smartphones like the iPhone 5 and HTC One leaving...

11 expert reviews | 148 user reviews

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alaScore 95

Polaroid Cube

When Polaroid announced its budget-priced, miniature action cam, the Cube ($99.99), in mid-2014...

10 expert reviews | 545 user reviews

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#22
alaScore 94

Sony HDR-CX900

First of all, I'm a pro videographer doing mostly event work, weddings, bands, plays etc. I...

2 expert reviews | 516 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Sony HDR-PJ330 / HDR-PJ330E

Bought one of these yesterday it took me a few minutes to set up with the wifi which doesn't make...

3 expert reviews | 167 user reviews

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alaScore 94

JVC Adixxion GC-XA2

If you’re in the market for a rugged camera for capturing all of your outdoor exploits, the JVC...

8 expert reviews | 89 user reviews

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alaScore 94

Sony HDR-AS200VR

It's an awesome camera with a great set of gear that comes with it. The only complaint I have is...

2 expert reviews | 60 user reviews

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    Buying Guide

    Buying Guide - Camcorders

    Many cellphones and digital cameras have a built-in record setting, but for high quality recordings that will stand the test of time you need the outstanding performance and advanced features of a dedicated camcorder unit. There is a camcorder that meets every need, from compact units that can be used on the go, to professional models with cinema-quality lenses. Before you shop for a new camcorder, make sure you have in mind what types of events you will be recording, and purchase a model that matches your individual needs.



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    What to Look for in a Camcorder

    Zoom – Every camcorder comes with a zoom lens that lets you get closer to your subject. Each camcorder has some sort of zoom lens, camcorder manufacturers don't always distinguish clearly between digital and optical zoom. Most modern camcorders have at least a 10X optical zoom, which should be more than adequate for general usage. A digital zoom crops and magnifies your footage after the optical zoom is fully extended. This method leads to grainy, pixelated, and generally unpleasant-looking images. In a nutshell, the more optical zoom, the better.

    Resolution – Like televisions, digital camcorders are available in standard definition and high definition (HD). Standard definition models will cost less than high definition on average. They'll deliver video quality suitable for viewing on a computer or non-HDTV. HD camcorders will produce wide-screen video suitable for viewing on an HDTV.

    Image Sensor – There are two main types of camcorder image sensors: CCD (charge coupled device) and CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor). Both types of image sensor technology contain hundreds of thousands or even millions of pixels. Commonly, a camcorder with a CMOS sensor will offer better battery life than one with a CCD. The number of pixels on an image sensor is not the only factor influencing the quality of the video captured. The physical size of the sensor matters as well. Larger image sensors can capture more light than smaller ones, even if they have fewer pixels.

    Image Stabilization – Unless you plan on doing all your shooting from a tripod mount, you will need a camcorder that features image stabilization; luckily, this feature is available on all but entry level camcorders. Each manufacturer has a different name for their image stabilization technology, but within each price point they all perform similarly.

    Audio – Audio is an overlooked aspect of camcorder performance, and poor sound quality has ruined many recordings. If you plan on recording events in which the sound quality is just as important as the image quality, get a camcorder that has the audio performance to match your needs.

    Storage Medium – Most camcorders store footage on flash memory devices, SD cards, and the like, which offers the greatest level of convenience for the casual user. Many of the most advanced models record on mini-cassettes, which are fine for professional applications, but require conversion to put footage onto DVDs or flash media. A flash memory based camcorder will be lighter in weight and smaller in size than a hard drive-based camcorder, but won't offer as much internal storage.

    Battery – Battery life is an important consideration: the amount of recording and playback time you'll get out of a battery varies, but most camcorders are able to record for at least an hour with the included battery. If you plan on recording long events (sports events, concerts, etc.), make sure you get a model with sufficient battery life, or order an additional battery. Keep in mind that repeatedly reviewing the footage you just shot will drain your camcorder's juice quickly.

    Accessories – There are many accessories available to help improve the performance of most camcorders, particularly among the more advanced models. Additional lenses allow for better picture quality and additional zoom, tripods and mounts allow you to film the action smoothly, and microphone upgrades can improve the audio. There are even waterproof kits that let you take your camcorder underwater. Many compact models assemble some connectors on a dock, so if you plan to connect to a friend's TV or want to offload video while traveling, make sure the connectors you need are on the camcorder and won't be left at home.

    Popular Camcorder Brands

    Panasonic and Sony have long been famous for the quality of their camcorders, and both brands offer models at a range of different performance levels and prices. JVC is famous for high-end models with a full range of add-ons and accessories, while Canon has gone one step further – although expensive, their best models recoup the investment by being appropriate for professional film and television use. Flip Video specializes in entry-level camcorders for those on a budget and casual users.

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