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#1

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HDR-CX700

Sony HDR‑CX700

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$34.99

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An impressive value for money and award winning 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
#2

88

Q2N

Zoom Q2N

41 Reviews
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$138.00

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A breathtakingly cheap and top-rated 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and one of the lightest weights available
#3

88

POLC3

Polaroid POLC3

63 Reviews
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$53.99

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The top scoring video camera under $100, with very good features
#4

87

HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

932 Reviews
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$159.00

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A low cost and best selling 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with outstanding expert reviews and very good features
#5

87

Hero

GoPro Hero

878 Reviews + 7 Awards
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's ChoiceCNET.com - Editor's ChoicePhotographyBlog.com - Highly RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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A low cost and best selling 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and multiple awards
#6

87

DrivePro 100

Transcend DrivePro 100

900 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$89.99

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An extremely light weight and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an spectacularly low price and great features
#7

86

HDR-CX455

Sony HDR‑CX455

3 Reviews
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$398.00

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An excellently reviewed and excellent value for money 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
#8

86

Hero 4

GoPro Hero 4

952 Reviews + 5 Awards
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$219.99

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A best selling and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features and a stunningly reasonable price
#9

86

Hero 3

GoPro Hero 3

453 Reviews + 10 Awards
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$249.00

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A very popular and low cost 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features and multiple awards
#10

86

HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

464 Reviews
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$160.89

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A cheap and classic 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
#11

85

Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

Samsung Samsung Gear 360 (2017)

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A very popular and good value for money 1x optical zoom 5472 x 2736 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features and multiple awards
#12

85

Virb X

Garmin Virb X

6 Reviews + 1 Award
01net.com - 4 Star
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$181.50

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A low cost and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
#13

85

8MP Trophy Cam

Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam

125 Reviews
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$99.00

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An excellent value for money and staggeringly light weight 1x optical zoom 1280 x 720 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
#14

85

Theta M15

Ricoh Theta M15

74 Reviews
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$124.50

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A classic and bargain price 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features
#15

85

RE

HTC RE

149 Reviews + 1 Award
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$44.92

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A good spec and great value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
#16

84

HF R700

Canon HF R700

46 Reviews
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$200.00

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A very popular and excellently reviewed 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a very good price and good features
#17

84

THETA SC

Ricoh THETA SC

11 Reviews
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$189.00

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A best selling and very good value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and excellent user reviews
#18

83

Hero 5

GoPro Hero 5

536 Reviews + 17 Awards
Techradar - Best in ClassTrusted Reviews - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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$299.00

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A multi award winning and best selling 1x optical zoom 4200 x 2800 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and one of the lightest weights around
#19

83

MUVI Micro

Veho MUVI Micro

724 Reviews
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$36.99

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The highest scoring camcorder under $50, with great user reviews and good features
#20

82

HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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$447.99

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An award winning and best selling 20x optical zoom 6528 x 3672 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a low price

82

Q4

Zoom Q4

74 Reviews
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$179.99

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A low cost and classic 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

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Camcorder

Canon Camcorder

20 Reviews
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$49.95

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A very popular and very cheap 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and outstanding user reviews

82

DVR936

Vivitar DVR936

3 Reviews
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An excellent value for money and astonishingly light weight 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

81

Osmo+

DJI Osmo+

57 Reviews + 9 Awards
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$199.00

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A multi award winning and very popular 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with a very good price and good features

81

HDR-AZ1

Sony HDR‑AZ1

116 Reviews + 1 Award
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's Choice
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$198.00

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A bargain price and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a breathtakingly light 63g weight

81

Camileo BW10

Toshiba Camileo BW10

38 Reviews + 1 Award
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$49.95

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An affordable and award winning 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

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CAMILEO Clip

Toshiba CAMILEO Clip

19 Reviews
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$69.99

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An extremely cheap and classic 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and one of the lightest weights available

80

HDR-MV1

Sony HDR‑MV1

88 Reviews + 2 Awards
01net.com - 4 StarExpert Reviews - Recommended
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$299.99

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An award winning and impressive value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

932 Reviews
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$178.00

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A critically acclaimed and good value for money 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

80

DVR794

Vivitar DVR794

12 Reviews
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$36.99

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A classic and affordable 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and one of the lightest weights available

80

F-500

HP F‑500

10 Reviews
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$141.99

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A bargain price and classic 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

79

SMX-C10

Samsung SMX‑C10

9 Reviews + 1 Award
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$53.99

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An award winning and extremely good value for money 10x optical zoom 720 x 480 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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FDR-X3000

Sony FDR‑X3000

125 Reviews + 6 Awards
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$321.99

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A best selling and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and one of the lightest weights around

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Theta S

Ricoh Theta S

287 Reviews + 6 Awards
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$236.95

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A multi award winning and good value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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Flip UltraHD

Cisco Flip UltraHD

56 Reviews + 5 Awards
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$239.96

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A multi award winning and good value for money 1x optical zoom 1280 x 720 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

78

Bandit Action

TomTom Bandit Action

64 Reviews
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$192.85

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A classic and cheap 1x optical zoom 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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DrivePro 200

Transcend DrivePro 200

924 Reviews + 5 Awards
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A multi award winning and affordable 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and one of the lightest weights available

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HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
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$650.95

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The highest scoring camcorder under $1,000, with good features

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HDR-CX675

Sony HDR‑CX675

8 Reviews
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$489.50

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A phenomenally light weight and positively reviewed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a low price

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PDWF-800

Sony PDWF‑800

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A good spec and remarkably good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2/3" optical sensor size camcorder

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DVR786

Vivitar DVR786

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$31.99

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A low cost and massive optical sensor size 1x optical zoom 2592 x 1944 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

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Super 8

Kodak Super 8

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$30.00

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An affordable and good spec 1x optical zoom, 1kg video camera

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HXR-NX30

Sony HXR‑NX30

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$89.00

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A low cost and good spec 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder

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GC-XA2

JVC GC‑XA2

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$71.17

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A top-value and good spec 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera

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Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

444 Reviews + 14 Awards
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$52.00

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A high image quality and very popular 1x optical zoom 3840 x 1920 pixels resolution video camera, with a phenomenally reasonable price and good features

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PMW-150

Sony PMW‑150

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$39.00

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A good spec and affordable 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera

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CCA10

ACTIVEON CCA10

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A very popular and low cost 1x optical zoom 2560 x 1920 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and a staggeringly light 69g weight

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HDR-PJ440

Sony HDR‑PJ440

208 Reviews
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$397.99

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A very highly rated and bargain price 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

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Cube Action Camcorder

Polaroid Cube Action Camcorder

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$61.99

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An extremely light weight and excellent value for money 1x optical zoom 2560 x 1440p pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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Muvi HD NPNG

Veho Muvi HD NPNG

141 Reviews + 1 Award
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Sony
HDR-CX405
$178.00
Considerably
better user
reviews
A little
lighter
VS
Canon Legria HF R706
Canon
Legria HF R706
$179.95
Better brand
0.99MP bigger
total
megapixels
A little bigger
optical zoom
Sony PXW-Z150
Sony
PXW-Z150
$3,099.99
17.93MP bigger
total
megapixels
VS
Sony HXR-NX5R
Sony
HXR-NX5R
$2,949.99
$150 cheaper
A lot bigger
optical zoom
Lighter
Sony FDR-AX100
Sony
FDR-AX100
$1,398.00
$202 cheaper
Better user
reviews
14% lighter
VS
Sony PXW-X70
Sony
PXW-X70
$1,600.00
More popular
Sony HDR-CX405
Sony
HDR-CX405
$178.00
$290 cheaper
18g lighter
VS
Canon Legria HF R806
Canon
Legria HF R806
$468.00
Better brand
31% bigger
total
megapixels
Bigger optical
zoom
Sony HXR-NX100
Sony
HXR-NX100
$1,569.99
$1,530 cheaper
A lot lighter
More popular
VS
Sony PXW-Z150
Sony
PXW-Z150
$3,099.99
A lot bigger
total
megapixels
Sony HDR-CX405
Sony
HDR-CX405
$178.00
$112 cheaper
Better brand
70g lighter
VS
Canon Vixia HF R600
Canon
Vixia HF R600
$289.50
User reviews
are marginally
better
0.99MP bigger
total
megapixels
Slightly bigger
optical zoom
Panasonic HC-V180
Panasonic
HC-V180
$197.99
18x bigger
optical zoom
Lighter
VS
Canon Legria HF R706
Canon
Legria HF R706
$179.95
$18 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger total
megapixels
Panasonic HC-V770
Panasonic
HC-V770
$650.95
Bigger total
megapixels
VS
Panasonic HC-V380
Panasonic
HC-V380
$297.99
$353 cheaper
Hugely bigger
optical zoom
Lighter
Canon Vixia HF R800
Canon
Vixia HF R800
$179.88
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
better
Marginally
bigger optical
zoom
VS
Sony HDR-CX405
Sony
HDR-CX405
$159.00
$21 cheaper
65% bigger
total
megapixels
50g lighter
Sony HDR-CX240
Sony
HDR-CX240
$160.89
$17 cheaper
6.91MP bigger
total
megapixels
14% lighter
VS
Sony HDR-CX405
Sony
HDR-CX405
$178.00
User reviews
are a little
better
3x bigger
optical zoom
More popular
GoPro Hero 5
GoPro
Hero 5
$299.00
Better brand
76% lighter
More popular
VS
Samsung Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
Samsung
Samsung Gear 360 (2017)
$164.00
$135 cheaper
3MP bigger
total
megapixels
Canon XA30
Canon
XA30
$1,399.99
$170 cheaper
1kg lighter
A lot bigger
optical zoom
VS
Sony HXR-NX100
Sony
HXR-NX100
$1,569.99
Better brand
79% bigger
total
megapixels
Sony PXW-Z150
Sony
PXW-Z150
$3,099.99
$989 cheaper
Better brand
4.51MP bigger
total
megapixels
VS
Panasonic AG-DVX200
Panasonic
AG-DVX200
$4,088.99
Larger optical
sensor size
8% bigger
optical zoom

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an 'action camcorder'?
AAn action camcorder is a very small recording device meant to be worn on clothing or attached to a helmet. It's normally used to film extreme sports or give a 'first person' view of what the subject sees.
QWhat's the difference between 'optical' and 'digital' zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camcorder to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
QWhat is an 'image stabiliser'?
AAn image stabiliser detects and compensates for small judders and shakes while filming, meaning the resulting video is far smoother and still.
QWhy is a big sensor size important?
AA larger optical sensor produces better quality videos, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Finding the Right Camcorder for You

Although VHS players are long gone, everybody still wants to preserve their best memories. Pictures are great ways to do that, but for many occasions you really need a video to put yourself in the moment again. Or perhaps you are a film maker looking for a professional camera that is not too bulky? Do you post video diaries on YouTube during your trips? Whatever you like to do, there's a camcorder for that.

Of course, this isn't 1997 anymore, and your choices are not limited to Super 8 and VCR. Before buying a camcorder, you need to look at what kind of video camera and quality do you need, how often you will use it and how you plan to watch the videos.

By knowing your needs and matching them to the options available, you will be able to shoot your family videos, that great football match, the concert ever of your favourite band and your YouTube blog too!

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Key Camcorder Features

Resolution

The image resolution determines the number of pixels the image you shoot contains. In most cases, this is the most important factor to look at when choosing a camcorder. Today, a good camera will have a resolution between 1080p and 4K. These are also known as Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and Ultra High Definition (3840 x 2160 pixels). Although a 4K camera sounds attractive, it is only worth the higher cost if you have the ability to view the result on a 4K screen. TVs and monitors that work at 4K UHD are becoming more widely available and 4K recording will become more widespread in the future too.

Sensor Size

The larger the resolution on a camera, the larger the sensor needs to be in order to capture the video in good quality. While most cameras with the same output resolution will have a similar sensor size, sometimes there are differences. Some 4K cameras for example use 1” sensors but others used 1/2.3” sensors. While a smaller sensor will work for average recording conditions, a larger sensor will show its worth in low-light scenes as it allows it to capture more light.

Bit Rate

In terms of image quality, the bit rate is usually the third item to look at when comparing two cameras that have the same resolution and sensor size. The bit rate describes the amount of data that is generated by the camera when it records. The more data it produces per second of film, the better the image quality will be. A difference between a 24 MBPS (megabytes per second) camera and a 28 MBPS one will be very subtle, but still noticeable. The bit rate is also important for another reason: file storage. At 25 MBPS it takes about one hour to fill up a 16GB card. Recording at a higher bit rate means your memory card will fill up more quickly. When recording at a higher bit rate it is usually a good idea to invest in a memory card with higher capacity or download the content onto a computer at regular intervals.

Image Stabilisation

Unless you are filming from a tripod or have very steady hands, having a camera with good image stabilisation is essential to prevent your recordings turning blurry, particularly when using zoom. There are two main types: optical and digital image stabilisation. Optical Image Stabilisation is the most effective type to keep your videos sharp. Small gyro-sensors inside the lens shift moveable glass elements to offset the motion of the camcorder. Digital Image Stabilisation uses software to calculate the best way to avoid shaky images. It might mean that only certain pixels of the camcorder’s sensor are used for the final image. Digital stabilisation is not as effective as optical stabilisations and it is worth checking the type used before buying a camcorder that id not specific about the stabilisation type it uses.

Zoom

A good optical zoom can make a big difference when you are recording. If you are shooting sports, wildlife, airplanes, concerts and anything else, which is a considerable distance away, a minimum of 25x optical zoom is recommended. Filming people only a few metres away can be done with 10x or even 5x zoom. Optical zoom is always preferred to digital zoom because it captures the full frame at the highest quality. Digital zoom simply crops and enlarges a portion of the image reducing the resolution of the result.

Aperture

This is especially important if you are going to shoot in low-light environments like concert halls, caves and at night. The aperture of a camera defines how big the opening in the camera lens is which allows light in. The larger the opening, the more light is allowed in and the higher the quality of a low-light image will be. Aperture is measured in f-stops, with a smaller number representing a larger opening. For example, f1.8 is great for low-light settings whereas f5.6 and higher might result in an image that is too dark.

Audio Quality

Good quality audio is essential to capture the atmosphere of a football match or the music of a concert. It is important to check the quality of the built in microphone when buying a camcorder. Most budget options will have a mono microphone, which records only one channel. This can make the audio feel lifeless and flat and a high quality stereo microphone will be a much better option. If you are after the highest sound quality, using an external microphone will give the best results.

Memory

Most cameras will offer a certain amount of internal memory. Some camcorders used to have and internal hard disk drive (HDD) but this is now becoming less common as flash memory has become cheaper and takes up less space. The internal memory can be extended by inserting an SD card. If you use your camera for short scenes or are downloading files to your computer frequently, a relatively small SD card will be sufficient. To shoot hours of video at a time will require a large SD card or even multiple cards that can be exchanged when full.

WiFi

Being able to connect to your camcorder wirelessly opens up a lot of possibilities which you may or may not find useful. WiFi can allow some cameras to connect to a smartphone, which can then be used as a remote control.

Battery Life

If you plan to record for a long time, or be outside and away from a plug, a long battery life is essential. Battery life can vary between camcorders so it is worth checking the manufacturer’s specifications before making your decision. Batteries can be replaced on some camcorder models allowing to extend recording times. You can replace the camcorder battery with a spare one when it runs out and continue recording straight away.

Camcorder Types Explained

After checking the specifications, you probably have an idea of what you need in a camera. This brings us to the next step: finding the type of camera that has all the features you need. Most camcorders fall into one of four categories:

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Mainstream Camcorders

These are the workhorses of the family. Here you will find the camcorders that pack all the basic features, can record footage at good quality and will serve the regular home user very well. Examples here include the low-ends of the Canon VIXIA, Sony CX and Panasonic V ranges. Despite being relatively simple, most mainstream camcorders will work for sport events, concerts, family videos and much more while having a lower price tag than other options. These are the best choice unless you have more specific requirements.

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Advanced & Professional Camcorders

At some point the good old family camera may not make the grade, and then comes the time to look for models that pack in some high-end features. You will only be in this situation if you have specific requirements for which the good old mainstream camcorder wasn't made for. This includes very low light capture, 4K capability, image stabilisation, HD audio and other specific features. Each advanced camcorder has a different range of features, but most will give you high end results that can benefit both professional and demanding amateur users.

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Pocket Camcorders

These small camcorders allow you to take them with you wherever you go without having to take a bag, and they are usually very affordable too. One of the downsides are a usually a compromise in image quality. While you can still find good options in this range, there are physical limitations to the size of sensor that can be built into a small camera. For the usual blogger who just needs a basic camera with low-end HD options, this will do. If you need more options or features (including handles), look at mainstream camcorders instead.

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Wearable/Action Camcorders

If you are planning to attach your camera to something that will move, shake, turn or swim, you definitely need an action camera. The most popular and recognised camera in this niche is the GoPro series, but there are alternatives from Sony and other brands too. Most action cams are waterproof making them ideal for surfing, swimming, snowboading and diving.

Finding the Right Camcorder for Every Situation

Home Videos

Taking home videos of your children and family can be done in reasonable quality with a less expensive camcorder but you might still prefer Full HD resolution to less detailed alternatives.

Sports

If you like filming sports, particularly ones played in arenas and other settings where lighting may not be ideal, a camcorder with a good low-light performance is crucial. Look for a long zoom lens and optical image stabilsation to make sure you can capture the action without losing focus.

Video Blogging

If you tend to record mostly at home, a pocket camcorder might be all you need. This is an inexpensive way to get started. You could even consider using a good quality webcam. If you plan to film outside you might require more features like a good optical zoom and image stabilisation.

Film & Documentaries

With YouTube, Vimeo and other online streaming services allowing Ultra High Definition Uploads, a 4K camcorder might be worth considering to make sure you achieve the highest possible quality and prepare for the future. For the best results, look for good image stabilisation, a big aperture and a large sensor that can handle low-light shots. A powerful zoom wouldn't go amiss either if the action is happening further out. Alternatively, if you are working on a set where you have the ability to adjust the lighting and prevent unexpected camera movement, a high-end 1080p camera on a stable mount might be adequate.

Camcorder Retailers, Prices and Features

Video Camera Prices

Camcorders range in price from $28 to $14,475 and in total we found prices for 187 camcorders. On average, a new video camera costs $1,263 and 80% of video cameras are priced between $63 and $3,499. The cheapest camcorder that we found is the ION SnapCam Lite at only $29, and the most expensive is the Sony PXW-FS7K at $14,475.

Camcorder Brands - Price Range

The average price of Sony camcorders is $2,459 which is the highest average price of all camcorder brands. Sony camcorders start at $35 and the most expensive Sony camcorder costs $14,475.

The average price of Panasonic video cameras is $1,822 which is the second highest average price of all camcorder brands. Panasonic video cameras start at $198 and the most expensive Panasonic camcorder costs $10,835.

Blackmagic Design camcorders range in price from $300 to $3,900, and the third highest average camcorder price out of all brands is Blackmagic Design camcorders with an average price of $1,458.

Camcorder Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 883 expert reviews and 20,378 user reviews for video cameras available online and used these reviews to determine the average rating for each brand of video camera. The top rated video camera brand is Benq with an average rating of 93%. The second best brand is Transcend with 89% and the third best brand is GoPro with 89%.

Biggest Camcorder Retailers

We found 150 current offers for camcorders from Walmart making it the biggest camcorder retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 142 current offers for camcorders. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 124 current camcorder offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

The most common period for new video cameras to be released in is between January and February. For the latest video camera features you may want to think about waiting until January 2018. Alternatively you might be able to buy one of the current camcorders cheaper in January once the latest models have been released. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new video cameras, with 28 new video cameras released that month. 31 new video cameras were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new video camera releases. The biggest month in 2014 for new video camera releases was January, with 34 new video cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Camcorder Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, video cameras drop in price by 4% on average. That means a saving of $46 on a typical $1,263 new camcorder if you wait 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

Comparing all video cameras, the optical zooms range from 1x to 70x. The optical zooms of most video cameras range from 1x to 7.1x. The PanasonicSDR-S70, which sells for $249.99, has the biggest optical zoom and is a 70x optical zoom camcorder. The PanasonicSDR-S70 has the smallest optical zoom. This video camera is a 1x optical zoom camcorder and currently retails for $200.98.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Max Video Resolutions

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

We found 780 video cameras that are camcorders that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, which makes this the most popular max video resolution amongst new video cameras. The second most frequently found max video resolution amongst new video cameras is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 780 video cameras that are camcorders that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

Total Megapixels

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

Comparing all camcorders, the total megapixels range from 0.3MP to 50MP. The total megapixels of most video cameras range from 2.7MP to 5.1MP. The SonyPXW-X160, which is available at $3,789.97, has the biggest total megapixels and is a 50MP camcorder. The SonyPXW-X160 has the smallest total megapixels. This video camera is a 0.48MP video camera and is priced at $239.99.

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Optical Sensor Sizes

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

The optical sensor sizes of video cameras range from 1" to 4/3". The optical sensor sizes of the majority of camcorders range from 0.13" to 0.28". The Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K, which is available at $995.00, has the largest optical sensor size and is a 4/3" optical sensor size video camera. The camcorder with the smallest optical sensor size is the Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K, which is a 1" optical sensor size camcorder and currently retails for $299.90.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Weights

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

Comparing all camcorders, the weights range from 50g to 7.4kg. The weights of the majority of camcorders range from 50g to 340g. The video camera with the heaviest weight is the Blackmagic DesignURSA EF, which is a 7.4kg video camera and can be purchased for $3,900.00. The camcorder with the lightest weight is the Blackmagic DesignURSA EF, which is a 50g camcorder and currently retails for $84.94.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

We found 150 current offers for video cameras from Walmart making it the biggest video camera retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 142 current offers for video cameras. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 124 current video camera offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Camcorders?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest camcorder prices (found to be cheapest for 106 video cameras).

Proportion of Camcorders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest camcorder prices (found to be cheapest for 85.5% of its video cameras).

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