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Compare the 10 Best CamcordersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 16 January 2018)

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Every week we rank the best camcorders based on features, reviews and price
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#1

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F-500

HP F‑500

300 Reviews
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$75.00

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The best scoring video camera under $500, with great features
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Q2N

Zoom Q2N

57 Reviews
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$138.00

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A low cost and amazingly light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with exceptional user reviews and very good features
#3

89

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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$199.00

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A low cost and best selling 1x optical zoom 4200 x 2800 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features and one of the lightest weights around
#4

89

HDR-CX700

Sony HDR‑CX700

3 Reviews + 2 Awards
Digital Versus - 5 StarLes Numeriques.com - 5 Star
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$89.99

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A top-value and award winning 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
#5

89

Hero

GoPro Hero

864 Reviews + 7 Awards
mod-your-case.de - GoldCNET.com - Editor's ChoicePhotographyBlog.com - Highly RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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$77.01

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A best selling and top-value 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features and multiple awards
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89

POLC3

Polaroid POLC3

63 Reviews
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$59.68

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The top rated video camera under $100, with very good features
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89

HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

966 Reviews
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$198.00

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A best selling and bargain price 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with marvellous user reviews and very good features
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89

HF R700

Canon HF R700

57 Reviews
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$150.00

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A sensationally good value for money and best selling 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with fantastic user reviews and very good features
#9

89

HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

455 Reviews
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$189.00

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A great value for money and classic 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
#10

89

Virb X

Garmin Virb X

7 Reviews + 1 Award
01net.com - 4 Star
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$199.95

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An award winning and bargain price 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
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88

HMX-F90WN

Samsung HMX‑F90WN

3 Reviews
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$129.99

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A remarkably cheap and huge optical zoom 1280 x 720 pixels resolution 5MP video camera, with very good features
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HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

966 Reviews
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$179.00

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A classic and very cheap 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features
#14

88

THETA SC

Ricoh THETA SC

11 Reviews
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$185.00

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A best selling and extremely good value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and excellent user reviews
#15

88

Bandit Action

TomTom Bandit Action

64 Reviews
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$195.03

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A low cost and classic 1x optical zoom 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
#16

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Theta M15

Ricoh Theta M15

92 Reviews
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$95.00

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A classic and bargain price 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features
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87

Hero 3

GoPro Hero 3

413 Reviews + 11 Awards
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$239.99

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A multi award winning and very popular 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a very cheap price and great features
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HDR-CX455

Sony HDR‑CX455

9 Reviews
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$398.00

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A best selling and positively reviewed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a very affordable price
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87

MUVI Micro

Veho MUVI Micro

725 Reviews
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$41.50

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A low cost and positively reviewed 1x optical zoom 640 x 480 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features and a staggeringly light 55g weight
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87

DVR936

Vivitar DVR936

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$69.99

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A classic and affordable 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and one of the lightest weights available

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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 sensationally light weight and astoundingly cheap 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award and great features

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What Are The Best Camcorder Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every camcorder made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated camcorder brand is Panasonic with an average rating of 83%.

Logo Brand Number of Camcorders Price Range Average Rating
Panasonic logo Panasonic Camcorders 28 $198 - $10,835 83%
Sony logo Sony Camcorders 56 $35 - $14,475 82%
Canon logo Canon Camcorders 41 $50 - $3,830 76%
Other brands Other Camcorder Brands 85 $28 - $3,900

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Sony PXW-Z150
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$3,099.99
$245 cheaper
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Bigger total
megapixels
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Panasonic AG-DVX200
Panasonic
AG-DVX200
$3,344.89
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3" larger
optical sensor
size
A bit bigger
optical zoom
Sony HXR-NX100
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$1,569.98
$380 cheaper
Better brand
29% lighter
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Panasonic AG-UX90
Panasonic
AG-UX90
$1,949.99
22% bigger
total
megapixels
Bigger optical
zoom
Sony PXW-X70
Sony
PXW-X70
$1,769.00
$181 cheaper
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2x lighter
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Panasonic AG-UX90
Panasonic
AG-UX90
$1,949.99
3.8MP bigger
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megapixels
20% bigger
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Canon
Vixia HF R800
$157.50
$41 cheaper
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Marginally
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Sony
HDR-CX405
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HDR-CX405
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Legria HF R806
$248.80
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HXR-NX5R
$2,898.00
$202 cheaper
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Sony HDR-CX405
Sony
HDR-CX405
$179.00
$19 cheaper
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$197.99
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9% bigger total
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Sony PXW-X70
Sony
PXW-X70
$1,769.00
$199 cheaper
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79% bigger
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Canon XA35
Canon
XA35
$1,968.01
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17% lighter
Sony HDR-CX405
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HDR-CX405
$179.00
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Considerably
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reviews
A little
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$159.95
$19 cheaper
0.99MP bigger
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Sony FDR-AX100
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$1,569.98
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Sony HDR-CX240
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$189.00
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$179.00
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$179.00
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$395.00
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$1,569.98
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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.

Camcorder Buying Guide

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.

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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

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

Digital image stabilistaion 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.

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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.

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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:

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.

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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

Camcorder Prices

In total we found 213 camcorders ranging from $27 to $14,475. The average price of a new video camera is $1,208 and the 80% of video cameras are priced between $62 and $3,493. The most expensive camcorder that we found is the Sony PXW-FS7K at $14,475, and the cheapest is the Vivitar DVR508 at only $28.

Camcorder Brands - Price Range

The highest average video camera price out of all brands is DRIFT camcorders with an average price of $3,044. DRIFT camcorders range in price from $3,044 to $3,044.

The average price of Sony video cameras is $2,030 which is the second highest average price of all camcorder brands. Sony video cameras range in price from $35 to $14,475.

Panasonic camcorders range in price from $198 to $10,835, and the third highest average video camera price out of all brands is Panasonic camcorders with an average price of $1,848.

Camcorder Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 878 expert reviews and 21,487 user reviews for video cameras from across the internet and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of video camera. The top three camcorder brands are Benq, Transcend and HP. Benq has an average rating of 93%, Transcend has an average rating of 89% and HP has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Camcorder Retailers

We found 207 current offers for camcorders from Walmart making it the biggest video camera retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 144 current offers for camcorders. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 125 current video camera offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

Most new camcorders tend to be released between January and February. That means that most of the latest video camera technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 11 new video cameras were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new camcorder releases. February was the biggest month in 2016 for new video cameras, with 27 new video cameras released that month. In 2015 most new video cameras were released in September, with 31 new video cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Camcorder Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, camcorders drop in price by 3%. That means that on a typical camcorder costing $1,208 you could save on average $42 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

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

The optical zooms of camcorders range from 1x to 70x. The optical zooms of the majority of camcorders range from 1x to 7.1x. The camcorder with the biggest optical zoom is the PanasonicSDR-H100, which is a 70x optical zoom camcorder and is priced at $391.99. The PanasonicSDR-H100, which is available at $141.99, has the smallest optical zoom and is a 1x optical zoom video camera.

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.

Amongst new video cameras, the most frequently found max video resolution is 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. We found 762 video cameras that are video cameras that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels. 1920 x 1080 pixels is the second most common max video resolution amongst new camcorders. We found 762 camcorders 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).

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

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.

Comparing all video cameras, the optical sensor sizes range from 1" to 4/3". The optical sensor sizes of most camcorders range from 0.13" to 0.28". The camcorder with the largest optical sensor size is the Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K, which is a 4/3" optical sensor size camcorder and sells for $995.00. The video camera with the smallest optical sensor size is the Blackmagic DesignProduction Camera 4K, which is a 1" optical sensor size camcorder and is on sale for $3,099.99.

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 video cameras range from 50g to 340g. The Blackmagic DesignURSA EF has the heaviest weight. This video camera is a 7.4kg camcorder and is on sale for $3,900.00. The Blackmagic DesignURSA EF, which is priced at $79.90, has the lightest weight and is a 50g camcorder.

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

Biggest Camcorder Retailers

We found 207 current offers for video cameras from Walmart making it the biggest video camera retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon US for whom we found 144 current offers for video cameras. The third biggest retailer is eBay with 125 current video camera offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Camcorders?

eBay most frequently has the cheapest camcorder prices (found to be cheapest for 103 video cameras).

Proportion of Camcorders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The cheapest store by number of video camera for which they offer the cheapest price is eBay with the cheapest price on 82.4% of its camcorders.