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5 Best Camcorders Under $1,000 in the US - August 2019

Updated 18 June 2019 by Matthew
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5 best camcorders under $1,000

Which Are the Best Camcorders Under $1,000?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best camcorders under $1,000? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best camcorders under $1,000 are:


What Camcorder Under $1,000 to Buy in July 2019?

Below we provide a detailed run through of the top 5 camcorders under $1,000 currently for sale in the United States:

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Sony HDRAS300W Garmin Virb X Canon Vixia HF R800 Vivitar DVR936 Cisco Flip UltraHD
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8.57MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
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TION
1"
OPTICAL
107g
12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
151g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
8MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
50g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
1.6MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
250g
HD
READY
RESOLU-
TION
98
Reviews
18 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
25 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
89
Reviews
3 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good
90
Reviews
58 Reviews + 4 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A top-rated and fully featured 107g, 8.57MP video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in microphone, is waterproof and supports remote operation. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good video quality, great picture quality and it's smooth. A fully featured and award winning 151g, 12MP video camera, with an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS and is waterproof and Full HD. Purchasers report that this video camera it. The highest scoring camcorder under $500, with a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a digital zoom of 1,140x and supports HDMI. Customers report that this camcorder it. A classic and fully featured 8MP 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution camcorder, with one of the lightest weights available and a low price. It has an image stabilizer and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera it. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 250g, 1.6MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display and supports HDMI.
9 Reasons For
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
1h Longer Maximum Battery Life
Waterproof
Slightly Better Overall Reviews
Better Brand
Better Great Video Quality
8 Reasons For
47% Bigger Total Megapixels
Full HD
GPS
Bluetooth
1h Longer Maximum Battery Life
Waterproof
Marginally Better Expert Reviews
Better User Reviews
8 Reasons For
50% Bigger Optical Zoom
A Lot Larger Internal Storage Capacity
HDMI
Longer Video Recording Time
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $32
More Shops Are Selling it
Newer by Three Months
3 Reasons For
Hugely Lighter
Higher Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
2 Reasons For
HDMI
Four More Awards
9 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
57g Heavier
29% Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $201
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Three Months
User Review Rating is Worse
9 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
101g Heavier
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $262
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over One Year
Three Less Awards
Worse Brand
7 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
Smaller Total Megapixels
Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Overall Review Rating is Marginally Worse
Worse Brand
10 Reasons Against
97% Smaller Optical Zoom
Smaller Total Megapixels
1,137x Smaller Digital Zoom
A Lot Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $32
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Three Years
User Review Rating is Hugely Worse
Worse Brand
15 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
200g Heavier
87% Smaller Total Megapixels
Only 1280 X 720 (HD Ready) Pixels Pixels Resolution
Not Full HD
24GB Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
89% Shorter Video Recording Time
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Over Three Years
Expert Review Rating is Slightly Worse
Overall Review Rating is Much Worse
Worse Brand
Worse Great Video Quality
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Sony HDRAS300W

$238.49
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Sony HDRAS300W
8.57MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
107g
2h
BATTERY LIFE
DCF: 12.0
MEGAPIXEL
STILL IMAGE
4608:2592
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
HD

The Sony HDRAS300W has a Kagoo Score of 87. However with a price tag of $238.49 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDRAS300W or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Large optical sensor size (1/2.5")
Very light (107g)
Has an image stabilizer
Waterproof
Has a built-in microphone

A top-rated and fully featured 107g, 8.57MP video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in microphone, is waterproof and supports remote operation. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a good video quality, great picture quality and it's smooth.

98
Reviews
18 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
83
Popularity
Quite Popular
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Sony HDRAS300W has excellent user reviews with 92% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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9 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDRAS300W

Remote Operation

The Sony HDRAS300W supports remote operation, however the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X and the Vivitar DVR936 do not. More ...

'Remote Operation' denotes whether the camcorder can be controlled (start/stop recording) by a separate remote, or whether all control has to happen on the device itself.

A remotely operated camera is helpful because it allows you to mount the camera on a tripod and be in your own movies.

Built-in Microphone

The Sony HDRAS300W has a built-in microphone, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X and the Vivitar DVR936 do not. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Wi-Fi

The Sony HDRAS300W features Wi-Fi, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X and the Vivitar DVR936 do not feature this benefit. More ...

'Wi-Fi' denotes whether the camcorder is capable of connecting to the net via wifi, in order to upload videos and images.

A wireless connection on your camcorder allows you to easily transfer videos to your computer, store them on the cloud or upload them to Facebook, all without having to worry about connecting via a wire.

Bluetooth

The Sony HDRAS300W supports bluetooth, and so does the Garmin Virb X, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Vivitar DVR936 do not. More ...

'Bluetooth' indicates whether the camcorder supports bluetooth, a communication protocol frequently used with accessories such as wireless flash units.

1h Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Sony HDRAS300W is a 2h battery life camcorder (as does the Garmin Virb X), whereas the Vivitar DVR936 is only a 1h battery life camcorder (1h shorter). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Waterproof

The Sony HDRAS300W is a waterproof camcorder (as is the Garmin Virb X), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Vivitar DVR936 are not. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

Slightly Better Overall Reviews

Based on 18 reviews, the Sony HDRAS300W has an average overall review score of 93%, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 has an average rating of 89% (based on 25 reviews), the Cisco Flip UltraHD has an average rating of 76% (based on 58 reviews), the Garmin Virb X has an average rating of 86% (based on 7 reviews) and the Vivitar DVR936 has an average rating of 73% (based on 3 reviews).

Better Brand

Sony camcorders have an average rating of 84.5%, however Canon only has an average rating of 79.3%, Cisco only has an average rating of 42.8%, Garmin only has an average rating of 40.8% and Vivitar only has an average rating of 51.6%.

Better Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Sony HDRAS300W reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRAS300W was better great video quality. Several people thought that it had a good video quality and had a great picture quality.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDRAS300W

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Sony HDRAS300W is a 1x optical zoom camcorder, and so do the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X and the Vivitar DVR936. That's 31x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x). More ...

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

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

57g Heavier

The Sony HDRAS300W has a weight of 107g, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (128g heavier), the Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 250g camcorder (143g heavier), the Garmin Virb X is a 151g camcorder (44g heavier) and the Vivitar DVR936 is a 50g camcorder (57g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

29% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDRAS300W is an 8.57MP camcorder. That's 5.29MP bigger than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3.28MP), 6.97MP bigger than the Cisco Flip UltraHD (1.6MP), 3.43MP smaller than the Garmin Virb X (12MP) and 0.57MP bigger than the Vivitar DVR936 (8MP). More ...

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).

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

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDRAS300W has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Garmin Virb X, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the Vivitar DVR936 (3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony HDRAS300W has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 88.

More Expensive by $201

The Sony HDRAS300W is $201 more expensive than the Canon Vixia HF R800 and $169 more expensive than the Vivitar DVR936.

Not As Many Stockists

The Sony HDRAS300W is only stocked by 5 shops, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is stocked by 18 retailers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by Three Months

The Sony HDRAS300W is three months older than the Canon Vixia HF R800.

User Review Rating is Worse

The Sony HDRAS300W has an average user score of 93%, but the Garmin Virb X has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews).

The cheapest price that we found for the HDRAS300W in the United States is $238.49 and in total we found 5 prices for it.

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Garmin Virb X

$299.99
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Garmin Virb X

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Garmin Virb X
12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
151g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
2h
BATTERY LIFE

The Garmin Virb X has a Kagoo Score of 82. However with a price tag of $299.99 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Garmin Virb X.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (12MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2")
Very light (151g)
Has an image stabilizer
Waterproof

A fully featured and award winning 151g, 12MP video camera, with an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS and is waterproof and Full HD. Purchasers report that this video camera it.

95
Reviews
7 Reviews + 1 Award
84
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Popularity
Quite Popular
77
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Garmin Virb X has good expert reviews and excellent user reviews with an average overall rating of 86%.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Garmin Virb X

47% Bigger Total Megapixels

The Garmin Virb X is a 12MP camcorder. That's 8.72MP bigger than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3.28MP), 10.4MP bigger than the Cisco Flip UltraHD (1.6MP) and 4MP bigger than the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 (8MP). More ...

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).

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

Full HD

The Garmin Virb X is a Full HD camcorder (as is the Vivitar DVR936), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Sony HDRAS300W are not. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

GPS

The Garmin Virb X has a GPS, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 do not have this feature. More ...

GPS denotes whether the camcorder has a GPS system built in, allowing it to record precisely where the video was taken.

Bluetooth

The Garmin Virb X supports bluetooth, and so does the Sony HDRAS300W, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Vivitar DVR936 do not. More ...

'Bluetooth' indicates whether the camcorder supports bluetooth, a communication protocol frequently used with accessories such as wireless flash units.

1h Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Garmin Virb X is a 2h battery life camcorder (as does the Sony HDRAS300W), whereas the Vivitar DVR936 is only a 1h battery life camcorder (1h shorter). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Waterproof

The Garmin Virb X is a waterproof camcorder (as is the Sony HDRAS300W), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Vivitar DVR936 are not. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

Marginally Better Expert Reviews

Based on 5 reviews, the Garmin Virb X has an average expert review score of 78%, but the Cisco Flip UltraHD has an average rating of 74% (based on 58 reviews).

Better User Reviews

Based on 2 reviews, the Garmin Virb X has an average user review score of 100%, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 has an average rating of 89% (based on 25 reviews), the Sony HDRAS300W has an average rating of 93% (based on 12 reviews) and the Vivitar DVR936 has an average rating of 73% (based on 3 reviews).

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Garmin Virb X

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Garmin Virb X is a 1x optical zoom camcorder, and so do the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936. That's 31x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x). More ...

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

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

101g Heavier

The Garmin Virb X has a weight of 151g, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (84g heavier), the Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 250g camcorder (99g heavier), the Sony HDRAS300W is a 107g camcorder (44g lighter) and the Vivitar DVR936 is a 50g camcorder (101g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Garmin Virb X has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Sony HDRAS300W, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the Vivitar DVR936 (3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Garmin Virb X has received a Kagoo Score of 82, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 88 and the Sony HDRAS300W scored 87.

More Expensive by $262

The Garmin Virb X is $262 more expensive than the Canon Vixia HF R800, $62 more expensive than the Sony HDRAS300W and $230 more expensive than the Vivitar DVR936.

Not As Many Stockists

The Garmin Virb X is only stocked by 3 retailers, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is stocked by 18 shops and the Sony HDRAS300W is stocked by 5 retailers. More ...

Fewer numbers of sellers reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by Over One Year

The Garmin Virb X is 16 months older than the Canon Vixia HF R800 and 13 months older than the Sony HDRAS300W.

Three Less Awards

The Garmin Virb X has only received 1 award, however the Cisco Flip UltraHD has received 4 awards.

Worse Brand

Garmin camcorders have an average rating of only 40.8%, however Canon has an average rating of 79.3%, Cisco has an average rating of 42.8%, Sony has an average rating of 84.5% and Vivitar has an average rating of 51.6%.

The cheapest price that we found for the Virb X in the United States is $299.99 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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Canon Vixia HF R800

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Canon Vixia HF R800
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1,140x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE
17.33h
VIDEO
RECORDING

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $37.95 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Canon Vixia HF R800 or read our article on whether you should buy a Canon camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big optical zoom (32x)
Has an image stabilizer
Big digital zoom (1,140x)
Supports HDMI
Long video recording time (17.33h)

The highest scoring camcorder under $500, with a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a digital zoom of 1,140x and supports HDMI. Customers report that this camcorder it.

96
Reviews
25 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Canon Vixia HF R800 has great user reviews with an average user rating of 89%, based on 25 reviews.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon Vixia HF R800

50% Bigger Optical Zoom

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 32x optical zoom camcorder. That's 31x bigger than the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 (1x). More ...

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

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

A Lot Larger Internal Storage Capacity

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has an internal storage capacity of 32GB, however the Cisco Flip UltraHD is only an 8GB internal storage capacity camcorder (24GB smaller). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much storage space comes pre-installed on the camcorder.

A larger internal storage means you will be able to record more video before needing to use a memory card to increase the storage capacity.

HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF R800 supports HDMI (as does the Cisco Flip UltraHD), however the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 do not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Longer Video Recording Time

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 17.33h video recording time camcorder. That's 15.33h longer than the Cisco Flip UltraHD (2h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

Better Kagoo Score

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, however the Cisco Flip UltraHD scored only 74, the Garmin Virb X scored 82, the Sony HDRAS300W scored 87 and the Vivitar DVR936 scored 79.

Cheaper by $32

The Canon Vixia HF R800 costs $262.04 less than the Garmin Virb X, costs $200.54 less than the Sony HDRAS300W and costs $32.04 less than the Vivitar DVR936.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of shops increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.

Newer by Three Months

The Canon Vixia HF R800 was released three years after the Cisco Flip UltraHD, released 16 months after the Garmin Virb X, released three months after the Sony HDRAS300W and released four years after the Vivitar DVR936

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon Vixia HF R800

A Lot Heavier

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a weight of 235g, however the Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 250g camcorder (15g heavier), the Garmin Virb X is a 151g camcorder (84g lighter), the Sony HDRAS300W is a 107g camcorder (128g lighter) and the Vivitar DVR936 is a 50g camcorder (185g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 3.28MP camcorder. That's 1.68MP bigger than the Cisco Flip UltraHD (1.6MP), 8.72MP smaller than the Garmin Virb X (12MP) and 4.72MP smaller than the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 (8MP). More ...

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).

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

Only 1920 X 1080 (Full HD) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Garmin Virb X and the Sony HDRAS300W, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the Vivitar DVR936 (3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Canon Vixia HF R800 does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Cisco Flip UltraHD), but the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 do. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Canon Vixia HF R800's average user score is 89%, however the Garmin Virb X's is 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Sony HDRAS300W's is 93% (based on 12 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Marginally Worse

The Canon Vixia HF R800's average overall score is 89%, however the Sony HDRAS300W's is 93% (based on 18 reviews).

Worse Brand

Canon camcorders have an average rating of only 79.3%, whereas Sony has an average rating of 84.5%.

The cheapest price that we found for the Vixia HF R800 in the United States is $37.95 and in total we found 18 prices for it.

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$69.99
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Vivitar DVR936

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Vivitar DVR936
8MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
50g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
1h
BATTERY LIFE
3x
(DIGITAL)

The Vivitar DVR936 has a Kagoo Score of 79. With a price tag of $69.99 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Vivitar DVR936.

Features We Love:
Lighter than average (50g)
Has an image stabilizer
3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution (3840x2160 pixels)
Full HD
Has a wireless connection

A classic and fully featured 8MP 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels resolution camcorder, with one of the lightest weights available and a low price. It has an image stabilizer and is Full HD.

89
Reviews
3 Reviews
81
Features
Fully-Featured
80
Value for Money
Very Good
79
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Purchasers report that Vivitar DVR936 has good user reviews with an average user rating of 73%.

3 Reasons For for Choosing the Vivitar DVR936

Hugely Lighter

The Vivitar DVR936 has a weight of 50g, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (185g heavier), the Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 250g camcorder (200g heavier), the Garmin Virb X is a 151g camcorder (101g heavier) and the Sony HDRAS300W is a 107g camcorder (57g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Higher Maximum Video Resolution

The Vivitar DVR936 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels, which is 4 times higher maximum video resolution as the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Garmin Virb X and the Sony HDRAS300W (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels) and 9 times higher maximum video resolution as the Cisco Flip UltraHD (1280 x 720 (HD Ready) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Full HD

The Vivitar DVR936 is a Full HD camcorder (as is the Garmin Virb X), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Cisco Flip UltraHD and the Sony HDRAS300W are not. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

10 Reasons Against for Choosing the Vivitar DVR936

97% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Vivitar DVR936 is a 1x optical zoom camcorder, and so do the Cisco Flip UltraHD, the Garmin Virb X and the Sony HDRAS300W. That's 31x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x). More ...

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

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

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Vivitar DVR936 is an 8MP camcorder. That's 4.72MP bigger than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3.28MP), 6.4MP bigger than the Cisco Flip UltraHD (1.6MP), 4MP smaller than the Garmin Virb X (12MP) and 0.57MP smaller than the Sony HDRAS300W (8.57MP). More ...

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).

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

1,137x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Vivitar DVR936 is a 3x (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 1,140x (digital) camcorder (1,137x bigger). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

A Lot Shorter Maximum Battery Life

The Vivitar DVR936 is a 1h battery life camcorder, whereas the Garmin Virb X and the Sony HDRAS300W are both 2h battery life camcorders (1h longer). More ...

'Maximum Battery Life' indicates how long the camcorder is capable of recording video for, measured in hours.

A longer battery life allows you to record video for longer before recharging the camcorder or changing the battery.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Vivitar DVR936 has received a Kagoo Score of 79, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 88, the Garmin Virb X scored 82 and the Sony HDRAS300W scored 87.

More Expensive by $32

The Vivitar DVR936 is $32 more expensive than the Canon Vixia HF R800.

Not As Many Stockists

The Vivitar DVR936 is only stocked by 2 stores, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is stocked by 18 sellers, the Garmin Virb X is stocked by 3 retailers and the Sony HDRAS300W is stocked by 5 stores. More ...

Fewer numbers of shops reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock and also reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder.
Older by Over Three Years

The Vivitar DVR936 is four years older than the Canon Vixia HF R800, six months older than the Cisco Flip UltraHD, two years older than the Garmin Virb X and three years older than the Sony HDRAS300W.

User Review Rating is Hugely Worse

The Vivitar DVR936 only has an average user score of 73%, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 has an average user rating of 89% (based on 25 reviews), the Garmin Virb X has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Sony HDRAS300W has an average user rating of 93% (based on 12 reviews).

Worse Brand

Vivitar camcorders have an average rating of only 51.6%, however Canon has an average rating of 79.3% and Sony has an average rating of 84.5%.

The cheapest price that we found for the DVR936 in the United States is $69.99 but in total we found only 2 prices for it.

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Cisco Flip UltraHD

Cisco Flip UltraHD

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1.6MP
1x
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250g
HD
READY
RESOLU-
TION
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2h
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The Cisco Flip UltraHD has a Kagoo Score of 74. With a price tag of $0.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Cisco Flip UltraHD.

Features We Love:
Has an image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Fast maximum frame rate (60fps)

Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera it. It's a multi award winning and fully featured 250g, 1.6MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a built-in display and supports HDMI.

90
Reviews
58 Reviews + 4 Awards
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Features
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74
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Multiple reviews mentioned that Cisco Flip UltraHD has good expert reviews with an average expert rating of 74%, based on 58 reviews.

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Test-Video der Cisco Flip UltraHD
Cisco Flip Video - UltraHD 3rd Gen - Sample Video
Cisco Flip Video - UltraHD 3rd Gen - Sample Video
Flip ultraHD cisco Unboxing video(With Flip video test)
Flip ultraHD cisco Unboxing video(With Flip video test)
Flip UltraHD Video Camera - review cisco
Flip UltraHD Video Camera - review cisco

2 Reasons For for Choosing the Cisco Flip UltraHD

HDMI

The Cisco Flip UltraHD supports HDMI (as does the Canon Vixia HF R800), however the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 do not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Four More Awards

The Cisco Flip UltraHD has received 4 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 has received no awards, the Garmin Virb X has received 1 award, the Sony HDRAS300W has received no awards and the Vivitar DVR936 has received no awards.

15 Reasons Against for Choosing the Cisco Flip UltraHD

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 1x optical zoom camcorder, and so do the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936. That's 31x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x). More ...

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

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

200g Heavier

The Cisco Flip UltraHD has a weight of 250g, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (15g lighter), the Garmin Virb X is a 151g camcorder (99g lighter), the Sony HDRAS300W is a 107g camcorder (143g lighter) and the Vivitar DVR936 is a 50g camcorder (200g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

87% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 1.6MP camcorder. That's 1.68MP smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3.28MP), 10.4MP smaller than the Garmin Virb X (12MP) and 6.4MP smaller than the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 (8MP). More ...

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).

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

Only 1280 X 720 (HD Ready) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The Cisco Flip UltraHD has a max video resolution of 1280 x 720 (HD Ready) pixels pixels, which is half as high maximum video resolution as the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Garmin Virb X and the Sony HDRAS300W (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels) and 9 times lower maximum video resolution as the Vivitar DVR936 (3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Not Full HD

The Cisco Flip UltraHD is not Full HD, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 are. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

24GB Smaller Internal Storage Capacity

The Cisco Flip UltraHD has an internal storage capacity of 8GB, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 32GB internal storage capacity camcorder (24GB larger). More ...

'Internal Storage Capacity' denotes how much storage space comes pre-installed on the camcorder.

A larger internal storage means you will be able to record more video before needing to use a memory card to increase the storage capacity.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Cisco Flip UltraHD does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Canon Vixia HF R800), but the Garmin Virb X, the Sony HDRAS300W and the Vivitar DVR936 do. More ...

'Built-in Flash' denotes whether the camcorder has a flash unit built into it, or whether you have to rely on natural lighting or external flash units.

89% Shorter Video Recording Time

The Cisco Flip UltraHD is a 2h video recording time camcorder. That's 15.33h shorter than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (17.33h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Cisco Flip UltraHD has only received a Kagoo Score of 74, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 88, the Garmin Virb X scored 82, the Sony HDRAS300W scored 87 and the Vivitar DVR936 scored 79.

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Older by Over Three Years

The Cisco Flip UltraHD is three years older than the Canon Vixia HF R800, 20 months older than the Garmin Virb X and three years older than the Sony HDRAS300W.

Expert Review Rating is Slightly Worse

The Cisco Flip UltraHD's average expert score is only 74%, however the Garmin Virb X's is 78% (based on 5 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Much Worse

The Cisco Flip UltraHD's average overall score is only 76%, however the Canon Vixia HF R800's is 89% (based on 25 reviews), the Garmin Virb X's is 86% (based on 7 reviews) and the Sony HDRAS300W's is 93% (based on 18 reviews).

Worse Brand

Cisco camcorders have an average rating of only 42.8%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 79.3%, Sony has an average rating of 84.5% and Vivitar has an average rating of 51.6%.

Worse Great Video Quality

On average reviewers thought the Cisco Flip UltraHD was worse great video quality.

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