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5 Best Camcorders Under $500 in the US - August 2020

Matthew
Updated 17 June 2020
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5 best camcorders under $500

What Camcorder Under $500 to Buy in July 2020?

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GoPro HERO8 Sony HDRCX405 DJI Osmo+ Panasonic HCX920 Ricoh THETA SC
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12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
126g
4K
RESOLUTION
4000 X 3000
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
9.2MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
268g
4K
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
38.28MP
12x
OPTICAL ZOOM
1"
OPTICAL
FULL
HD
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TION
417g
14MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
102g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
1h
BATTERY LIFE
97
Reviews
5 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
95
Reviews
711 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
436 Reviews + 6 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
90
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
98
Reviews
60 Reviews + 7 Awards
85
Features
Fully-Featured
79
Popularity
Quite Popular
80
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
92
Reviews
29 Reviews
84
Features
Fully-Featured
84
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
84
Kagoo Score
Excellent
An award winning and fully featured 126g, 12MP video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS and is waterproof and Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a really great picture quality, good video quality and it's very easy to use. It's a fully featured and classic 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI. The best rated video camera under $100, with an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode and is waterproof and Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera has a good video quality, it's really easy to use and good-looking. A fully featured and multi award winning 12x optical zoom, 417g video camera, with an affordable price and total megapixels. It is 3D and Full HD, has an image stabilizer and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that it has a very great picture quality, an excellent video quality and it's very easy to use. A classic and fully featured 102g, 14MP camcorder, with an affordable price. It is Full HD, supports remote operation, has a built-in microphone and features Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a very great picture quality, really great audio quality and it's very easy to use.
14 Reasons For
Higher Maximum Video Resolution
Image Stabilizer
192GB Larger Maximum Memory Card Size
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
GPS
4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Waterproof
Better Kagoo Score
More Shops Are Selling It
Newer by Three Years
Much Better User Reviews
24 Reasons For
29x Bigger Optical Zoom
Bigger Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
1 Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Faster Maximum Frame Rate
Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
Face Detection
Smile Detection
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
HDMI
Night Mode
$24 Cheaper
More Customers Recommend It
Better Brand
More Robust
Has a Better Battery Life
A Better Size
Easier to Use
More OK When it Came to Noise Level
Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Better Lens That Was Good
Better Great Video Quality
Has Many Recording Uses
14 Reasons For
3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution
Image Stabilizer
A Lot Higher Maximum Aperture Number
34% Faster Maximum Frame Rate
Remote Operation
Higher Still Image Resolution
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Longer Maximum Battery Life
Night Mode
Waterproof
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score
More Well Designed
Better Well Designed Technical Features
13 Reasons For
44% Bigger Total Megapixels
Image Stabilizer
A Lot Higher Effective Megapixels (Image)
43% Higher Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Built-in Flash
Larger Display Diagonal
3D
Built-in Microphone
HDMI
Seven More Awards
A Little Better Expert Reviews
Better Overall Reviews
3 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Higher Review Score
5 Reasons For
Hugely Lighter
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
Wi-Fi
Better Great Audio Quality
7 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
24g Heavier
69% Smaller Total Megapixels
More Expensive by $205
Six Less Awards
Expert Review Rating is a Bit Worse
Worse Brand
18 Reasons Against
32% Heavier
Hugely Smaller Total Megapixels
4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
3.4 Lower Maximum Aperture Number
Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)
Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal
60% Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Not Waterproof
Worse Kagoo Score
Fewer Sellers
Over Four Years Older
A Bit Lower Expert Review Score
A Lot Lower User Review Score
Has a Worse Design
Has Worse Technical Features
Worse Great Audio Quality
25 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom
Heavier
26.28MP Smaller Total Megapixels
A Lot Higher Minimum Aperture Number
Smaller Maximum Memory Card Size
Worse Kagoo Score
$24 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Over Two Years Older
Fewer Awards
Lower Expert Review Score
Vastly Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Lower Review Score
Less Solidly Made
Has a Worse Battery That Lasted a Long Time
Worse in Terms of Size
Harder to Use
Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level
Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Worse Lens That Was Good
Worse Great Video Quality
Worse Great Audio Quality
Has Many Recording Uses
16 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
315g Heavier
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Significantly Smaller Digital Zoom
Only 1920 X 1080 (1080p) Still Image Resolution
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $155
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Six Years
User Review Rating is Much Worse
Worse Brand
Has a Worse Battery Life
Harder to Use
Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder
Has a Worse Lens
Worse Great Video Quality
23 Reasons Against
97% Smaller Optical Zoom
Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer
62% Lower Maximum Aperture Number
30fps Slower Maximum Frame Rate
0.09m Bigger Closest Focusing Distance
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Does Not Have a Built-in Display
Only 2048 X 1024 Still Image Resolution
Does Not Support HDMI
Significantly Shorter Maximum Battery Life
Worse Kagoo Score
More Expensive by $146
Not As Many Stockists
Older by Over Two Years
Expert Review Rating is Considerably Worse
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Less Customers Recommend It
Worse Brand
2 Expert Review Sites Gave It a Lower Review Score
Harder to Use
Worse Great Video Quality
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GoPro HERO8

$275.00
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GoPro HERO8

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GoPro HERO8
12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
126g
4K
RESOLUTION
4000 X 3000
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
256GB
MAXIMUM

The GoPro HERO8 has a Kagoo Score of 88. However with a price tag of $275.00 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the GoPro HERO8.

Features We Love:
Time Lapse
Big total megapixels (12MP)
Very light (126g)
Image stabilizer
4000 x 3000 still image resolution

An award winning and fully featured 126g, 12MP video camera, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS and is waterproof and Full HD.

97
Reviews
5 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that GoPro HERO8 has very good expert reviews and terrific user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%.

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14 Reasons For for Choosing the GoPro HERO8

Higher Maximum Video Resolution

The GoPro HERO8 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels, and so is the DJI Osmo+, which is 4 times higher maximum video resolution as the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

Image Stabilizer

The GoPro HERO8 has an image stabilizer (as do the DJI Osmo+, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Sony HDRCX405), however the Ricoh THETA SC does not have this feature. More ...

'Image Stabilizer' denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

192GB Larger Maximum Memory Card Size

The GoPro HERO8 has a maximum memory card size of 256, but the DJI Osmo+ is only a 64GB maximum memory card size camcorder (192GB smaller). More ...

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

Built-in Flash

The GoPro HERO8 has a built-in flash (as does the Panasonic HCX920), whereas the DJI Osmo+, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 do not have this feature. 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.

Remote Operation

The GoPro HERO8 supports remote operation, and so do the DJI Osmo+, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405, but the Panasonic HCX920 does 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.

GPS

The GoPro HERO8 has a GPS, however the DJI Osmo+, the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 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.

4000 X 3000 Still Image Resolution

The GoPro HERO8 supports a still image resolution of 4000 x 3000 (as does the DJI Osmo+), whereas the Panasonic HCX920 supports a still image resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p) and the Ricoh THETA SC supports a still image resolution of 2048 x 1024. More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Wi-Fi

The GoPro HERO8 features Wi-Fi (as do the DJI Osmo+ and the Ricoh THETA SC), whereas the Panasonic HCX920 and the Sony HDRCX405 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 GoPro HERO8 supports bluetooth, and so does the DJI Osmo+, whereas the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. More ...

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

Waterproof

The GoPro HERO8 is a waterproof camcorder (as is the DJI Osmo+), however the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 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!

Better Kagoo Score

The GoPro HERO8 has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the DJI Osmo+ scored 87, the Panasonic HCX920 scored 84, the Ricoh THETA SC scored 84 and the Sony HDRCX405 scored 86.

More Shops Are Selling It

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

Newer by Three Years

The GoPro HERO8 is three years newer than the DJI Osmo+, six years newer than the Panasonic HCX920, three years newer than the Ricoh THETA SC and five years newer than the Sony HDRCX405

Much Better User Reviews

Based on 2 user reviews, the GoPro HERO8 has an average review score of 100%, whereas the DJI Osmo+ has an average rating of 78% (based on 333 reviews), the Panasonic HCX920 has an average rating of 90% (based on 44 reviews), the Ricoh THETA SC has an average rating of 87% (based on 22 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX405 has an average rating of 88% (based on 697 reviews).

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the GoPro HERO8

Smaller Optical Zoom

The GoPro HERO8 is a 1 optical zoom camcorder, and so do the DJI Osmo+ and the Ricoh THETA SC. That's 11x smaller than the Panasonic HCX920 (12x) and 29x smaller than the Sony HDRCX405 (30x). 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.

24g Heavier

The GoPro HERO8 has a weight of 126, whereas the DJI Osmo+ is a 268g camcorder (142g heavier), the Panasonic HCX920 is a 417g camcorder (291g heavier), the Ricoh THETA SC is a 102g camcorder (24g lighter) and the Sony HDRCX405 is a 190g camcorder (64g 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.

69% Smaller Total Megapixels

The GoPro HERO8 is a 12 camcorder, and so does the DJI Osmo+. That's 26.28MP smaller than the Panasonic HCX920 (38.28MP), 2MP smaller than the Ricoh THETA SC (14MP) and 2.8MP bigger than the Sony HDRCX405 (9.2MP). 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.

More Expensive by $205

The GoPro HERO8 is $181 more expensive than the DJI Osmo+, $50 more expensive than the Panasonic HCX920, $59 more expensive than the Ricoh THETA SC and $205 more expensive than the Sony HDRCX405.

Six Less Awards

The GoPro HERO8 has only received 1 award, but the DJI Osmo+ has received 6 awards and the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Expert Review Rating is a Bit Worse

The average expert rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 90%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic HCX920 is 91% (based on 16 reviews).

Worse Brand

GoPro camcorders have an average rating of only 92.6%, but Sony has an average rating of 94.9%.

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Sony HDRCX405

$70.00
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Sony HDRCX405

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Sony HDRCX405
9.2MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
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1"
OPTICAL
0.92h
BATTERY LIFE
9.2 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.29 MP STILL
IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
350x
(DIGITAL)
HD

The Sony HDRCX405 has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $70.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDRCX405 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (9.2MP)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Very light (190g)
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI

Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a really great picture quality, good video quality and it's very easy to use. It's a fully featured and classic 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a night mode and a face detection and supports HDMI.

95
Reviews
711 Reviews
85
Features
Fully-Featured
88
Popularity
Widely Available
85
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Purchasers report that Sony HDRCX405 has very good user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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Sony HDRCX405 Review
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24 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDRCX405

29x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Sony HDRCX405 has an optical zoom of 30, whereas the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh THETA SC are all only 1x optical zoom camcorders (29x smaller) and the Panasonic HCX920 is only a 12x optical zoom camcorder (18x smaller). 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.

Bigger Digital Zoom

The Sony HDRCX405 has a digital zoom of 350. That's 310x bigger than the Panasonic HCX920 (40x). 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.

Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDRCX405 has an image stabilizer, and so do the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8 and the Panasonic HCX920, however the Ricoh THETA SC does not. More ...

'Image Stabilizer' denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

1 Lower Minimum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRCX405 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8, however the DJI Osmo+ is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Faster Maximum Frame Rate

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 60 camcorder, and so does the DJI Osmo+. That's 30fps faster than the Ricoh THETA SC (30fps). More ...

'Maximum Frame Rate' denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

Smaller Closest Focusing Distance

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 0.01 closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.09m smaller than the Ricoh THETA SC (0.1m). More ...

'Closest Focusing Distance' indicates the closest distance that the camcorder can be from the subject to achieve a perfect focus. Any closer than this and the subject will be blurry.

A smaller focusing distance means that you can get closer to subjects while filming and still keep in full focus.

Face Detection

The Sony HDRCX405 has a face detection, whereas the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC do not. More ...

'Face Detection' indicates whether the camcorder has the ability to detect faces while recording, allowing it to automatically make sure they remain in full focus.

Face detection makes it far easier to make sure that people always appear in full focus, meaning no messed up videos due to bad focus.

Smile Detection

The Sony HDRCX405 features smile detection, whereas the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC do not. More ...

Smile detection is a system to automatically detect when people in the camcorder's shot are smiling, and pull focus towards them to make sure they're always in full focus.

Remote Operation

The Sony HDRCX405 supports remote operation (as do the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh THETA SC), but the Panasonic HCX920 does not support this feature. 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 HDRCX405 has a built-in microphone (as do the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC), however the DJI Osmo+ and the GoPro HERO8 do not have this feature. 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.

HDMI

The Sony HDRCX405 supports HDMI, and so does the Panasonic HCX920, whereas the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh THETA SC do not. 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!

Night Mode

The Sony HDRCX405 has a night mode (as does the DJI Osmo+), but the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC do not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

$24 Cheaper

The Sony HDRCX405 is $23.95 cheaper than the DJI Osmo+, $205 cheaper than the GoPro HERO8, $155 cheaper than the Panasonic HCX920 and $146 cheaper than the Ricoh THETA SC.

More Customers Recommend It

64.3% of 701 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405, but only 10.5% of 455 customers recommend the DJI Osmo+ and only 13.3% of 45 customers recommend the Ricoh THETA SC.

Better Brand

Sony camcorders have an average rating of 94.9%, but DJI only has an average rating of 68.7%, GoPro only has an average rating of 92.6%, Panasonic only has an average rating of 88.7% and Ricoh only has an average rating of 82.6%.

More Robust

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was more robust. Several people thought that it was very well made, strong and durable and was reliable.

Has a Better Battery Life

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better battery life. More than 10 people thought that it had an excellent battery life and eight people thought that it was also quick to charge.

A Better Size

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was a better size. More than 30 people thought that it was very lightweight and more than 10 people thought that it was also a good size and was very compact. Our analysis also found that more than 10 people thought that it was really easy to carry around and two people thought that it also wasn't heavy and bulky.

Easier to Use

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 was easier to use. More than 100 people thought that it was very easy to use and several people thought that it was also very easy to setup, was comfortable and easy to hold and had a good interface.

More OK When it Came to Noise Level

Our analysis of the Sony HDRCX405 reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was more OK when it came to noise level. More than 10 people thought that it was really quiet and three people thought that it also wasn't noisy.

Has a Better Screen or Viewfinder

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better screen or viewfinder. Several people thought that it had a good screen and had a brilliant viewfinder.

Has a Better Lens That Was Good

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a better lens that was good. More than 40 people thought that it had a very good zoom and several people thought that it also had an outstanding lens, had a good image stabiliser and autofocus.

Better Great Video Quality

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was better great video quality. Over 100 people thought that it had a good video quality and more than 90 people thought that it also had a very great picture quality. Eight people also thought that it had a very great recording quality.

Has Many Recording Uses

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has many recording uses. Several people thought that it is good for low-light recording and is good for sports recording.

18 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDRCX405

32% Heavier

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 190 camcorder. That's 78g lighter than the DJI Osmo+ (268g), 64g heavier than the GoPro HERO8 (126g), 227g lighter than the Panasonic HCX920 (417g) and 88g heavier than the Ricoh THETA SC (102g). More ...

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

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

Hugely Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDRCX405 has a total megapixels of 9.2, but the DJI Osmo+ and the GoPro HERO8 are both 12MP camcorders (2.8MP bigger), the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (29.08MP bigger) and the Ricoh THETA SC is a 14MP camcorder (4.8MP bigger). 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.

4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony HDRCX405 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC), however the DJI Osmo+ and the GoPro HERO8 have a max video resolution of 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.

3.4 Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRCX405 has a maximum aperture number of 1.8, however the DJI Osmo+ is a 5.2 maximum aperture value camcorder (3.4 higher) and the Ricoh THETA SC is a 2 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.2 higher). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

Lower Effective Megapixels (Image)

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 2.29 camcorder. That's 6.2MP lower than the Panasonic HCX920 (8.49MP). More ...

The resolution of the images a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image. While a higher image resolution generally results in sharper images, only a relatively low megapixel count is required when printing the image at a small size or to display it on a computer screen.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed photos and the image will appear sharper. Images with more megapixels can also be printed at a larger size.

Hugely Lower Effective Megapixels (Movie)

Sony HDRCX405 is only 2.29 (movie mode), but the Panasonic HCX920 is an 8.49MP (movie mode) camcorder (6.2MP higher). More ...

The resolution of the videos a camcorder produces is measured in megapixels (MP). One megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels and is a result of the pixel width multiplied by the pixel height of the image.

A sensor with more megapixels will be able to capture more detailed frames and the videos will appear sharper.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Sony HDRCX405 does not have a built-in flash (As does the the Ricoh THETA SC), however the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8 and the Panasonic HCX920 have this feature. 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.

0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal

The Sony HDRCX405 is a 2.7 screen size camcorder, whereas the Panasonic HCX920 is a 3.5" screen size camcorder (0.8" larger). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

60% Shorter Maximum Battery Life

The Sony HDRCX405 has a maximum battery life of 0.92. That's 1.33h shorter than the DJI Osmo+ (2.25h) and 0.08h shorter than the Ricoh THETA SC (1h). 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.

Not Waterproof

The Sony HDRCX405 is not waterproof, but the DJI Osmo+, the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC are. 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!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony HDRCX405 has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the DJI Osmo+ scored 87 and the GoPro HERO8 scored 88.

Fewer Sellers

Only 8 shops sells the Sony HDRCX405, but 11 retailers sell the DJI Osmo+ and 13 stores sell the GoPro HERO8. More ...

The smaller the number of stores that stock this camcorder, the lower the competition amongst stores to keep prices low.
Over Four Years Older

The Sony HDRCX405 is older than the DJI Osmo+ by 23 months, older than the GoPro HERO8 by five years and older than the Ricoh THETA SC by 22 months.

A Bit Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 90%, whereas the average expert rating of the Panasonic HCX920 is 91% (based on 16 reviews).

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the Sony HDRCX405 is 88%, whereas the average user rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Panasonic HCX920 is 90% (based on 44 reviews).

Has a Worse Design

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has a worse design.

Has Worse Technical Features

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 has worse technical features.

Worse Great Audio Quality

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX405 was worse great audio quality.

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12MP
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268g
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The DJI Osmo+ has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $93.95 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the DJI Osmo+.

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The best rated video camera under $100, with an affordable price. It has an image stabilizer and a night mode and is waterproof and Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that this video camera has a good video quality, it's really easy to use and good-looking.

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Multiple reviews mentioned that DJI Osmo+ has great expert reviews and good user reviews with 75% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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14 Reasons For for Choosing the DJI Osmo+

3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The DJI Osmo+ has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels (as is the GoPro HERO8), but the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 have a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 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.

Image Stabilizer

The DJI Osmo+ has an image stabilizer, and so do the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Sony HDRCX405, but the Ricoh THETA SC does not. More ...

'Image Stabilizer' denotes whether the camcorder has an Image stabiliser system - a function that smooths out the movement of the camera.

Image stabilization allows for far smoother videos, and lessens the amount of jerky movement that comes with handheld recording.

A Lot Higher Maximum Aperture Number

DJI Osmo+ is 5.2 maximum aperture value, but the Ricoh THETA SC is only a 2 maximum aperture value camcorder (3.2 lower) and the Sony HDRCX405 is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (3.4 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a larger aperture number translates to a smaller hole, therefore a smaller amount of light will be let through.

A larger aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to close to a very small hole, letting in very little light. This can be used for very tight depths of field shots, allowing on a single part of the photo to be in full focus, leading to some very nice artistic shots.

34% Faster Maximum Frame Rate

The DJI Osmo+ is a 60 camcorder, and so does the Sony HDRCX405. That's 30fps faster than the Ricoh THETA SC (30fps). More ...

'Maximum Frame Rate' denotes how many frames per second (fps) are captured and displayed when recording video.

A higher fps means that the camcorder is recording far more frames for every second of footage, leading to a far smoother and more fluid video - the action will be less jerky and look of a higher quality.

Remote Operation

The DJI Osmo+ supports remote operation (as do the GoPro HERO8, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405), whereas the Panasonic HCX920 does not support this feature. 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.

Higher Still Image Resolution

The DJI Osmo+ supports a still image resolution of 4000 x 3000, and so does the GoPro HERO8, which is 6 times higher still image resolution as the Panasonic HCX920 (1920 x 1080 (1080p)) and 6 times higher still image resolution as the Ricoh THETA SC (2048 x 1024). More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Wi-Fi

The DJI Osmo+ features Wi-Fi, and so do the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh THETA SC, however the Panasonic HCX920 and the Sony HDRCX405 do not. 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 DJI Osmo+ supports bluetooth (as does the GoPro HERO8), however the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 do not support this feature. More ...

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

Longer Maximum Battery Life

DJI Osmo+ is 2.25 battery life. That's 1.25h longer than the Ricoh THETA SC (1h) and 1.33h longer than the Sony HDRCX405 (0.92h). 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.

Night Mode

The DJI Osmo+ has a night mode (as does the Sony HDRCX405), whereas the GoPro HERO8, the Panasonic HCX920 and the Ricoh THETA SC do not have this feature. More ...

'Night Mode' denotes whether the camcorder has a special mode for shooting video at night - it does this by upping the light taken in by the lens of the camcorder, leading to a brighter recorded image.

Camcorders usually struggle to record video in low-light conditions - a specially designed night mode fixes that.

Waterproof

The DJI Osmo+ is waterproof, and so is the GoPro HERO8, but the Panasonic HCX920, the Ricoh THETA SC and the Sony HDRCX405 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!

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Higher Review Score

Les Numeriques.com all gave the DJI Osmo+ a better review score. More ...

Les Numeriques.com: DJI Osmo+ = 100% vs Ricoh THETA SC = 60%
More Well Designed

On average reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was more well designed. More than 30 people thought that it was good-looking and more than 20 people thought that it was also very smooth. Looking through the reviews we also noticed that several people thought that it was very well designed, had a good form factor and was ergonomic.

Better Well Designed Technical Features

The DJI Osmo+ reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was better well designed technical features. Over 10 people thought that it had good features.

25 Reasons Against for Choosing the DJI Osmo+

Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom

The DJI Osmo+ has an optical zoom of 1 (as do the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh THETA SC), however the Panasonic HCX920 is a 12x optical zoom camcorder (11x bigger) and the Sony HDRCX405 is a 30x optical zoom camcorder (29x bigger). 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.

Heavier

The DJI Osmo+ is a 268 camcorder. That's 142g heavier than the GoPro HERO8 (126g), 149g lighter than the Panasonic HCX920 (417g), 166g heavier than the Ricoh THETA SC (102g) and 78g heavier than the Sony HDRCX405 (190g). More ...

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

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

26.28MP Smaller Total Megapixels

The DJI Osmo+ has a total megapixels of 12 (as does the GoPro HERO8), whereas the Panasonic HCX920 is a 38.28MP camcorder (26.28MP bigger), the Ricoh THETA SC is a 14MP camcorder (2MP bigger) and the Sony HDRCX405 is a 9.2MP camcorder (2.8MP smaller). 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.

A Lot Higher Minimum Aperture Number

DJI Osmo+ is 2.8 minimum aperture, but the Sony HDRCX405 is a 1.8 minimum aperture camcorder (1 lower). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Smaller Maximum Memory Card Size

The DJI Osmo+ is a 64 maximum memory card size camcorder. That's 192GB smaller than the GoPro HERO8 (256GB). More ...

Using memory cards in addition to the camcorder's internal storage increases the time the camcorder can record video.

Using a larger memory card allows the user to record video for longer and at higher resolution.

Worse Kagoo Score

The DJI Osmo+ has received a Kagoo Score of 87, however the GoPro HERO8 scored 88.

$24 More Expensive

The DJI Osmo+ is more expensive than the Sony HDRCX405 by $24.

Less Retailers

Only 11 retailers sells the DJI Osmo+, whereas 13 retailers sell the GoPro HERO8. More ...

Smaller numbers of retailers reduces the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also reduces the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Over Two Years Older

The DJI Osmo+ is older than the GoPro HERO8 by three years.

Fewer Awards

Whilst the DJI Osmo+ has received 6 awards, the Panasonic HCX920 has received 7 awards.

Lower Expert Review Score

The DJI Osmo+'s average expert rating is 86%, however the GoPro HERO8's is 90% (based on 3 reviews), the Panasonic HCX920's is 91% (based on 16 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX405's is 90% (based on 1 review).

Vastly Lower User Review Score

The DJI Osmo+'s average user rating is only 78%, however the GoPro HERO8's is 100% (based on 2 reviews), the Panasonic HCX920's is 90% (based on 44 reviews), the Ricoh THETA SC's is 87% (based on 22 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX405's is 88% (based on 697 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend It

Only 10.5% of 455 customers recommend the DJI Osmo+, whereas 13.3% of 45 customers recommend the Ricoh THETA SC and 64.3% of 701 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX405.

Worse Brand

DJI camcorders have an average rating of only 68.7%, whereas GoPro has an average rating of 92.6%, Panasonic has an average rating of 88.7%, Ricoh has an average rating of 82.6% and Sony has an average rating of 94.9%.

1 Expert Review Site Gave It a Lower Review Score

Trusted Reviews all gave the DJI Osmo+ a lower review score. More ...

Trusted Reviews: DJI Osmo+ = 80% vs Panasonic HCX920 = 100%
Less Solidly Made

On average reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was less solidly made.

Has a Worse Battery That Lasted a Long Time

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DJI Osmo+ has a worse battery that lasted a long time.

Worse in Terms of Size

Our analysis of the DJI Osmo+ reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was worse in terms of size.

Harder to Use

The DJI Osmo+ reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was harder to use.

Has a Worse Acceptable Noise Level

The DJI Osmo+ reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ has a worse acceptable noise level.

Has a Worse Screen or Viewfinder

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DJI Osmo+ has a worse screen or viewfinder.

Has a Worse Lens That Was Good

Our analysis of the DJI Osmo+ reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ has a worse lens that was good.

Worse Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the DJI Osmo+ reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ was worse great video quality.

Worse Great Audio Quality

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the DJI Osmo+ was worse great audio quality.

Has Many Recording Uses

On average reviewers thought the DJI Osmo+ has many recording uses.

The cheapest price that we could find for the Osmo+ in the US is $93.95 and in total we found 11 prices for it.

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