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

Updated 17 December 2019 by Matthew
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5 best camcorders under $500

Which Are the Best Camcorders Under $500?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best camcorders under $500? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best camcorders under $500 are:


What Camcorder Under $500 to Buy in January 2020?

Let's take a look at the top 5 camcorders under $500 currently for sale in the US, compared side by side:

Best Buy Great Price
GoPro HERO8 Zoom Q2N Sony HDRCX440B Canon Vixia HF R800 Ricoh Theta S
GoPro HERO8 Zoom Q2N Sony HDRCX440B Canon Vixia HF R800 Ricoh Theta S
$334.00 Buy Now
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$110.00 Buy Now
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$195.00 Buy Now
SaveCentral Outlet
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$144.00 Buy Now
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12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
126g
4K
RESOLUTION
12 MEGAPIXEL
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
3MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
90g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3h
BATTERY LIFE
2.29MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
3.28MP
32x
OPTICAL ZOOM
235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
14MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
125g
1h
BATTERY LIFE
97
Reviews
5 Reviews + 1 Award
86
Features
Fully-Featured
91
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
96
Reviews
71 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
97
Reviews
122 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
86
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent
93
Reviews
26 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
92
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
87
Kagoo Score
Excellent
94
Reviews
327 Reviews + 5 Awards
86
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
84
Value for Money
Very Good
86
Kagoo Score
Excellent
The highest scoring camcorder under $500, with a cheap price and the latest technology. It has an image stabilizer and a GPS and is waterproof and Full HD. A fully featured and astoundingly highly rated 90g, 3MP video camera, with an affordable price. It has a built-in display and a built-in microphone, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a great audio quality, good video quality and it's quiet. A top-rated and fully featured 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer and features Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use. A very highly rated and fully featured 32x optical zoom, 235g camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a digital zoom of 1,140x and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has an excellent image stabiliser and video quality, and it's really easy to use. A multi award winning and fully featured 125g, 14MP video camera, with a good price. It supports HDMI and remote operation, is Full HD and has a built-in microphone. Our review analysis indicates that it has a great picture quality, good video quality and it's very easy to use.
13 Reasons For
3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution
Image Stabilizer
Full HD
Built-in Flash
Remote Operation
GPS
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Waterproof
Better Kagoo Score
Three Years Newer
Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better
User Reviews Are Appreciably Better
8 Reasons For
145g Lighter
Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Full HD
Built-in Microphone
HDMI
2h Longer Maximum Battery Life
Better Kagoo Score
Cheaper by $34
8 Reasons For
Image Stabilizer
Wi-Fi
Better Kagoo Score
More Customers Recommend it
Better Brand
More Fairly Priced
Has a Better Lens
Better Great Video Quality
10 Reasons For
31x Bigger Optical Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Faster Maximum Frame Rate
43% Larger Internal Storage Capacity
Smaller Closest Focusing Distance
1.23" Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
A Lot Longer Video Recording Time
More Shops Are Selling it
Better Brand
10 Reasons For
11.71MP Bigger Total Megapixels
Slightly Higher Maximum Aperture Number
Full HD
Remote Operation
Built-in Microphone
HDMI
Wi-Fi
Five More Awards
Better in Terms of Size
Easier to Use
7 Reasons Against
Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom
23% Heavier
2MP Smaller Total Megapixels
$224 More Expensive
Less Retailers
Fewer Awards
Worse Brand
18 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
79% Smaller Total Megapixels
4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer
A Lot Slower Maximum Frame Rate
A Lot Bigger Closest Focusing Distance
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Smaller Display Diagonal
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Much Worse
Overall Review Rating is Worse
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Has a Worse Price
Harder to Use
Has a Worse Lens
Worse Great Video Quality
12 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
100g Heavier
84% Smaller Total Megapixels
4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Lower Maximum Aperture Number
More Expensive by $85
Fewer Sellers
Older by Over Two Years
User Review Rating is Much Worse
Overall Review Rating is Slightly Worse
Worse in Terms of Size
Harder to Use
9 Reasons Against
39% Heavier
Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Worse Kagoo Score
$69 More Expensive
Over Two Years Older
Hugely Lower Expert Review Score
A Lot Lower User Review Score
21 Reasons Against
Significantly Smaller Optical Zoom
35g Heavier
4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer
50% Slower Maximum Frame Rate
Smaller Internal Storage Capacity
48% Bigger Closest Focusing Distance
Does Not Have a Built-in Flash
Does Not Have a Built-in Display
Shorter Maximum Battery Life
14.43h Shorter Video Recording Time
Worse Kagoo Score
$34 More Expensive
Fewer Sellers
Over Three Years Older
Appreciably Lower Expert Review Score
Appreciably Lower User Review Score
Less Customers Recommend it
Worse Brand
Less Fairly Priced
Worse Great Video Quality
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GoPro HERO8

$334.00
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GoPro HERO8

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GoPro HERO8
12MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
126g
4K
RESOLUTION
12 MEGAPIXEL
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION

The GoPro HERO8 has a Kagoo Score of 88. However with a price tag of $334.00 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
Waterproof

The highest scoring camcorder under $500, with a cheap price and the latest technology. 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
84
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Customers report that GoPro HERO8 has very good expert reviews and outstanding user reviews with an average overall rating of 94%.

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13 Reasons For for Choosing the GoPro HERO8

3840 X 2160 (4K) Pixels Pixels Resolution

The GoPro HERO8 has a max video resolution of 3840 x 2160 (4K) pixels pixels, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N 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 GoPro HERO8 has an image stabilizer, and so do the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Sony HDRCX440B, but the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N do 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.

Full HD

The GoPro HERO8 is Full HD, and so are the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Built-in Flash

The GoPro HERO8 has a built-in flash, however the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N do not. 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 (as does the Ricoh Theta S), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N do 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.

GPS

The GoPro HERO8 has a GPS, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N do not. More ...

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

Wi-Fi

The GoPro HERO8 features Wi-Fi, and so do the Ricoh Theta S and the Sony HDRCX440B, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N 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 GoPro HERO8 supports bluetooth, however the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N 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.

Waterproof

The GoPro HERO8 is waterproof, but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N 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, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 87 and the Ricoh Theta S scored 86.

Three Years Newer

The GoPro HERO8 was released three years later than the Canon Vixia HF R800, released four years later than the Ricoh Theta S, released three years later than the Sony HDRCX440B and released three years later than the Zoom Q2N

Expert Reviews Are Appreciably Better

Based on 3 expert reviews, the average review score of the GoPro HERO8 is 90%, however the average rating of the Canon Vixia HF R800 is 70% (based on 1 review) and the average rating of the Ricoh Theta S is 73% (based on 71 reviews).

User Reviews Are Appreciably Better

Based on 2 user reviews, the average review score of the GoPro HERO8 is 100%, however the average rating of the Canon Vixia HF R800 is 89% (based on 25 reviews), the average rating of the Ricoh Theta S is 84% (based on 256 reviews), the average rating of the Sony HDRCX440B is 90% (based on 122 reviews) and the average rating of the Zoom Q2N is 87% (based on 71 reviews).

7 Reasons Against for Choosing the GoPro HERO8

Vastly Smaller Optical Zoom

The GoPro HERO8 has an optical zoom of 1 (as do the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N), however the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 32x optical zoom camcorder (31x bigger) and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

23% Heavier

The GoPro HERO8 is a 126 camcorder. That's 109g lighter than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (235g), 1g heavier than the Ricoh Theta S (125g), 64g lighter than the Sony HDRCX440B (190g) and 36g heavier than the Zoom Q2N (90g). More ...

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

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

2MP Smaller Total Megapixels

The GoPro HERO8 has a total megapixels of 12, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N are both 3MP camcorders (9MP smaller), the Ricoh Theta S is a 14MP camcorder (2MP bigger) and the Sony HDRCX440B is a 2.29MP camcorder (9.71MP 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.

$224 More Expensive

The GoPro HERO8 is more expensive than the Canon Vixia HF R800 by $155, more expensive than the Ricoh Theta S by $190, more expensive than the Sony HDRCX440B by $139 and more expensive than the Zoom Q2N by $224.

Less Retailers

Only 15 retailers sells the GoPro HERO8, whereas 21 shops sell the Canon Vixia HF R800. 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.
Fewer Awards

Whilst the GoPro HERO8 has received 1 award, the Ricoh Theta S has received 5 awards.

Worse Brand

GoPro camcorders have an average rating of only 92%, whereas Canon has an average rating of 95% and Sony has an average rating of 95%.

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Zoom Q2N

$110.00
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Zoom Q2N

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Zoom Q2N
3MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
90g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
3h
BATTERY LIFE
1.77"
SCREEN SIZE
128GB
MAXIMUM

The Zoom Q2N has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $110.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Zoom Q2N.

Features We Love:
Very light (90g)
Supports HDMI
Large maximum memory card size (128GB)
Full HD
Built-in microphone

A fully featured and astoundingly highly rated 90g, 3MP video camera, with an affordable price. It has a built-in display and a built-in microphone, supports HDMI and is Full HD. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has a great audio quality, good video quality and it's quiet.

96
Reviews
71 Reviews
87
Features
Fully-Featured
87
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Zoom Q2N has very good user reviews with 86% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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Billy Drum is testing out the Zoom Q2n - 4K
Billy Drum is testing out the Zoom Q2n - 4K

8 Reasons For for Choosing the Zoom Q2N

145g Lighter

The Zoom Q2N has a weight of 90, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (145g heavier), the GoPro HERO8 is a 126g camcorder (36g heavier), the Ricoh Theta S is a 125g camcorder (35g heavier) and the Sony HDRCX440B is a 190g camcorder (100g 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 Aperture Number

The Zoom Q2N has a maximum aperture number of 2, and so does the Ricoh Theta S. That's 0.2 higher than the Sony HDRCX440B (1.8). 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.

Full HD

The Zoom Q2N is a Full HD camcorder (as are the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh Theta S), however the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Built-in Microphone

The Zoom Q2N has a built-in microphone, and so does the Ricoh Theta S, however the Canon Vixia HF R800, the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

HDMI

The Zoom Q2N supports HDMI (as do the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Ricoh Theta S), whereas the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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!

2h Longer Maximum Battery Life

The Zoom Q2N has a maximum battery life of 3, however the Ricoh Theta S is only a 1h battery life camcorder (2h 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Zoom Q2N has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 87 and the Ricoh Theta S scored 86.

Cheaper by $34

The Zoom Q2N is $69.29 cheaper than the Canon Vixia HF R800, $224 cheaper than the GoPro HERO8, $34 cheaper than the Ricoh Theta S and $85 cheaper than the Sony HDRCX440B.

18 Reasons Against for Choosing the Zoom Q2N

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Zoom Q2N is a 1 optical zoom camcorder, and so do the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh Theta S. That's 31x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x) and 29x smaller than the Sony HDRCX440B (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.

79% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Zoom Q2N is a 3 camcorder. That's 0.28MP smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3.28MP), 9MP smaller than the GoPro HERO8 (12MP), 11MP smaller than the Ricoh Theta S (14MP) and 0.71MP bigger than the Sony HDRCX440B (2.29MP). 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 Zoom Q2N has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S and the Sony HDRCX440B, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the GoPro HERO8 (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 an Image Stabilizer

The Zoom Q2N does not have an image stabilizer (As does the the Ricoh Theta S), but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B do. 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 Slower Maximum Frame Rate

The Zoom Q2N has a maximum frame rate of 30 (as does the Ricoh Theta S), but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 60fps camcorder (30fps faster). 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.

A Lot Bigger Closest Focusing Distance

The Zoom Q2N has a closest focusing distance of 0.36, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Ricoh Theta S are both 0.1m closest focusing distance camcorders (0.26m smaller). 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Zoom Q2N does not have a built-in flash (As do the the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Ricoh Theta S), however the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Smaller Display Diagonal

The Zoom Q2N is a 1.77 screen size camcorder. That's 1.23" smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (3"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

Fewer Sellers

The Zoom Q2N is only stocked by 8 shops, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is stocked by 21 shops, the GoPro HERO8 is stocked by 15 sellers and the Ricoh Theta S is stocked by 10 sellers. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over Two Years

The Zoom Q2N is three years older than the GoPro HERO8 and one month older than the Sony HDRCX440B. The Zoom Q2N is the same age as the Canon Vixia HF R800.

User Review Rating is Much Worse

The average user rating of the Zoom Q2N is 87%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Vixia HF R800 is 89% (based on 25 reviews), the GoPro HERO8 is 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX440B is 90% (based on 122 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Worse

The average overall rating of the Zoom Q2N is 87%, whereas the average overall rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 94% (based on 5 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX440B is 90% (based on 122 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 7.9% of 152 customers recommend the Zoom Q2N, but 23.7% of 396 customers recommend the Ricoh Theta S and 62.7% of 161 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX440B.

Worse Brand

Zoom camcorders have an average rating of only 83%, but Canon has an average rating of 95%, GoPro has an average rating of 92% and Sony has an average rating of 95%.

Has a Worse Price

On average reviewers thought the Zoom Q2N has a worse price.

Harder to Use

On average reviewers thought the Zoom Q2N was harder to use.

Has a Worse Lens

On average reviewers thought the Zoom Q2N has a worse lens.

Worse Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Zoom Q2N reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Zoom Q2N was worse great video quality.

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Sony HDRCX440B

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Sony HDRCX440B

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Sony HDRCX440B
2.29MP
30x
OPTICAL ZOOM
190g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION

The Sony HDRCX440B has a Kagoo Score of 88. With a price tag of $195.00 this camcorder is fair value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony HDRCX440B or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Very light (190g)
Big optical zoom (30x)
Image stabilizer
Features Wi-Fi
Tripod mountable

A top-rated and fully featured 30x optical zoom, 190g camcorder, with a cheap price. It has an image stabilizer and features Wi-Fi. Multiple reviews mentioned that this camcorder has a great picture quality, good video quality and it's really easy to use.

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Features
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86
Popularity
Widely Available
86
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88
Kagoo Score
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Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony HDRCX440B has very good user reviews with 94% of buyers recommending this camcorder to others.

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8 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony HDRCX440B

Image Stabilizer

The Sony HDRCX440B has an image stabilizer (as do the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the GoPro HERO8), however the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N do 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.

Wi-Fi

The Sony HDRCX440B features Wi-Fi (as do the GoPro HERO8 and the Ricoh Theta S), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N 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.

Better Kagoo Score

The Sony HDRCX440B has received a Kagoo Score of 88, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 87 and the Ricoh Theta S scored 86.

More Customers Recommend it

62.7% of 161 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX440B, but only 23.7% of 396 customers recommend the Ricoh Theta S and only 7.9% of 152 customers recommend the Zoom Q2N.

Better Brand

Sony camcorders have an average rating of 95%, but GoPro only has an average rating of 92%, Ricoh only has an average rating of 82.7% and Zoom only has an average rating of 83%.

More Fairly Priced

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX440B was more fairly priced.

Has a Better Lens

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX440B has a better lens. Over 10 people thought that it had a brilliant zoom.

Better Great Video Quality

Our analysis of the Sony HDRCX440B reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX440B was better great video quality. More than 20 people thought that it had a good video quality and several people thought that it also had a great picture quality and great recording quality.

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony HDRCX440B

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Sony HDRCX440B is a 30 optical zoom camcorder. That's 2x smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32x) and 29x bigger than the GoPro HERO8, the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N (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.

100g Heavier

The Sony HDRCX440B has a weight of 190, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235g camcorder (45g heavier), the GoPro HERO8 is a 126g camcorder (64g lighter), the Ricoh Theta S is a 125g camcorder (65g lighter) and the Zoom Q2N is a 90g camcorder (100g 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.

84% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony HDRCX440B is a 2.29 camcorder. That's 0.71MP smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N (3MP), 9.71MP smaller than the GoPro HERO8 (12MP) and 11.71MP smaller than the Ricoh Theta S (14MP). 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 HDRCX440B has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so are the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N, which is 4 times lower maximum video resolution as the GoPro HERO8 (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.

Lower Maximum Aperture Number

The Sony HDRCX440B has a maximum aperture number of 1.8. That's 0.2 lower than the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N (2). 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.

More Expensive by $85

The Sony HDRCX440B is $16 more expensive than the Canon Vixia HF R800, $51 more expensive than the Ricoh Theta S and $85 more expensive than the Zoom Q2N.

Fewer Sellers

The Sony HDRCX440B is only stocked by 6 sellers, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is stocked by 21 retailers, the GoPro HERO8 is stocked by 15 retailers, the Ricoh Theta S is stocked by 10 stores and the Zoom Q2N is stocked by 8 stores. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Over Two Years

The Sony HDRCX440B is three years older than the GoPro HERO8.

User Review Rating is Much Worse

The average user rating of the Sony HDRCX440B is 90%, whereas the average user rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 100% (based on 2 reviews).

Overall Review Rating is Slightly Worse

The average overall rating of the Sony HDRCX440B is 90%, whereas the average overall rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 94% (based on 5 reviews).

Worse in Terms of Size

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Sony HDRCX440B was worse in terms of size.

Harder to Use

On average reviewers thought the Sony HDRCX440B was harder to use.

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Canon Vixia HF R800
3.28MP
32x
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235g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
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1"
OPTICAL
1,140x
(DIGITAL)
3"
SCREEN SIZE
17.33h
VIDEO
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The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a Kagoo Score of 87. With a price tag of $179.29 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)
Image stabilizer
Big digital zoom (1,140x)
Supports HDMI
Long video recording time (17.33h)

A very highly rated and fully featured 32x optical zoom, 235g camcorder, with a reasonable price. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in display and a digital zoom of 1,140x and supports HDMI. Our review analysis indicates that this camcorder has an excellent image stabiliser and video quality, and it's really easy to use.

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Features
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Popularity
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Multiple reviews mentioned that Canon Vixia HF R800 has very good user reviews but average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 76%, based on 26 reviews.

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10 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon Vixia HF R800

31x Bigger Optical Zoom

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has an optical zoom of 32, but the GoPro HERO8, the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N are all only 1x optical zoom camcorders (31x smaller) and the Sony HDRCX440B is only a 30x optical zoom camcorder (2x 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.

Image Stabilizer

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has an image stabilizer, and so do the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B, whereas the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N do 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.

Faster Maximum Frame Rate

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 60 camcorder. That's 30fps faster than the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N (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.

43% Larger Internal Storage Capacity

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 32 internal storage capacity camcorder. That's 24GB larger than the Ricoh Theta S (8GB). 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.

Smaller Closest Focusing Distance

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 0.01 closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.35m smaller than the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N (0.36m). 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.

1.23" Larger Display Diagonal

Canon Vixia HF R800 is 3 screen size, but the Zoom Q2N is only a 1.77" screen size camcorder (1.23" smaller). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

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

HDMI

The Canon Vixia HF R800 supports HDMI, and so do the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N, but the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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!

A Lot Longer Video Recording Time

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a video recording time of 17.33, however the Ricoh Theta S is only a 2.9h video recording time camcorder (14.43h shorter). 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.

More Shops Are Selling it

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

Better Brand

Canon camcorders have an average rating of 95%, however GoPro only has an average rating of 92%, Ricoh only has an average rating of 82.7% and Zoom only has an average rating of 83%.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon Vixia HF R800

39% Heavier

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 235 camcorder. That's 109g heavier than the GoPro HERO8 (126g), 110g heavier than the Ricoh Theta S (125g), 45g heavier than the Sony HDRCX440B (190g) and 145g heavier than the Zoom Q2N (90g). More ...

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

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

Vastly Smaller Total Megapixels

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a total megapixels of 3.28, however the GoPro HERO8 is a 12MP camcorder (8.72MP bigger), the Ricoh Theta S is a 14MP camcorder (10.72MP bigger), the Sony HDRCX440B is a 2.29MP camcorder (0.99MP smaller) and the Zoom Q2N is a 3MP camcorder (0.28MP 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.

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Ricoh Theta S, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N), whereas the GoPro HERO8 has 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Canon Vixia HF R800 does not have a built-in flash (As do the the Ricoh Theta S and the Zoom Q2N), whereas the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has received a Kagoo Score of 87, but the GoPro HERO8 scored 88, the Sony HDRCX440B scored 88 and the Zoom Q2N scored 88.

$69 More Expensive

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is more expensive than the Ricoh Theta S by $35 and more expensive than the Zoom Q2N by $69.

Over Two Years Older

The Canon Vixia HF R800 is older than the GoPro HERO8 by three years and older than the Sony HDRCX440B by one month. The Canon Vixia HF R800 is the same age as the Zoom Q2N.

Hugely Lower Expert Review Score

The Canon Vixia HF R800 only has an average expert rating of 70%, but the GoPro HERO8 has an average expert rating of 90% (based on 3 reviews) and the Ricoh Theta S has an average expert rating of 73% (based on 71 reviews).

A Lot Lower User Review Score

The Canon Vixia HF R800 has an average user rating of 89%, but the GoPro HERO8 has an average user rating of 100% (based on 2 reviews) and the Sony HDRCX440B has an average user rating of 90% (based on 122 reviews).

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Ricoh Theta S
14MP
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FULL
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125g
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The Ricoh Theta S has a Kagoo Score of 86. With a price tag of $144.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Ricoh Theta S.

Features We Love:
Big total megapixels (14MP)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.3")
Very light (125g)
Supports HDMI
5376 x 2688 still image resolution (5376x2688|2048x1024)

A multi award winning and fully featured 125g, 14MP video camera, with a good price. It supports HDMI and remote operation, is Full HD and has a built-in microphone. Our review analysis indicates that it has a great picture quality, good video quality and it's very easy to use.

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86
Kagoo Score
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Purchasers report that Ricoh Theta S has good expert reviews and great user reviews with 87% of buyers recommending this video camera to others.

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10 Reasons For for Choosing the Ricoh Theta S

11.71MP Bigger Total Megapixels

The Ricoh Theta S has a total megapixels of 14, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N are both only 3MP camcorders (11MP smaller), the GoPro HERO8 is only a 12MP camcorder (2MP smaller) and the Sony HDRCX440B is only a 2.29MP camcorder (11.71MP 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.

Slightly Higher Maximum Aperture Number

The Ricoh Theta S has a maximum aperture number of 2 (as does the Zoom Q2N), however the Sony HDRCX440B is only a 1.8 maximum aperture value camcorder (0.2 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.

Full HD

The Ricoh Theta S is Full HD, and so are the GoPro HERO8 and the Zoom Q2N, however the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Remote Operation

The Ricoh Theta S supports remote operation (as does the GoPro HERO8), but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N do 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 Ricoh Theta S has a built-in microphone (as does the Zoom Q2N), however the Canon Vixia HF R800, the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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 Ricoh Theta S supports HDMI, and so do the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N, whereas the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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!

Wi-Fi

The Ricoh Theta S features Wi-Fi, and so do the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N 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.

Five More Awards

The Ricoh Theta S has received 5 awards, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 has received no awards, the GoPro HERO8 has received 1 award, the Sony HDRCX440B has received no awards and the Zoom Q2N has received no awards.

Better in Terms of Size

Comparing the product reviews on average people thought the Ricoh Theta S was better in terms of size. Several people thought that it was really compact and was easy to carry around.

Easier to Use

The Ricoh Theta S reviewers thought the Ricoh Theta S was easier to use. More than 30 people thought that it was very easy to use and several people thought that it also had superb controls, was comfortable and easy to hold and was really easy to setup.

21 Reasons Against for Choosing the Ricoh Theta S

Significantly Smaller Optical Zoom

The Ricoh Theta S has an optical zoom of 1 (as do the GoPro HERO8 and the Zoom Q2N), whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 32x optical zoom camcorder (31x bigger) and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

35g Heavier

The Ricoh Theta S is a 125 camcorder. That's 110g lighter than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (235g), 1g lighter than the GoPro HERO8 (126g), 65g lighter than the Sony HDRCX440B (190g) and 35g heavier than the Zoom Q2N (90g). More ...

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

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

4 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Ricoh Theta S has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels (as are the Canon Vixia HF R800, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N), however the GoPro HERO8 has 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.

Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

The Ricoh Theta S does not have an image stabilizer (As does the the Zoom Q2N), but the Canon Vixia HF R800, the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

50% Slower Maximum Frame Rate

The Ricoh Theta S is a 30 camcorder, and so does the Zoom Q2N. That's 30fps slower than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (60fps). 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 Internal Storage Capacity

The Ricoh Theta S is an 8 internal storage capacity camcorder. That's 24GB smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 (32GB). 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.

48% Bigger Closest Focusing Distance

The Ricoh Theta S is a 0.1 closest focusing distance camcorder. That's 0.26m smaller than the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N (0.36m). 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Flash

The Ricoh Theta S does not have a built-in flash (As do the the Canon Vixia HF R800 and the Zoom Q2N), however the GoPro HERO8 and the Sony HDRCX440B 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.

Does Not Have a Built-in Display

The Ricoh Theta S does not have a built-in display, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800, the GoPro HERO8, the Sony HDRCX440B and the Zoom Q2N have this feature. More ...

'Built-In Display' indicates whether the camcorder has a display built into the body of the device or not.

A built-in display is very helpful for checking the framing of the shot, or for quickly replaying your video to check everything recorded fine.

Shorter Maximum Battery Life

The Ricoh Theta S has a maximum battery life of 1. That's 2h shorter than the Zoom Q2N (3h). 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.

14.43h Shorter Video Recording Time

The Ricoh Theta S has a video recording time of 2.9, but the Canon Vixia HF R800 is a 17.33h video recording time camcorder (14.43h longer). 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 Ricoh Theta S has received a Kagoo Score of 86, whereas the Canon Vixia HF R800 scored 87, the GoPro HERO8 scored 88, the Sony HDRCX440B scored 88 and the Zoom Q2N scored 88.

$34 More Expensive

The Ricoh Theta S is more expensive than the Zoom Q2N by $34.

Fewer Sellers

Only 10 stores sells the Ricoh Theta S, but 21 retailers sell the Canon Vixia HF R800 and 15 sellers sell the GoPro HERO8. More ...

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

The Ricoh Theta S is older than the Canon Vixia HF R800 by 15 months, older than the GoPro HERO8 by four years, older than the Sony HDRCX440B by 16 months and older than the Zoom Q2N by 15 months.

Appreciably Lower Expert Review Score

The average expert rating of the Ricoh Theta S is only 73%, whereas the average expert rating of the GoPro HERO8 is 90% (based on 3 reviews).

Appreciably Lower User Review Score

The average user rating of the Ricoh Theta S is 84%, whereas the average user rating of the Canon Vixia HF R800 is 89% (based on 25 reviews), the GoPro HERO8 is 100% (based on 2 reviews), the Sony HDRCX440B is 90% (based on 122 reviews) and the Zoom Q2N is 87% (based on 71 reviews).

Less Customers Recommend it

Only 23.7% of 396 customers recommend the Ricoh Theta S, but 62.7% of 161 customers recommend the Sony HDRCX440B.

Worse Brand

Ricoh camcorders have an average rating of only 82.7%, but Canon has an average rating of 95%, GoPro has an average rating of 92%, Sony has an average rating of 95% and Zoom has an average rating of 83%.

Less Fairly Priced

Our analysis of the Ricoh Theta S reviews indicates that more reviewers thought the Ricoh Theta S was less fairly priced.

Worse Great Video Quality

The Ricoh Theta S reviewers thought the Ricoh Theta S was worse great video quality.

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