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Panasonic HC-V270

Priced at under $300, the Panasonic V270 offers a substantial amount of zoom for a budget cam.The 50x optical zoom is paired with optical image stabilization, a step up over the electronic type on the cheaper Panasonic V160. The video is captured ...

Grade: B Price: $265.00

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Panasonic W570

The Panasonic W570 uses a secondary camera to capture simultaneous picture-in-picture footage without any editing. While the extra camera is certainly the headlining feature, the W570 also includes a few other perks, like a 50x optical zoom.The W5...

Grade: A- Price: $398.00

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Panasonic VX870

Panasonic introduced two 4K camcorders at the beginning of 2015--the WX970 and the VX870. The difference between the two is simple: the WX970 has a built-in secondary camera while the VW870 does not. Opting to forgo the extra camera will save cons...

Grade: A Price: $825.00

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Panasonic HC-V160

The Panasonic V160 is the manufacturer's budget model for 2015, offering a pretty minimal list of specifications for a pretty attainable $230 price tag.The sensor is a 1/5.8" backlit version, which is on the small side, but Panasonic does...

Grade: B- Price: $180.00

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Panasonic WX970

4K is gradually becoming more and more accessible to the average consumer. Where 4K meant about $4K just two years ago, the Panasonic WX970 is one of two $1K 4K camcorders introduced in January 2014, alongside the Sony AX33.The Panasonic WX970 rep...

Grade: A Price: $976.00

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Panasonic HC-V770

The Panasonic V750 is a solid consumer camcorder--the 2015 Panasonic V770 keeps the goods and adds a few extras, including high dynamic range video and the option for a sub-camera using wi-fi and a smartphone.Equipped with a slightly larger-than-a...

Grade: A- Price: $548.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R62

Canon now has six very similar cameras on the market. The entire line offers a 57x zoom and footage capture on a 3.28 1/4.85 sensor--the R500 and R600 don't have any flash memory, the R50 and R60 have 8 GB and the R52 and R62 have 32 GB. The d...

Grade: B+ Price: $390.00

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Sony CX405

The Sony CX405 is essentially the CX440 re-wrapped without the wi-fi and built-in memory. Without sacrificing on video quality though, it makes for an excellent budget option.While 1080p HD video isn't hard to come by for under $250, a 60 fps ...

Grade: B+ Price: $178.00

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Sony AX33

Sony has long been at the forefront of 4K camcorder technology--in 2015, they're continuing to expand the technology while simultaneously lowering the price, making 4K a bit more accessible to the average consumer. The Sony AX33 offers 4K for ...

Grade: A+ Price: $998.00

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Sony PJ670

Sony's PJ line has long been favored for their unique built-in projector, but video quality is usually pretty good too. The Sony PJ670 re-wraps a lot of the features of the PJ540, but does give the camcorder a big boost in quality with a highe...

Grade: A Price: $648.00

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Sony CX440 Handycam

Sony's 2015 CX440 offers quite a few features for the average consumer, yet still sits at an affordable $300.Video quality certainly isn't sacrificed to keep the price low. The Sony CX440 can shoot 1080p HD video at a smooth 60 fps frame r...

Grade: A- Price: $248.00

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Sony PJ440

Sony's PJ line is more than just a solid set of camcorders--they also feature built-in projectors for sharing your shots, in person. The Sony PJ440 is their budget-friendly 2015 model, sitting at just under $400 yet still offering a good round...

Grade: A- Price: $298.00

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Sony 4K Action Cam (FDR-X1000V/W)

Sony has been leading the industry in 4K resolution--and while the Sony FDR-X1000 isn't the first mountable camcorder with 4K, it's certainly set up to compete with the likes of the GoPro Hero 4 Black.At just four ounces, it certainly does...

Grade: A+ Price: $468.00

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Sony HDR-AS200

Amid the buzz over Sony's 4K action cam, the manufacturer also quietly introduced a modest upgrade to their HD action cam, the Sony AS200. Though it doesn't pack in the 4,000 pixel resolution, the AS200 offers a good handful of features fo...

Grade: A- Price: $9.00

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Ricoh WG-M1

Coming from a manufacturer with a history of rugged cameras, the Ricoh WG-M1 looks to compete with the likes of the Go Pro and Sony action cams. The WG-M1 has an unusual design to say the least, but unlike most action cams, it still manages to fin...

Grade: A- Price: $150.00

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GoPro HERO4 BLACK

The GoPro HERO4 BLACK is likely the best mountable camera on the market in terms of video quality--though, albeit, the most expensive. Introduced with the GoPro HERO4 SILVER, which is the only GoPro to include a touchscreen, it has the highest vid...

Grade: A Price: $399.00

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GoPro HERO4 SILVER

The most popular action cam manufacturer has released another update, and it's making quite a splash. Released at the same time, the GoPro HERO4 SILVER and BLACK editions have quite a few updates. The GoPro HERO4 SILVER is the first in the lin...

Grade: A+ Price: $400.00

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Sony AS20

Sony's highly reputable action cam line has seen it's latest addition with the Sony HDR-AS20, a $200 1080p HD camcorder that packs in quite a few features for the price. Among the list of features is a battery that can record up to 150 min...

Grade: A- Price: $49.00

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Panasonic HX-A500

4K has taken the world by storm--and now it's coming to wearable camcorders. The Panasonic HX-A500 shoots in 4k video at 30 fps (The Go Pro Hero 3+ shoots at just 15 fps in 4K). But perhaps even more exciting (especially if you don't own a...

Grade: A Price: $298.00

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Panasonic V550

Panasonic's HC-V550 is a camcorder that's big on zoom but small on price. Retailing for under $400, this mainstream cam offers a big 50x zoom with hybrid image stabilization. With 1080/60p HD video at 28 Mbps, video quality should be prett...

Grade: A- Price: $264.00

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Panasonic V750

Panasonic has made some pretty substantial updates to their already solid V720 with the V750. The 2014 model now uses a back-side illuminated (BSI) sensor, which enhances the low light performance. On top of that, Panasonic says the new processor ...

Grade: A Price: $528.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R50

Sitting pretty in the middle of Canon's 2014 HF line, the HF R50 offers 8 GB of built-in memory and wi-fi, along with the same sensor/lens/processor combo as the HF R500 and HF 52. The memory and battery allows for up to three hours of continu...

Grade: B+ Price: $219.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R500

Canon announced three new HF camcorders during CES 2014; the HF R500 is the least expensive of the trio, with a retail price of $299.99. All three cameras include an impressive 57x zoom, optical image stabilization, a 3.28 megapixel sensor and a t...

Grade: B+ Price: $150.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R52

Another $50 can get you a whopping 32 GB of built-in memory in Canon's top 2014 HF consumer model. With the same 1/4.85” sensor, fast processor and f1.8-45 lens as the HF R500 and HF R50, the HF R52 has the most built-in memory, and like...

Grade: B+ Price: $250.00

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Sony CX900

Sony's popular 1" sensor has arrived in their camcorders--and it's a big deal. Camcorders typically have smaller sensors than still cameras; the sensor on the CX900 is about eight times the average size. Larger sensors mean better res...

Grade: A Price: $1,098.00

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Sony FDR-AX100

When Sony released their first 4K Handycam last year, we were pretty impressed with the video quality, but the AX1 is huge and it doesn't just have a 4K resolution, it has a 4K price tag too. Now, the power of 4K resolution comes in a much sma...

Grade: A Price: $85.00

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Canon VIXIA Mini X

The Canon VIXIA Mini X has seen a few updates over the first of the manufacturer's camcorders designed for bloggers and others that record videos of themselves. Probably the most notable of these changes is the upgrade in audio quality with Li...

Grade: A Price: $339.00

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Sony HDR-PJ540

We've really enjoyed the Sony PJ models in the past, and they've made a few minor updates for their 2014 models. The PJ540 features a 1/5.8" sensor, 30x optical zoom, optical image stabilization, wi-fi and a handful of other features....

Grade: A- Price: $449.00

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Sony AS100V

Sony's Action Cam line offer solid video quality at a reasonable price. The new AS100 uses a redesigned splash-proof body that doesn't require any extra housing to stay safe from the elements. For an extra $100, you can also get the bundle...

Grade: B+ Price: $150.00

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Sony PJ810

We're fans of Sony's PJ line not just because of the built-in projectors but for the solid video quality too. The PJ810 is the manufacturer's latest and greatest in the line with manual modes, a 20 megapixel 1/3.95" sensor and 60 ...

Grade: A Price: $798.00