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Panasonic HC-V800

The Pansonic HC-V800 doesn't jump on the 4K bandwagon -- but is designed for high-quality, versatile HD video.The HC-V800 sports a 1/2.5" sensor, which is larger than in most camcorders and records 1080p HD video. The slightly larger size...

Grade: B+ Price: $598.00

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Panasonic HC-WXF1

The Panasonic HC-WXF1 is a big brother to the HC-VX1 -- the two camcorders sport most of the same specifications. So what’s the difference? The WXF1 uses a secondary camera for picture-in-picture recording, allowing you to capture both what&...

Grade: A- Price: $998.00

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Panasonic HC-VX1

The Panasonic HC-VX1 boasts both big zoom and big resolution.Sporting a 1/2.5 inch sensor, the HC-VX1 records in 4K resolution. If you don't need those details, the camera can use the extra resolution to add effects while cropping down to stan...

Grade: A- Price: $798.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R82

Canon is continuing the tradition of modest updates for the Vixia HF consumer camcorder line -- and that's okay, if you're looking for an affordable camcorder.Like earlier models, the Vixia R82 uses a 1/4.85 inch sensor coupled with a pret...

Grade: B- Price: $349.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R800

The Canon Vixia RF800, in a nutshell, is a $300 camcorder that can do (at least) one thing your smartphone can't: zoom.The RF800 offers a 32x optical zoom lens, combined with digital zoom for a 57x hybrid zoom. That's paired with a 3.82 me...

Grade: B- Price: $199.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R80

The Canon Vixia HF R80 is the middle child in the company's 2017 budget R8 line-up. With half the built-in memory of the big sibling R82, the camera offers the same imaging power for $50 less.Like the R82 and R800, the camera uses a 3.28 megap...

Grade: B- Price: $299.00

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Panasonic HC-W580

For about $70 more than the V380, the Panasonic W580 offers a twin camera, HDR recording and higher frame rate, though skimps a bit on the zoom with 50x instead of 62x.Recording 1080p HD video at 60 fps, footage from the W580 should be smooth, not...

Grade: A- Price: $348.00

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Panasonic HC-V380

Panasonic has added a bit more zoom to their mid-range consumer option, packing a 62x optical zoom and a 90x intelligent zoom into the V380.The Panasonic V380 records 1080p HD video at a smooth 50 fps. The 62x optical zoom, paired with a hybrid im...

Grade: B+ Price: $298.00

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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: B+ Price: $306.00

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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: $299.00

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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: $448.00

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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: $239.00

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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: $265.00

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Canon VIXIA HF R60

Canon seems to be devoting their attention to the videography from their DSLRs--their 2015 camcorders (at least their January releases anyway) appear to be nearly clones of last year's models. The exception? They now have wi-fi. The Canon R60 ...

Grade: B- Price: $239.00

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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: $400.00

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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 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: $698.00

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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: $268.00

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Panasonic W850

There aren't too many camcorders out there that can be described as unlike any other camcorder, but the Panasonic W850 may just fit the bill. That's because it's not a camcorder—it's two. The W850 has a secondary lens to reco...

Grade: B Price: $961.00

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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: $600.00

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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: $400.00

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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: $265.00

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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: $399.00

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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: $375.00

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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: $585.00

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Sony CX240

The Sony CX240 appears to be nearly identical to the CX330 with the exception of a slightly smaller zoom and the absence of wi-fi. It still has the same 1/5.8" backlit sensor and bright f1.8 maximum aperture at the wide end, so video quality ...

Grade: B+ Price: $184.00

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Sony CX330

Sony's Handycams tend to be pretty solid shooters and the CX330 looks like it has made all the right cuts to hit the under $350 mark without going cheap on quality. The Sony CX330 shoots at a nice 60fps speed, and while the 1/5.8" sensor ...

Grade: B+ Price: $300.00

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Sony MV1

Camcorders, traditionally, have always been about the video quality, forcing consumers to go into a much higher price point to achieve matching sound quality. But Sony has developed a $300 camcorder designed specifically for the musician, where th...

Grade: B+ Price: $298.00

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Samsung F90

Samsung emphasizes the zoom on their newest budget mainstream model. And while the 52x optical zoom is pretty impressive, there's not too much else to boast about. The extra zoom sacrifices a little bit of quality at with 720p recording, but h...

Grade: B- Price: $270.00

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JVC GZ-E300

The JVC GZ-E300 Full HD Everio Camcorder captures HD video at 24 Mbps with a nice 40x optical zoom capabilities. Users will enjoy switching through this model's various features and settings with the 3" touchscreen. The sensor is a little...

Grade: B- Price: $230.00