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Best Budget Camcorders / Camcorder HQ's Buyer's Guide

Last updated on 03/20/2013

Now that pretty much every kind of gadget is a capable camcorder -- mobile phones, tablets, even digital still cameras -- the appeal of low-end stand-alone camcorders is a bit limited. But manufacturers are still finding ways to keep budget-friendly video cameras relevant with impressive zoom ranges and creative interfaces. Below, you'll see our favorite affordable camcorders.

JVC Everio GZ-E200
from $139.00
The E200 is a quality basic camera for the budget-minded. It features a nice 40x zoom, as well as face detection and a 3 inch touchscreen. JVC has also added the ability to shoot stills, but the quality isn't very impressive at just 1.5 megapixels. Still, this is a quality model for shooting family memories on a budget.
Kodak PlaySport Zx5
Tougher, Faster, Better
Kodak isn't making camcorders anymore, but for the shopper on a budget, picking up a model that isn't the newest on the market is often a smart way to go. This little guy shoots 1080p video, plus it also resists water, shock and dust. Kodak had a good reputation for their pocket cams, which is probably why they are still on the market despite being a few years old.