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Best Camcorders 2015

2015 is in full swing--so what's on the shelves this year for camcorders?

4K is becoming increasingly common this year--and also a bit more affordable. Many mainstream camcorders, meanwhile, have seen a boost in bit rates this year. Features like wi-fi and a big optical zoom are also becoming much easier to find.

Here are some of the top camcorders announced so far in 2015. Check back often--we'll keep updating this page as the year goes on.

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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: $498.00

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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: $598.00

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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: $848.00

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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: $298.00

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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: $900.00

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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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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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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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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: B- Price: $15.00

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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