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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: $328.00

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Canon XA30

Canon's professional XA camcorder line is popular for its blend of performance with portability. The new Canon XA30 retains those two key features, while adding a few updates to push the video quality even further.The biggest change comes to t...

Grade: A- Price: $1,599.00

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Canon XA35

Continuing a tradition of quality professional video in a smaller package, Canon has released the XA35, an update to the XA line. The Canon XA35 gets a redesigned sensor than its predecessor, which allows for better footage in low light. While the...

Grade: A- Price: $1,949.00

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Ricoh Theta S

The Ricoh Theta S is being touted as a digital camera, but since it's just as capable of shooting video (and there are few 360 options on the market) we've added it here as well as the original post on Digital Camera HQ. Here's our tho...

Grade: B- Price: $265.00

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GoPro Hero Session

The leading action cam manufacturer is going big--with a tiny camera. GoPros have stuck with a similar exterior for several years, but the new GoPro Hero4 Session is completely different, with a cube-like design and a teensy, tiny weight of just 2...

Grade: B+ Price: $185.00

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GoPro Hero+LCD

GoPro's mountable action cams are among the most popular in the business, and for good reason. There's a range of mounts and even a range of camera options. Now, there's one more with the GoPro Hero+LCD, an entry-level model that featu...

Grade: A- 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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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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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: $889.00

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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: $598.00

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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 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: $8.00

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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 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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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 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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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: $200.00

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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: $173.00

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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: B Price: $100.00

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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: $400.00

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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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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: $1,498.00

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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: B- Price: $399.00

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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