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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 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: $1,298.00

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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 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: $249.00

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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: $899.00

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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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GoPro HERO3+ Silver Edition

The most popular mounted camcorder has added a plus to their name--but it's a pretty significant upgrade. The GoPro HERO3+ is about 20 percent smaller than the original HERO3. The manufacturer claims a 33 percent improvement in sharpness and r...

Grade: A- Price: $120.00

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Canon VIXIA Mini

The pocket camcorder category has seen few new products in recent years, but Canon gets back in the game with the Vixia Mini Compact Camcorder, a model that's designed for bloggers and other videographers that frequently record themselves. The...

Grade: B+ Price: $299.00

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Sony AS15

Sony's HDR-AS15 features a rugged, portable exterior for action videos. The wearable camcorder also has Wi-Fi for faster sharing, image stabilization, a wide angle lens and a CMOS sensor with improved low-light capabilities.

Grade: B- Price: $160.00

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Canon VIXIA HF G30

Canon's prosumer grade flagship, the VIXIA HF G30, brings professional quality footage to the average consumer. A manual focus ring, new 2.91 megapixel HD CMOS pro image sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image High Speed Processor, two memory card slo...

Grade: B+ Price: $1,550.00

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Canon XA20

Canon's XA20 is an excellent prosumer camcorder with an upgraded 20x zoom lens and eight-blade circular aperture. With manual modes, a five axis image stabilization system, a new automatic correction circuit and options for various microphone ...

Grade: B+ Price: $2,197.00

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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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JVCs' PX100 is the odd man out with an unusual yet comfortable design that resembles a DSLR camera. The PX100 is capable of frame rates up to 600 frames per second (at a reduced resolution) and 60 fps at full resolution. Most users will want t...

Grade: C+ Price: $1,972.00

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Panasonic AG-AF105A

With a large Micro 4/3" image sensor and interchangeable lenses, the Panasonic AG-AF105A offers a wider range of artistic possibilities than smaller camcorders, including better depth of field and wider angles. The AG-AF105A records in 1920x1...

Grade: A- Price: $2,443.00

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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

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Canon VIXIA HF R42

Canon's 2013 $500 mainstream model is easy to use, yet includes features like built-in wi-fi and 32 GB of built-in memory. A nice 53x zoom lens gets up close to the action, and the optical image stabilization should leave footage sharp. The pr...

Grade: A- Price: $399.00

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Sony HDR-CX380/B

Sony's compact mainstream CX380 includes a 3" touchscreen and records in full HD, 1920x1080. With a 30x optical zoom and 16 GB of flash memory, this model looks to be a fair contender for the basic mainstream category.

Grade: B Price: $900.00

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Sony CX220

Sony's 2013 affordable, compact HD option boasts better video quality from their new Exmor R CMOS sensor, designed to reduced noise. This model shoots 1920 x 1080 60p videos along with 8.9 megapixel stills. The image stabilization includes an ...

Grade: B- Price: $499.00

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Panasonic HX-WA03

Panasonic's rugged travel cam is designed for consumers with active lifestyles with its portability and all-weather design. Initial reviews are strong for the pistol-grip style camcorder with 18x zoom and a variety of creative effects. This mo...

Grade: C+ Price: $349.00

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Sony PJ790V

The PJ790 is near the top of Sony's popular PJ line in both budget and features. Video quality should be suburb at 1080 24p/60p, and still shots should also stand out at 24.1 megapixels. Sony's back-illuminated sensors handle low light wel...

Grade: A- Price: $1,272.00

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Sony CX290

Sony's popular CX line continues to offer performance without a big bottom line in the CX290. We've reviewed some of Sony's 2013 offerings and were quite pleased; expect no less from the CX290. Features include 1080 60p recording, 8 GB...

Grade: A- Price: $340.00

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Panasonic HX-A100

The HX-A100 has our curiosity up with a unique design for the wearable/mountable camcorder category. The different design looks like this model will be easy to wear for action shots, plus it's waterproof, fairly rugged and weighs in at about a...

Grade: B+ Price: $125.00

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Panasonic AG-AC90

The Panasonic AG-AC90 AVCCAM Handheld Camcorder features 1/4.7" 3MOS sensors, with 2.19MP each, to capture Full HD 1920x1080 resolution video. Variable frame rates record HD video at 60p, 60i, 30p, and 24p. The camera's fixed lens has a 1...

Grade: A- Price: $1,999.00

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The NEX-EA50UH is the first in a new series of affordable, entry-level large sensor NXCAM professional camcorders. Thanks to its E mount interchangeable lens system, Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, powerful imaging capabilities and flexible semi-shoulde...

Grade: A Price: $2,795.00

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition

GoPro has long been setting the standard for wearable and mountable action cams. The manufacturer is continuing their rep with the number one seller in the camcorder category on Amazon, the GoPro HERO3 Black Edition. Over the previous model, the H...

Grade: A Price: $448.00

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Contour ROAM2

Contour is one of the top sellers when it comes to action cams and their latest ROAM2 has been met with positive early reviews. This cam shoots at 60 fps and doesn't need any add-ons to become water resistant. Plus it's lightweight and low...

Grade: B- Price: $359.00

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Sony NEXVG900

Full frame, 24.3 megapixels, HD CMOS sensor, interchangeable lenses--there's a lot to look for in the Sony NEX-VG900. This entry-level professional camcorder also has a high resolution electronic viewfinder, Quad Capsule microphone and manual ...

Grade: A- Price: $3,298.00

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JVC GC-XA1 Adixxion

JVC's Adixxion is a mountable camcorder with everything included in the four ounce body, unlike the more popular GoPro that offfers an LCD screen and GPS only as an add on. Ready to go right out of the box without any extra casing, this camcor...

Grade: B Price: $140.00