Camcorders feature long zoom lenses, high resolution, and compact bodies. Categories like 360 cameras continue to grow, along with action cameras and POV cameras. But with all the option out there, which ones are worth the expense?
We've rounded up the best camcorders so far. Some previous years models are still included because they haven't yet been ousted by a newcomer. We'll update this list throughout the year, so check back often for updates.
The Panasonic VX1 is one of the more affordable 4K options out there -- but that doesn't mean it's without features. Recording in 4K, the camcorder also has a bright 24x zoom lens. The camcorder packs in image stabilization and HDR modes. Pro-level models and larger sensor models offer even more image quality, but at a price not accessible to most consumers.
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When it comes to finding a good deal on a camcorder, there are two options: a budget model or a budget model that's a bit older and likely has a price reduction.
The Canon Vixia HF R80 falls in the first category as a recent option with a 32x optical zoom and some built-in memory so you don't have to buy a memory card. Of course, you're only going to get HD, not 4K at the budget price.
The Panasonic HC-V380 sits at the same price point, but offers a longer optical zoom lens if you really need some reach. It's a bit older, but that means it's also a good deal.
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- Panasonic HC-V380
Here's what we said about the GoPro Hero6 last year:
"The Hero5 brought a number of important upgrades to the GoPro line, but the company is taking that even further in 2017 with the GoPro Hero6 Black. The most important upgrade is that 4K is now at the high 60 fps frame rate for butter-smooth action, thanks to the company developing their own processor able to handle such large files. That's not the only thing new to the Hero6, however -- GoPro has also added their best image stabilization yet, an important feature whenever you're mounting a camera for POV action shots. The housing-free design and voice control introduced with the Hero5 still stand here as well. GoPro is also putting some major effort into their QuikStories app -- and GoPro Hero6 users can automatically transfer videos for the program to create a highlight video automatically -- so say goodbye to long edits to create a shareable video."
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The GoPro Fusion brings the GoPro style into 360 cameras -- and does it well. The Fusion boasts a higher resolution than most inside a compact, waterproof body. GoPro is also doing some great things with software, creating new edit options like following something around that view. The category is still young, so don't be surprised to see some bugs or stitch lines, but the GoPro Fusion is looking good so far.
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