Capturing memories seem to be much more important to all people as life is moving faster and faster. So people have invented the Digital Camcorder. Although now more and more digital cameras and smartphones can record acceptable videos, but with a camcorder you will receive more professional video shooting experience and videos you can preserve for years and show off to others on a big-screen HDTV. Here we select the best camcorder on the market, so let’s check out whether is your dream camcorder inside the Top 10?
|Camcorder||Canon Vixia HF R42||Sony HDR-PJ||Canon Vixia HF G30||JVC Everio GZ-HD520BUS||Samsung QF||JVC Everio GZ-EX300||Panasonic HC-V720||sony-handycam-hdr-xr160||Panasonic HC-X900||Panasonic HDC-HS80|
|Discount||N/A||47% off||13% off||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Claim Deal||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation||Link Activation|
|Video and Image Quality||Canon Vixia HF R42||Sony HDR-PJ||Canon Vixia HF G30||JVC Everio GZ-HD520BUS||Samsung QF||JVC Everio GZ-EX300||Panasonic HC-V720||sony-handycam-hdr-xr160||Panasonic HC-X900||Panasonic HDC-HS80|
|Optical Sensor Size||1/4.85″||1/5.8”||1/2.84″||1/5.8″||1/4″||1/5.8”||1/2.3″||1/4”||1/4.1″ x 3||1/5.8″|
|Focal length(mm)||2.8-89.6||1.9-57.0mm||3.67-73.4||2.9 – 116||2.6 – 52||2.9 – 116||4.08 – 81.6||2.1 – 63||2.84 – 34.1||2.38 – 81|
|Still Camera Resolution(MP)||2.07||9.2||2.9||2||1.9||2||24||3||24.7||3|
|Design||Canon Vixia HF R42||Sony HDR-PJ||Canon Vixia HF G30||JVC Everio GZ-HD520BUS||Samsung QF||JVC Everio GZ-EX300||Panasonic HC-V720||sony-handycam-hdr-xr160||Panasonic HC-X900||Panasonic HDC-HS80|
|Number of Memory Card Slots||2||1||2||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Body size||53 x 57 x 116 mm||57.5 x 57 x 117 mm||109 x 84 x 182 mm||53 x 63 x 110 mm||53x43x119 mm||116x57x50 mm||65.0 x 73.0 x 139.0 mm||59.5 x 66 x 117.5 mm||67 x 72 x 150 mm||60 x 64 x 109 mm|
|Weight||235 g||210 g||765 g||265 g||178 g||200 g||353 g||350 g||435 g||265 g|
|Camera Flash/ Video light|
|LCD Screen Size||3.0″ 230k dots||3.0″ 230k dots||3.5″ 123k dots||2.7″ 123k dots||2.7″ 230k dots||3”, 230k||3″ 460k dots||3”, 230k||3.5″ 1151k dots||2.7″ 230k dots|
|Features||Canon Vixia HF R42||Sony HDR-PJ||Canon Vixia HF G30||JVC Everio GZ-HD520BUS||Samsung QF||JVC Everio GZ-EX300||Panasonic HC-V720||sony-handycam-hdr-xr160||Panasonic HC-X900||Panasonic HDC-HS80|
|Review||Canon Vixia HF R42||Sony HDR-PJ||Canon Vixia HF G30||JVC Everio GZ-HD520BUS||Samsung QF||JVC Everio GZ-EX300||Panasonic HC-V720||sony-handycam-hdr-xr160||Panasonic HC-X900||Panasonic HDC-HS80|
|Video and Image Quality|
How to choose a camcorder?
Consider Image Quality
Image quality is the soul of a camcorder, when consider about the image quality, the first thing in mind is always the sensor resolution. The first line in our table is the optical sensor size, we set the standard sensor size as 1/4”, if the sensor is bigger than 1/4” (1/2, 1/3), that means this sensor would be easier to capture more light, which may lead to a greater image quality. And you may find out the Panasonic will present the 3CMOS sensor (like Panasonic HC-X900), this 3CMOS camcorder is actually has 3 sensors, but that is not say to triple the sensor size, the actual 3CMOS function is to make the video more vivid, so if you like a brighter image, the 3CMOS camcorder may be a good choice. But Panasonic is the only manufacturer to produce the 3COMS camcorder, so if you are a big fan of Canon or Sony, this technique will not exist in their products.
For image quality, the size and quality of the lens matters and so does image stabilization features. All of our best camcorders offer image stabilization features. With this function, the camcorder will correct the flaws in the image due to the shaking during recording.
Nowadays, the camcorder all will present two kinds of zoom to the customers: optical zoom and digital zoom. Our suggestion is: Forget about digital zoom! This kind of zoom is only a placebo to the customer, the only thing that digital zoom does is the magnifying your image not a actually zooms in an object. So with a broader optical zoom range, your camcorder can easily capture clear images about things remote.
Consider Display and Controls
When you are shooting, the camcorder should be easy to handle and control. So a touch screen is very important in controls, while the LCD screen size to bigger than 3 inches will be a plus. And we recommend when choosing the camcorder, you can take the camcorder outside the shop, to see if the display is clear enough under the daylight. And also the ergonomic design of the camcorder will depend on your personal preferences, so when decide which one will be the best camcorder, you can just hold one to feel it.
Consider Storage and other features
There are some kinds of storage type in our Best camcorders, one is to storage in SD cards the other is the Hard Disks. The Hard disc drive camcorder has an internal hard disc drive to store videos. And they also allow use of external memory cards for even more storage. The Flash camcorders are shooting straight to memory cards, just like the digital camera. The features we recommend in our reviews most is the Wi-Fi connectivity, the multi-transfer between different mobile devices will extremely amplified your fun with shooting. And also the Wifi transfer will also free you from numbers of wires.