Runner-up: Panasonic HDC-SD90
For its price, our panel felt this was an excellent camera, scoring extremely well on value. Image quality was high with the 26x optical zoom, although the 1500x digital zoom seemed like a gimmick in our test, resulting in a grainy, unstable image. For under £350 however, with the option of an external microphone, 3D shooting capability with an additional adapter and a generous 3in LCD touchscreen, we felt this was a worthy contender for camcorder of the year. While its video quality may have been put in the shade by its bigger brother, but it remains a great piece of kit.