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1st Place: Samsung HMX-R10Samsung’s camcorders were known primarily for their value, but more recently the company has been concentrating on quality as well. The HMX-R10 costs considerably less than £300, but still offers Full HD shooting, plus a handful of fun features. There’s time lapse recording, so you can watch your grass grow, and slow-motion where footage is recorded at up to 500 frames/sec but played back at the normal 25 frames/sec. With decent performance even in low light, the HMX-R10 gives you a lot of camcorder quality for the money.
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2nd Place: Panasonic HDC-SD60Although the impressively low price of Samsung’s HMX-R10 wins it this year’s top Value accolade, Panasonic’s HDC-SD60 provides more features for just a little more money. It offers plenty of manual controls via its touch screen LCD, and an upgraded sensor compared to Panasonic’s previous generation gives improved image quality. It can’t quite match the keen price of this year’s Samsung winner, but if you have a little more to spend the HDC-SD60, or one of its 60-series siblings, are worthy of the extra cash.
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3rd Place: JVC PICSIO GC-FM2The pocket Internet camcorder has carved out a new niche for itself, which has lasted longer than many predicted. Nevertheless, JVC is the only mainstream camcorder manufacturer to take the concept seriously. With the PICSIO GC-FM2, JVC has produced the best example of the genre yet, with more features available via its touch screen and better image quality than other pocket Internet competitors. It is relatively pricey, but worth it if you want a little more than just point and shoot.
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