Looking for the best camcorder to buy? From 3D shooters to rugged, pocket camcorders these are the top rated ones to look out for.
The likes of JVC, Canon and Panasonic continue to support the camcorder cause. Combining automatic and manual features, most are well equipped to shoot Full HD 1080p and 3D if you are still into the whole stereoscopic thing.
Most entry and professional camcorders feature built-in Wi-Fi making it easier and quicker to transfer and upload footage. Some even pack Android and iOS app functionality to remotely control key features like camera zoom and focusing from your smartphone or tablet.
The birth of the camcorder hybrid means you can expect to see more models sport DSLR-style sensors makiliterallyng sure you have the best of both shooting worlds for moving and still images.
Whether you want to shoot broadcast quality video or simply want to make amateur films look a little more slick, we’ve rifled through our camcorder reviews to pick out the best camcorders to buy right now.
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A perfect fit for amateur film-makers, the Canon Legria HF G30 is a great entry-level professional camcorder. Pricey at £1,141.96, the G30 can shoot in Full HD and has a comprehensive list of manual settings including a lens ring to operate zoom or the focus. Based around Canon’s Advanced HD CMOS Pro to deliver the enhanced video performance, it also offers a hybrid of optical and digital stabilizations to keep footage looking smooth. There’s support for AVCHD and MP4 shooting modes and crucially image quality is excellent helping to justify the hefty price tag.
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Producing broadcast standard video footage, the Canon EOS C100 is a professional camcorder that packs a Digital SLR-sized sensor. Providing a film-like performance on Full HD video, it’s compatible with Canon’s interchangeable EF mount lenses to give you a greater variety of shooting styles. The huge sensor offers exceptional sensitivity levels and wipes the floor with traditional three-chip professional camcorders. Other notable specs include two SD card slots, a HDMI port for recording uncompressed video and balanced XLR audio connections to offer professional-grade audio connectivity.
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A stunning camcorder-camera hybrid. the JVC GC-PX100 was well worth its 10 out 10 score. Improving on the JVC GC-PX10 in a number of ways, the SLR-styled PX100 is capable of shooting video in full HD and can capture high speed footage at 100-500fps. For stills there’s a 12.8-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor with a 10x optical zoom. A time-lapse video mode means you can shoot John Woo-style Bullet Time videos and with the JVC CAM Coach app for Android and iOS you can review photos and video on a smartphone or a tablet.
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King of the consumer-grade camcorders, the Panasonic HC X920 is the excellent follow-up to the Panasonic HC-X900. The Full 1080p HD shooter packs 3 1/2..3in BSI CMOS sensors with 12.76-megapixels for each sensor to deliver class-leading image quality. Intelligent Zoom is upgraded to 25x and the new Active Mode should help smooth out shakes when you are walking and filming at the same time. It’s capable of recording 3D footage via the VW-CLT2 adapter and built-in Wi-Fi lets you control zoom and record functions from your smartphone or tablet via the Panasonic Android and iOS app. The improved performance and extra Wi-Fi functionality makes this one of the best camcorders to buy.
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If you don’t have hundreds of pounds to spend, the JVC HD Everio GZ-EX515BEK at £262 offers great value for money. The sub-£300 camcorder features the same 1/5.8-inch CMOS sensor remains found inside the EX215 and is capable of shooting Full 1080p HD and standard definition video in MP4 format. The Intelligent Auto mode offers Area, Face and colour tracking to help sort out the best focus and exposure settings. There’s a 3-inch touchscreen LCD screen to review video and a single SD card slot to save data. Despite the price, the EX515BEK shows a noticeable improvement in low-lit shooting and has an impressive feature set for a surprisingly low price.