Top 5 Best HD Camcorders

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Using your smartphone video function may be enough for posting on Vine or Instagram, but if you’re looking to create home movies for posterity, you’ll want an actual video camera. Here are our top five best HD camcorders on the market today.

Canon Vixia HF R

The less expensive model in Canon’s renowned Vixia line, this camcorder delivers stunning video even on a budget.

• Optical image stabilization and 53x advanced zoom
• 3.28-megapixel full HD CMOS image sensor
• 32GB internal storage with additional card slot for extra shooting capacity
• Wi-Fi enabled for easy sharing
• Lightweight and small for easy traveling

• Manual confusing and not entirely instructive
• Videos automatically break up when loaded onto computer
• Cinematic mode doesn’t record at top quality possible
• Color can be dull

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Sony HDR–PJ 260

The Sony PJ camcorder line continues to shine, and this update to the popular PJ 230 model does the trick. It’s not Wi-Fi enabled, so if you’re looking for something without all the bells and whistles this could be your best option.

• Full 1080 HD video capability
• Pro dual memory card slots
• On-board coloring feature
• 30x optical zoom with 8.9-megapixel resolution

• Not Wi-Fi enabled
• Built-in projector for intuitive viewing
• Only 16MB internal memory

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Panasonic HC–V750

This is the 2014 update to Panasonic’s extremely popular V720 line, and it’s worth the upgrade—it’s one of the only amateur camcorders on the market with a wind-shielded microphone option.

• Image stabilization is extremely still, even when shooting while walking
• 20x optical zoom with 50x advanced zoom and 6.03-megapixel resolution
• Wi-Fi enabled for easy sharing
• 3-inch LCD flip screen
• External microphone jack for professional audio recording option

• Zoom can be blurry in low-light
• Access to creative features is limited when display screen is flipped out
• Camera is unusable when charging
• A bit larger than competitors

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Canon Vixia HFG10

This Vixia model is on the higher-end of the spectrum than the HF-R series, and this is reflected in both video quality and price point. If you’re looking to transition to more professional imaging, this is a good entry-level video camera.

• Full 1080 HD video capability
• 10x optical zoom Canon lens with 2.37-megapixel CMOS sensor
• 3.5-inch LCD view screen
• Large electronic viewfinder
• SuperRange optical image stabilization
• Wide range of creative features, such as Audio Scene Select and Story Creator

• Need software to convert AVCHD files
• Touch screen can be difficult to use
• Audio clips when meter reads -4 (need external mic for professional audio)

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Sony Handycam FDR–AX100/B

Sony is relatively new to the HD handycam game, having released its first model at the end of 2013. The AX100 is a vast improvement, with a smaller, sleeker design that retains most of the imaging quality of its more professional, earlier model.

• Sturdy metal body
• Zeiss lens with ring that turns very smoothly
• Built-in ND filter
• 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
• Performs well in low-light situations
• 3.5-inch LCD touch screen

• No manual audio controls
• Only 12x optical zoom
• Rolling shutter doesn’t perform well—works better for landscape than action shots

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