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Every week we rank the best camcorders based on features, reviews and price
We compare: 735 Camcorder Models 29,600 Camcorder Reviews 6,800 Camcorder Prices
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{Vivitar DCM107
£129.00
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#1

90

HF R706

Canon HF R706

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£189.99

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The top rated video camera under £500, with very good user reviews and great features
#2

89

Hero 5

GoPro Hero 5

536 Reviews + 17 Awards
Techradar - Best in ClassTrusted Reviews - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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£175.00

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A best selling and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 4200 x 2800 pixels resolution camcorder, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 13 further awards from other expert sites
#3

89

Theta S

Ricoh Theta S

289 Reviews + 6 Awards
hardwarezone.com.sg - Winnerhardwarezone.com.my - 9/10Ephotozine - Recommendedtomsguide.com - Editor's Choice
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£189.99

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A very popular and affordable 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with multiple awards and great features
#4

88

HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

926 Reviews
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£189.99

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A critically acclaimed and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features and a very good price
#5

87

Legria HF R606

Canon Legria HF R606

73 Reviews
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£164.99

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Feb 2015
An excellently reviewed and bargain price 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
#6

86

Virb X

Garmin Virb X

7 Reviews + 1 Award
01net.com - 4 Star
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£172.99

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A cheap and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
#7

86

Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

502 Reviews + 15 Awards
mobi-test.de - Recommendedwhatnext.pl - Yesredeszone.net - 8 out of 10 AwardLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommended
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£23.00

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Sep 2016
Good for shooting underwater, this is the best scoring camcorder under £100
#8

85

HDR-PJ410

Sony HDR‑PJ410

147 Reviews
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£247.98

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A top-rated and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features and an affordable price
#9

85

RE

HTC RE

149 Reviews + 1 Award
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£55.99

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A fully featured and very cheap 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera
#10

84

Osmo+

DJI Osmo+

57 Reviews + 9 Awards
avforums.com - Highly Recommendedlydogbillede.dk - Best in Test 6 Starljudochbild.se - Best in TestLydogbilde.no - Best in Test 6 Star
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£179.00

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A best selling and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 8 further awards from other expert sites
#11

84

LEGRIA HF R86

Canon LEGRIA HF R86

3 Reviews + 1 Award
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£238.99

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A fairly new and fully featured 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an industry award and a cheap price
#12

84

HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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£399.00

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An award winning and high-quality 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with a good price
#13

84

Legria HF R806

Canon Legria HF R806

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£164.99

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A best selling and top-value 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with features
#14

83

DVR2121

Vivitar DVR2121

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£39.98

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The top scoring video camera under £50, with great features
#15

82

HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

963 Reviews
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£198.99

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A very popular and critically acclaimed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a cheap price and good features
#16

81

SP360

Kodak SP360

74 Reviews + 4 Awards
01net.com - 4 StarLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Startomsguide.com - Editor's Choice
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£189.00

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A very cheap and high-quality 1x optical zoom 3264 x 3264 pixels resolution video camera, good for recording high-quality video
#17

81

HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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£379.00

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An award winning and fully featured 20x optical zoom 6528 x 3672 pixels resolution video camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money
#18

81

HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

466 Reviews
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£129.99

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A very popular and bargain price 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features
#19

81

HC-VX870

Panasonic HC‑VX870

21 Reviews + 1 Award
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£479.00

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A fully loaded but 2 year old 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with one of the highest image qualities around but representing only moderate value for money
#20

81

GZ-R435

JVC GZ‑R435

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£235.00

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A powerful and fairly new 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 10MP camcorder, with a low price and one of the biggest optical zooms available

81

Legria HF R76

Canon Legria HF R76

7 Reviews
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£219.99

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A powerful and top-rated 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a good price

80

HDR-CX450

Sony HDR‑CX450

70 Reviews
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£229.99

Argos
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A very highly rated and bargain price 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

80

DrivePro 100

Transcend DrivePro 100

903 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£98.81

Wellindal
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An amazingly light weight and stunningly good value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and two industry awards

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GZ-R415

JVC GZ‑R415

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£238.00

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A fully loaded and good value for money 3680 x 2760 pixels resolution 10MP camcorder

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Q2N

Zoom Q2N

41 Reviews
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£135.00

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A light weight and top-rated 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a reasonable price and good features

79

HDR-CX240

Sony HDR‑CX240

458 Reviews
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£129.99

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A fully featured and low cost 27x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder

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VCC-006-K2NPNG

Veho VCC‑006‑K2NPNG

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£139.99

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Oct 2015
An affordable and stunningly light weight 1x optical zoom 3200 x 2400 pixels resolution video camera, good for shooting underwater

79

HDR-PJ410

Sony HDR‑PJ410

147 Reviews
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£259.99

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An excellently reviewed but 2 year old 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features but representing only middle of the road value for money

78

FDR-AX100

Sony FDR‑AX100

643 Reviews + 7 Awards
Digitaltrends.com - Recommended ProductDigital Versus - 5 Starlydogbillede.dk - Especially Recommended 5 StarLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommended
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£649.99

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A fully loaded and multi award winning 12x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites

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Legria HF R806

Canon Legria HF R806

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£212.50

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A massive optical sensor size and bargain price 32x optical zoom, 3.28MP camcorder, with great features

77

Bandit Action

TomTom Bandit Action

64 Reviews
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£139.99

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An affordable and best selling 1x optical zoom 4096 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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CX GOLD PLUS

ACTIVEON CX GOLD PLUS

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£108.65

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A low cost and amazingly light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features

77

Hero

GoPro Hero

867 Reviews + 7 Awards
Digitaltrends.com - Editor's Choicemod-your-case.de - GoldPhotographyBlog.com - Highly RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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£64.99

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An spectacularly cheap and very popular 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and multiple awards

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HC-V180

Panasonic HC‑V180

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£179.00

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A fully featured and good value for money 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP video camera

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Q4

Zoom Q4

76 Reviews
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£199.99

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An affordable and classic 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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PIXPRO SP360

Kodak PIXPRO SP360

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£100.00

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A bargain price and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

77

DVR944

Vivitar DVR944

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£77.83

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A good spec and affordable 1x optical zoom 4640 x 3480 pixels resolution camcorder

77

HDR-AS30

Sony HDR‑AS30

86 Reviews
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£170.20

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An affordable and fully featured 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera

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DVC 5.10

Praktica DVC 5.10

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£118.98

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A very cheap but 2 year old 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

76

DrivePro 200

Transcend DrivePro 200

921 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£89.99

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A very popular and light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a best buy award from one expert review website and 4 further awards from other expert sites

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CCA10

ACTIVEON CCA10

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£29.00

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A good spec and low cost 1x optical zoom 2560 x 1920 pixels resolution video camera

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HC-V380

Panasonic HC‑V380

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£209.00

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A bargain price and gigantic optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP video camera, with very good features

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X150

Kaiser Baas X150

2 Reviews
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£87.98

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An excellent value for money and critically acclaimed 1x optical zoom 2.7K 2704 x 1524p (15 fps) pixels resolution video camera, but with only average features

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DVR936

Vivitar DVR936

3 Reviews
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£38.99

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A low cost and classic 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and a remarkably light 50g weight

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THETA SC

Ricoh THETA SC

11 Reviews
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£139.00

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A very cheap and very popular 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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HC-V160EB-K

Panasonic HC‑V160EB‑K

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£129.98

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A good spec and affordable 38x optical zoom 3968 x 2232 pixels resolution camcorder, with many positive recommendations

76

Hero 4

GoPro Hero 4

949 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£150.00

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A very popular and award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with a platinum award from one expert review website and 2 further awards from other expert sites

76

FDR-AX53

Sony FDR‑AX53

145 Reviews
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£689.00

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A powerful and very popular 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with user reviews but representing poor value for money

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Legria HF R806

Canon Legria HF R806

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£189.98

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A huge optical sensor size and best selling 32x optical zoom, 3.28MP video camera, with an affordable price and very good features

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MUVI K-Series K1

Veho MUVI K‑Series K1

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£111.51

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An spectacularly light weight and staggeringly cheap 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features and a gigantic 16MP total megapixels

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HC-V380EB-K

Panasonic HC‑V380EB‑K

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£209.00

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A huge optical zoom and cheap 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 2.51MP video camera, with very good features

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HF R88

Canon HF R88

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£335.00

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A relatively new and fully featured 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, but representing only moderate value for money

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CX GOLD PLUS

ACTIVEON CX GOLD PLUS

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£100.00

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A bargain price but slightly out of date 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features

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LEGRIA HF R88

Canon LEGRIA HF R88

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£264.00

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A fully featured and relatively new 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, but representing only moderate value for money

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Camileo P25

Toshiba Camileo P25

18 Reviews
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£59.99

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A classic and bargain price 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features

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AC-200W

HP AC‑200W

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£91.03

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A massive optical sensor size and bargain price 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and one of the lightest weights on the market

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FDR-X1000

Sony FDR‑X1000

10 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£349.00

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An spectacularly light weight and award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features but representing only average value for money

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X80 Action Camcorder

Kaiser Baas X80 Action Camcorder

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£52.64

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A fully featured and affordable 1x optical zoom 2560 x 1960 pixels resolution video camera

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Dji Osmo 4K Ultra HD Action Camcorder

DJI Dji Osmo 4K Ultra HD Action Camcorder

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£439.99

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A fairly new and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features but representing only average value for money

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MUVI K-Series K2

Veho MUVI K‑Series K2

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£102.99

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Logo Brand Number of Camcorders Price Range Average Rating
Sony logo Sony Camcorders 45 £130 - £16,980 83%
Canon logo Canon Camcorders 34 £26 - £3,594 75%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Camcorders 25 £130 - £3,199 79%
Other brands Other Camcorder Brands 93 £23 - £5,149

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{Vivitar DCM107
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an 'action camcorder'?
AAn action camcorder is a very small recording device meant to be worn on clothing or attached to a helmet. It's normally used to film extreme sports or give a 'first person' view of what the subject sees.
QWhat's the difference between 'optical' and 'digital' zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camcorder to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
QWhat is an 'image stabiliser'?
AAn image stabiliser detects and compensates for small judders and shakes while filming, meaning the resulting video is far smoother and still.
QWhy is a big sensor size important?
AA larger optical sensor produces better quality videos, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Camcorder Buying Guide

Although VHS players are long gone, everybody still wants to preserve their best memories. Pictures are great ways to do that, but for many occasions you really need a video to put yourself in the moment again. Or perhaps you are a film maker looking for a professional camera that is not too bulky? Do you post video diaries on YouTube during your trips? Whatever you like to do, there's a camcorder for that.

Of course, this isn't 1997 anymore, and your choices are not limited to Super 8 and VCR. Before buying a camcorder, you need to look at what kind of video camera and quality do you need, how often you will use it and how you plan to watch the videos.

By knowing your needs and matching them to the options available, you will be able to shoot your family videos, that great football match, the concert ever of your favourite band and your YouTube blog too!

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Key Camcorder Features

Resolution

The image resolution determines the number of pixels the image you shoot contains. In most cases, this is the most important factor to look at when choosing a camcorder. Today, a good camera will have a resolution between 1080p and 4K. These are also known as Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) and Ultra High Definition (3840 x 2160 pixels). Although a 4K camera sounds attractive, it is only worth the higher cost if you have the ability to view the result on a 4K screen. TVs and monitors that work at 4K UHD are becoming more widely available and 4K recording will become more widespread in the future too.

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Sensor Size

The larger the resolution on a camera, the larger the sensor needs to be in order to capture the video in good quality. While most cameras with the same output resolution will have a similar sensor size, sometimes there are differences. Some 4K cameras for example use 1” sensors but others used 1/2.3” sensors. While a smaller sensor will work for average recording conditions, a larger sensor will show its worth in low-light scenes as it allows it to capture more light.

Bit Rate

In terms of image quality, the bit rate is usually the third item to look at when comparing two cameras that have the same resolution and sensor size. The bit rate describes the amount of data that is generated by the camera when it records. The more data it produces per second of film, the better the image quality will be. A difference between a 24 MBPS (megabytes per second) camera and a 28 MBPS one will be very subtle, but still noticeable. The bit rate is also important for another reason: file storage. At 25 MBPS it takes about one hour to fill up a 16GB card. Recording at a higher bit rate means your memory card will fill up more quickly.

When recording at a higher bit rate it is usually a good idea to invest in a memory card with higher capacity or download the content onto a computer at regular intervals.

Image Stabilisation

Unless you are filming from a tripod or have very steady hands, having a camera with good image stabilisation is essential to prevent your recordings turning blurry, particularly when using zoom. There are two main types: optical and digital image stabilisation.

Optical Image Stabilisation

Optical image stabilisation is the most effective type to keep your videos sharp. Small gyro-sensors inside the lens shift moveable glass elements to offset the motion of the camcorder.

Digital Image Stabilisation

Digital image stabilistaion uses software to calculate the best way to avoid shaky images. It might mean that only certain pixels of the camcorder’s sensor are used for the final image. Digital stabilisation is not as effective as optical stabilisations and it is worth checking the type used before buying a camcorder that id not specific about the stabilisation type it uses.

Zoom

A good optical zoom can make a big difference when you are recording. If you are shooting sports, wildlife, airplanes, concerts and anything else, which is a considerable distance away, a minimum of 25x optical zoom is recommended. Filming people only a few metres away can be done with 10x or even 5x zoom. Optical zoom is always preferred to digital zoom because it captures the full frame at the highest quality. Digital zoom simply crops and enlarges a portion of the image reducing the resolution of the result.

Aperture

This is especially important if you are going to shoot in low-light environments like concert halls, caves and at night. The aperture of a camera defines how big the opening in the camera lens is which allows light in. The larger the opening, the more light is allowed in and the higher the quality of a low-light image will be. Aperture is measured in f-stops, with a smaller number representing a larger opening. For example, f1.8 is great for low-light settings whereas f5.6 and higher might result in an image that is too dark.

Audio Quality

Good quality audio is essential to capture the atmosphere of a football match or the music of a concert. It is important to check the quality of the built in microphone when buying a camcorder. Most budget options will have a mono microphone, which records only one channel. This can make the audio feel lifeless and flat and a high quality stereo microphone will be a much better option. If you are after the highest sound quality, using an external microphone will give the best results.

Memory

Most cameras will offer a certain amount of internal memory. Some camcorders used to have and internal hard disk drive (HDD) but this is now becoming less common as flash memory has become cheaper and takes up less space.

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The internal memory can be extended by inserting an SD card. If you use your camera for short scenes or are downloading files to your computer frequently, a relatively small SD card will be sufficient. To shoot hours of video at a time will require a large SD card or even multiple cards that can be exchanged when full.

WiFi

Being able to connect to your camcorder wirelessly opens up a lot of possibilities which you may or may not find useful. WiFi can allow some cameras to connect to a smartphone, which can then be used as a remote control.

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Battery Life

If you plan to record for a long time, or be outside and away from a plug, a long battery life is essential. Battery life can vary between camcorders so it is worth checking the manufacturer’s specifications before making your decision. Batteries can be replaced on some camcorder models allowing to extend recording times. You can replace the camcorder battery with a spare one when it runs out and continue recording straight away.

Camcorder Types Explained

After checking the specifications, you probably have an idea of what you need in a camera. This brings us to the next step: finding the type of camera that has all the features you need. Most camcorders fall into one of four categories:

Mainstream Camcorders

These are the workhorses of the family. Here you will find the camcorders that pack all the basic features, can record footage at good quality and will serve the regular home user very well. Examples here include the low-ends of the Canon VIXIA, Sony CX and Panasonic V ranges. Despite being relatively simple, most mainstream camcorders will work for sport events, concerts, family videos and much more while having a lower price tag than other options. These are the best choice unless you have more specific requirements.

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Advanced & Professional Camcorders

At some point the good old family camera may not make the grade, and then comes the time to look for models that pack in some high-end features. You will only be in this situation if you have specific requirements for which the good old mainstream camcorder wasn't made for. This includes very low light capture, 4K capability, image stabilisation, HD audio and other specific features. Each advanced camcorder has a different range of features, but most will give you high end results that can benefit both professional and demanding amateur users.

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Pocket Camcorders

These small camcorders allow you to take them with you wherever you go without having to take a bag, and they are usually very affordable too. One of the downsides are a usually a compromise in image quality. While you can still find good options in this range, there are physical limitations to the size of sensor that can be built into a small camera. For the usual blogger who just needs a basic camera with low-end HD options, this will do. If you need more options or features (including handles), look at mainstream camcorders instead.

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Wearable/Action Camcorders

If you are planning to attach your camera to something that will move, shake, turn or swim, you definitely need an action camera. The most popular and recognised camera in this niche is the GoPro series, but there are alternatives from Sony and other brands too. Most action cams are waterproof making them ideal for surfing, swimming, snowboading and diving.

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Finding the Right Camcorder for Every Situation

Home Videos

Taking home videos of your children and family can be done in reasonable quality with a less expensive camcorder but you might still prefer Full HD resolution to less detailed alternatives.

Sports

If you like filming sports, particularly ones played in arenas and other settings where lighting may not be ideal, a camcorder with a good low-light performance is crucial. Look for a long zoom lens and optical image stabilsation to make sure you can capture the action without losing focus.

Video Blogging

If you tend to record mostly at home, a pocket camcorder might be all you need. This is an inexpensive way to get started. You could even consider using a good quality webcam. If you plan to film outside you might require more features like a good optical zoom and image stabilisation.

Film & Documentaries

With YouTube, Vimeo and other online streaming services allowing Ultra High Definition Uploads, a 4K camcorder might be worth considering to make sure you achieve the highest possible quality and prepare for the future. For the best results, look for good image stabilisation, a big aperture and a large sensor that can handle low-light shots. A powerful zoom wouldn't go amiss either if the action is happening further out. Alternatively, if you are working on a set where you have the ability to adjust the lighting and prevent unexpected camera movement, a high-end 1080p camera on a stable mount might be adequate.

Camcorder Retailers, Prices and Features

Video Camera Prices

We currently list 201 camcorders ranging from £20 to £16,980. The average price of a new camcorder is £1,026 and 80% of video cameras are priced between £60 and £2,839. The cheapest video camera that we found is the Polaroid iD1880 at only £21, and the most expensive is the Sony NEX-VG30 at £16,980.

Video Camera Brands - Price Range

The average price of Sony camcorders is £2,351 which is the highest average price of all video camera brands. Sony camcorders range in price from £130 to £16,980.

The %8highest average video camera price out of all brands is JVC video cameras with an average price of £1,347. JVC video cameras start at £196 and the most expensive JVC video camera costs £5,149.

Blackmagic Design video cameras start at £799 and the most expensive Blackmagic Design video camera costs £1,780. The third highest average video camera price out of all brands is Blackmagic Design video cameras with an average price of £1,290.

Video Camera Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 902 expert reviews and 21,797 user reviews for video cameras and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of video camera. Benq is the top rated video camera brand with an average rating of 91%. GoPro is the second best brand with 89% and Transcend is the third best brand with 88%.

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

We found 122 current offers for video cameras from Amazon UK making it the biggest camcorder retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 94 current offers for video cameras. The third biggest retailer is Argos with 71 current camcorder offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

January to February is the most common period for new video cameras to be released in. If you want the latest camcorder features you may want to think about waiting until January 2018. Also the price of the current camcorders may drop off just before the latest models are released in January. The biggest month in 2016 for new camcorder releases was February, with 27 new video cameras released that month. 31 new camcorders were released in September 2015 making it the biggest month that year for new video camera releases. In January 2014 28 new video cameras were released making it the biggest month that year for new camcorder releases.

How Fast Do Video Camera Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, video cameras drop in price by 4%. That means that on a typical video camera costing £1,023 you could save on average £36 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

An optical zoom lets you enlarge the subject without having to move closer to it.

The optical zooms of video cameras range from 1x to 70x. The optical zooms of the majority of camcorders range from 1x to 7.1x. The SonyDCR-PJ5 has the biggest optical zoom. This video camera is a 57x optical zoom camcorder and is available at £198.90. The camcorder with the smallest optical zoom is the SonyDCR-PJ5, which is a 1x optical zoom video camera and is on sale for £449.99.

An optical zoom lets you zoom without loosing image quality. Digital zooms will simply enlarge the pixels and make the image look blurry.

Max Video Resolutions

Video resolution is the amount of pixels that make up each frame of the recorded video.

We found 780 camcorders that are video cameras that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 pixels the most frequently found max video resolution amongst new camcorders. We found 780 camcorders that are video cameras that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, making 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels the second most popular max video resolution amongst new camcorders.

A higher video resolution means that each frame will be more detailed and sharper, with less blurring or smudging. This leads to a far higher quality video.

Total Megapixels

A megapixel (MP or Mpx) is one million pixels, and is a term used not only for the number of pixels in an image, but also to express the number of image sensor elements of digital cameras or the number of display elements of digital displays. For example, a camera that makes a 2048 1536 pixel image typically uses a few extra rows and columns of sensor elements and is commonly said to have "3.2 megapixels" or "3.4 megapixels", depending on whether the number reported is the "effective" or the "total" pixel count (as opposed to the 2048 1536 = 3,145,728 finished image pixels).

Across the range of camcorders, the total megapixels range from 0.3MP to 50MP. The total megapixels of the majority of camcorders range from 2.7MP to 5.1MP. The video camera with the biggest total megapixels is the PanasonicHC-X920, which is a 38.28MP camcorder and can be purchased for £679.99. The PanasonicHC-X920, which is available at £198.90, has the smallest total megapixels and is a 0.8MP camcorder.

A larger number of megapixels increases the sharpness of images and video.

Optical Sensor Sizes

Optical sensor size is one of the most important factors affecting the image quality produced by a camcorder. The sensor is what processes the light from the lens and transfers it into a digital image.

Comparing all video cameras, the optical sensor sizes range from 1" to 4/3". The optical sensor sizes of most camcorders range from 0.13" to 0.28". The SonyPXW-FS7, which is on sale for £7,080.00, has the largest optical sensor size and is a 4/3" optical sensor size camcorder. The SonyPXW-FS7 has the smallest optical sensor size. This video camera is a 1" optical sensor size video camera and is available at £2,099.00.

A larger optical sensor produces better quality results, because more light can be brought into the lens at once, This leads to larger, more highly-detailed videos and photos.

Weights

This denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

Comparing all camcorders, the weights range from 50g to 7.4kg. The weights of the majority of camcorders range from 50g to 340g. The SonyBRC-H800 has the heaviest weight. This camcorder is a 4.3kg camcorder and is priced at £8,107.20. The SonyBRC-H800, which can be purchased for £23.99, has the lightest weight and is a 50g video camera.

A lighter camcorder is easier to handle when recording and to carry when travelling.

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

The biggest camcorder retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 122 current camcorder offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest camcorder retailer is eBay with 94 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to video cameras. Argos is the third biggest retailer with 71 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Camcorders?

The cheapest retailer by number of camcorder for which they offer the cheapest price is v with the cheapest price on 60 camcorders.

Proportion of Camcorders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on video cameras is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 49.2% of its video cameras.