Compare Camcorders

Compare the 10 Best CamcordersOctober 2017

Share on

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every camcorder on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list. In total we compared over 733 camcorders, 26,000 reviews and 6,900 prices. Last updated 13 October 2017.

Sort by
Scroll up to see results
60% Off
£24.90
Save £37.99

#1 GoPro HERO5

HERO5
Les Numeriques.com - 5 StarTrusted Reviews - Recommendedtecnogeekies.com - GoldPhotographyBlog.com - Recommended
A best selling and affordable 1x optical zoom 4200 x 2800 pixels resolution camcorder, with a Gold award from one expert review website and 4 further awards from other expert sites
89
Reviews
5 Awards
98
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Features
Fully-Featured
75
Age
2 Years Old
90
Overall Score
Excellent
1x
4200 X 2800 pixels
12MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
74g
Sep 2015
Weight
Release Date
Start Fitness logo
Argos £28.50
Wex Photographic £34.95
Compare
View Details
28% Off
£189.99
Save £74.25

#2 Canon HF R706

HF R706
The highest rated camcorder under £500, with great user reviews
80
Reviews
3 Reviews
93
Value for Money
Excellent
85
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
4 Months Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
32x
1920 X 1080 pixels
3.28MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
235g
Jun 2017
Weight
Release Date
Discounted Digital logo
Amazon UK £194.99
Compare
View Details
7% Off
£186.99
Save £13.00

#3 Garmin Virb X

Virb X
01net.com - 4 Star
A very popular and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, good for shooting underwater
89
Reviews
1 Award
88
Value for Money
Excellent
82
Features
Fully-Featured
71
Age
2 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
1x
1920 X 1080 pixels
12MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
151g
Sep 2015
Weight
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Argos £199.99
Compare
View Details
65% Off
Sony FDR-AX1
£3,425.64
Was £9,856 (26 days ago)
Amazon UK
View More Amazing Camcorder Deals
£209.99

#4 Canon Legria HF R76

Legria HF R76
A very cheap and top of the range 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great user reviews
76
Reviews
7 Reviews
92
Value for Money
Excellent
90
Features
Fully-Featured
74
Age
2 Years Old
84
Overall Score
Excellent
32x
1920 X 1080 pixels
3.28MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
240g
Feb 2016
Weight
Release Date
Amazon UK logo
Compare
View Details
£164.99

#5 Canon Legria HF R606

Legria HF R606
A positively reviewed and bargain price 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
88
Reviews
36 Reviews
90
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
63
Age
3 Years Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent
32x
1920 X 1080 pixels
3.28MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
235g
Jan 2015
Weight
Release Date
Ebuyer Business logo
Amazon UK £269.98
DigitalRev UK £2,280.00
Compare
View Details
12% Off
£199.00
Save £27.32

#6 Sony HDR‑CX405

HDR-CX405
A bargain price and very highly rated 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features
90
Reviews
978 Reviews
88
Value for Money
Excellent
77
Features
Good Features
71
Age
2 Years Old
83
Overall Score
Excellent
30x
1920 X 1080 pixels
9.2MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
190g
Sep 2015
Weight
Release Date
Currys logo
Misco £261.60
Compare
View Details
£42.37

#7 Samsung Gear 360

Gear 360
adrenaline.uol.com.br - Silverwhatnext.pl - Yes01net.com - 4 StarLydogbilde.no - Especially Recommended
A breathtakingly cheap and multi award winning 1x optical zoom 3840 x 1920 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a gigantic 30MP total megapixels
85
Reviews
10 Awards
96
Value for Money
Excellent
65
Features
Good Features
81
Age
1 Year Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
1x
3840 X 1920 pixels
30MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
152g
Sep 2016
Weight
Release Date
eBay logo
Amazon UK £105.75
John Lewis £199.97
Compare
View Details
50% Off
£96.99
Save £96.00

#8 GoPro HERO Session

HERO Session
mashable.com - Mashable Choice01net.com - 5 StarM3.idg.se - Recommended
A very popular and breathtakingly light weight 8MP, 1/4" optical sensor size camcorder, with multiple awards and a stunningly cheap price
92
Reviews
3 Awards
95
Value for Money
Excellent
74
Features
Good Features
83
Age
2 Years Old
86
Overall Score
Excellent
1x
1920 X 1080 pixels
8MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
74g
Apr 2016
Weight
Release Date
eBay logo
Amazon UK £139.00
PC World Business £148.99
Compare
View Details
£257.98

#8 Sony HDRPJ410

HDRPJ410
A very popular and very highly rated 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an affordable price and very good features
93
Reviews
143 Reviews
77
Value for Money
Very Good
82
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Age
3 Years Old
82
Overall Score
Excellent
30x
1920 X 1080 pixels
9.2MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
210g
Jan 2015
Weight
Release Date
PC World Business logo
Argos £257.99
Currys £257.99
Compare
View Details
£55.99

#9 HTC RE

RE
An impressive value for money and good spec 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
91
Value for Money
Excellent
76
Features
Good Features
68
Age
2 Years Old
81
Overall Score
Excellent
1x
1920 X 1080 pixels
16MP
Optical Zoom
Max Video Resolution
Total Megapixels
66.5g
Aug 2015
Weight
Release Date
eBay logo
Compare
View Details

No matching products found.

 More  Loading…

Camcorder Brands

Find out how camcorder brands compare. The average rating for each brand is based on the rating of all of their camcorders. Click on a link to compare all camcorders made by your favourite brand.

Logo Brand Number of Camcorders Price Range Average Rating
Sony logo Sony Camcorders 47 £130 - £16,980 82%
Canon logo Canon Camcorders 35 £44 - £4,299 76%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Camcorders 23 £130 - £3,810 83%
Other brands Other Camcorder Brands 92 £25 - £5,149

Today's Best Camcorder Deals

Today's Best Camcorder Deals

44% Off
Bushnell 8MP Trophy Cam
£119.95
Was £215 yesterday
48% Off
Sony FDR-AX100
£649.99
Was £1,258 yesterday
13% Off
Sony FDR-X1000
£333.35
Was £383 (5 days ago)
20% Off
Sony DCR-PJ5
£198.90
Was £250 (6 days ago)
23% Off
Sony HDR-CX405
£147.20
Was £192 yesterday
14% Off
ION SnapCam LE
£74.97
Was £87 (7 days ago)
View More Amazing Camcorder Deals

Trending Camcorder Comparisons

Finding the Right Camcorder for You

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!

Sony HDR CX900

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.

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 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 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. 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.

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:

Canon HF R38

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.

Sony HXR NX3-VG1

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.

JVC Full HD pocket camcorder

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.

GoPro Hero 4

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.

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 203 video cameras ranging from £23 to £16,980. On average, a new video camera costs £967 and 80% of video cameras are priced between £54 and £2,732. The Sony NEX-VG30 is the most expensive camcorder that we found at £16,980, and the ION SnapCam Lite is the cheapest at only £24.

Camcorder Brands - Price Range

The %8highest average video camera price out of all brands is Sony camcorders with an average price of £2,086. Sony camcorders start at £110 and the most expensive Sony video camera costs £16,980.

The %8highest average camcorder price out of all brands is JVC video cameras with an average price of £1,249. JVC video cameras start at £238 and the most expensive JVC camcorder costs £5,149.

The %8highest average camcorder price out of all brands is Canon camcorders with an average price of £1,213. Canon camcorders start at £43 and the most expensive Canon camcorder costs £4,299.

Camcorder Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 832 expert reviews and 18,409 user reviews for video cameras written online and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of camcorder. Benq is the top rated video camera brand with an average rating of 92%. GoPro is the second best brand with 89% and Transcend is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

The biggest video camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 132 current video camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest video camera retailer is eBay with 92 offers. That means Amazon UK is significantly bigger than eBay when it comes to camcorders. Argos is the third biggest retailer with 67 current offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

Most new camcorders tend to be released between January and February. If you want the latest video camera features you may want to consider waiting until January 2018. It's also worth keeping in mind that the price of the current camcorders tend to drop off when the next models are released. The biggest month in 2016 for new video camera releases was February, with 26 new camcorders released that month. In 2015 most new camcorders were released in September, with 31 new camcorders released that month. 29 new camcorders were released in January 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new camcorder releases.

How Fast Do Camcorder Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, camcorders drop in price by 7% on average. That means that on a typical video camera costing £967 you could save on average £65 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

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

Comparing all camcorders, the optical zooms range from 1x to 70x. The optical zooms of the majority of video cameras range from 1x to 7.1x. The SonyDCR-SX22/S has the biggest optical zoom. This camcorder is a 60x optical zoom camcorder and sells for £221.04. The SonyDCR-SX22/S has the smallest optical zoom. This video camera is a 1x optical zoom video camera and is available at £74.99.

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

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).

The total megapixels of video cameras range from 0.3MP to 50MP. The total megapixels of most video cameras range from 2.7MP to 5.1MP. The PanasonicHC-X920 has the biggest total megapixels. This video camera is a 38.28MP video camera and currently retails for £679.99. The PanasonicHC-X920, which currently retails for £198.90, has the smallest total megapixels and is a 0.8MP video camera.

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 camcorders, the optical sensor sizes range from 1" to 4/3". The optical sensor sizes of the majority of video cameras range from 0.13" to 0.28". The SonyNEX-FS100, which is available at £999.00, has the largest optical sensor size and is a 4/3" optical sensor size video camera. The SonyNEX-FS100 has the smallest optical sensor size. This video camera is a 1" optical sensor size camcorder and is on sale for £1,632.98.

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.

Across the range of camcorders, the weights range from 50g to 7.4kg. The weights of most video cameras range from 50g to 300g. The video camera with the heaviest weight is the SonyBRC-H800, which is a 4.3kg camcorder and is on sale for £8,107.20. The video camera with the lightest weight is the SonyBRC-H800, which is a 50g camcorder and is on sale for £105.00.

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

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

We found 132 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 92 current offers for video cameras. The third biggest retailer is Argos with 67 current camcorder offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Video Cameras?

With the cheapest price on 63 camcorders, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest video camera shop.

Proportion of Camcorders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest camcorder prices (found to be cheapest for 47.7% of its camcorders).

Feedback