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Compare the 10 Best CamcordersJanuary 2018(Last Updated 19 January 2018)

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The best camcorders on the market, for shooting films and documenting the excitement of life
Compare top brands including Sony, Canon and Panasonic
Every week we rank the best camcorders based on features, reviews and price
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#1

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Legria HF R506

Canon Legria HF R506

48 Reviews
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£298.96

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Jan 2014
An affordable and classic 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features
#2

85

Legria Mini

Canon Legria Mini

26 Reviews + 1 Award
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£238.80

Digibroadcast
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Jan 2014
An affordable and award winning 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features
#3

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HDR-CX190EB

Sony HDR‑CX190EB

4 Reviews
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£293.47

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Jan 2012
A classic and very cheap 25x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features
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82

HX-WA30

Panasonic HX‑WA30

1 Review
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£281.99

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A fully featured and very cheap 5x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
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FDR-AXP33

Sony FDR‑AXP33

44 Reviews
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£1,258.80

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Jan 2015
A fully loaded and classic 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with a giant 20.6MP total megapixels but representing only middle of the road value for money
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Legria Mini X

Canon Legria Mini X

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£274.80

Digibroadcast
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Jan 2014
A fully featured and excellent value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder
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80

HC-WX970

Panasonic HC‑WX970

2 Reviews
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£1,032.75

Tekshop247
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Sep 2015
A powerful and positively reviewed 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with one of the highest image qualities on the market but representing only middle of the road value for money
#8

80

Legria HF G25

Canon Legria HF G25

60 Reviews
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£569.00

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Jan 2013
A fully featured and classic 10x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with a cheap price
#9

80

Air Pro 3 WiFi ActION

ION Air Pro 3 WiFi ActION

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£119.99

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The cheapest water resistant camcorder available
#10

79

BN119739

Bushnell BN119739

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£186.55

Digibroadcast
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Sep 2015
A bargain price but slightly out of date 1x optical zoom 1280 x 720 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features
#11

79

HC-VX870

Panasonic HC‑VX870

21 Reviews + 1 Award
Trusted Reviews - Recommended
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£477.99

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Sep 2015
A high image quality and high-quality 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an industry award but representing not very good value for money
#12

79

FDR-AX700

Sony FDR‑AX700

7 Reviews
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£1,669.00

Clifton Cameras
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Sep 2017
The highest scoring 4K camcorder around, with great features but representing inferior value for money
#13

79

FDR-AX53

Sony FDR‑AX53

144 Reviews
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£699.00

Wilkinson Cameras
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The best rated video camera under £1,000, with terrific user reviews but representing inferior value for money
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79

Hero 5

GoPro Hero 5

568 Reviews + 18 Awards
Techradar - Best in ClassTrusted Reviews - RecommendedPhotographyBlog.com - RecommendedPocket Lint - Editor's Choice
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£190.00

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A multi award winning and best selling 1x optical zoom 4200 x 2800 pixels resolution video camera, with an Editor's Choice award from four expert review websites and 14 further awards from other expert sites
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79

HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
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£379.00

Bristol Cameras
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An award winning and powerful 20x optical zoom 6528 x 3672 pixels resolution video camera, but representing not very good value for money
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HC-VXF990

Panasonic HC‑VXF990

3 Reviews
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£629.00

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A fully featured and very popular 20x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution video camera, with user reviews and one of the highest image qualities available
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C100

Canon C100

4 Reviews + 1 Award
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£2,391.60

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A gigantic optical sensor size and fully featured 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution 9.84MP camcorder, but representing only moderate value for money
#18

78

FDR-AX33

Sony FDR‑AX33

757 Reviews + 1 Award
Digital Versus - 5 Star
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£549.97

Park Cameras
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A high image quality and best selling 10x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with an industry award but representing not very good value for money
#19

78

HC-V770

Panasonic HC‑V770

15 Reviews + 1 Award
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£399.00

Preston Media
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Jan 2015
An award winning and powerful 20x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, but representing inferior value for money
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78

HDR-CX900

Sony HDR‑CX900

207 Reviews
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£713.77

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A high image quality and excellently reviewed 12x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with exceptional features and a huge 1/1.3" optical sensor size

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What Are The Best Camcorder Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every camcorder made by each brand and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated camcorder brand is Sony with an average rating of 83%.

Logo Brand Number of Camcorders Price Range Average Rating
Sony logo Sony Camcorders 53 £144 - £16,980 83%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Camcorders 30 £114 - £3,810 78%
Canon logo Canon Camcorders 39 £90 - £14,380 77%
Other brands Other Camcorder Brands 100 £25 - £5,149

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Sony PXW-Z150
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£2,898.00
£912 cheaper
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£3,810.00
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Sony
HXR-NX100
£1,647.60
£393 cheaper
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Panasonic AG-UX90
Panasonic
AG-UX90
£2,040.24
22% bigger
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Panasonic HC-VXF990
Panasonic
HC-VXF990
£629.00
£70 cheaper
61% lighter
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£699.00
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£2,097.60
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£1,698.00
£400 cheaper
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£198.00
£51 cheaper
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£249.00
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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

Camcorder Prices

The price range of camcorders is from £24 to £16,980 and in total we found prices for 224 camcorders. A new video camera costs on average £1,206 and 80% of video cameras are priced between £67 and £2,934. The cheapest camcorder that we found is the ION SnapCam Lite at only £25, and the most expensive is the Sony NEX-VG20 at £16,980.

Video Camera Brands - Price Range

Sony camcorders range in price from £144 to £16,980, and the average price of Sony camcorders is £2,705 which is the highest average price of all video camera brands.

Canon video cameras start at £165 and the most expensive Canon camcorder costs £14,380. The second highest average camcorder price out of all brands is Canon video cameras with an average price of £1,539.

JVC video cameras start at £230 and the most expensive JVC camcorder costs £5,149. The third highest average camcorder price out of all brands is JVC video cameras with an average price of £1,175.

Camcorder Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 895 expert reviews and 22,748 user reviews for camcorders written online and used this data to calculate the average rating for each brand of camcorder. The top three camcorder brands are Benq, GoPro and HP. Benq has an average rating of 93%, GoPro has an average rating of 89% and HP has an average rating of 89%.

Biggest Camcorder Retailers

The biggest video camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 131 current video camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest video camera retailer is Argos with 124 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than Argos when it comes to video cameras. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 88 current offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

January to February is the most common period for new camcorders to be released in. That means that most of the latest camcorder technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. 11 new video cameras were released in January 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new camcorder releases. The biggest month in 2016 for new video camera releases was February, with 27 new video cameras released that month. September was the biggest month in 2015 for new video cameras, with 31 new video cameras released that month.

How Fast Do Camcorder Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, camcorders drop in price by 7%. On a typical new camcorder costing £1,202, by waiting 6 months before buying you could save on average £81.

Optical Zooms

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

Across the range of camcorders, the optical zooms range from 1x to 70x. The optical zooms of most video cameras range from 1x to 7.1x. The SonyDCR-PJ5 has the biggest optical zoom. This video camera is a 57x optical zoom camcorder and sells for £198.90. The SonyDCR-PJ5 has the smallest optical zoom. This video camera is a 1x optical zoom camcorder and currently retails for £259.00.

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 772 camcorders that are video cameras that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, which makes this the most popular max video resolution amongst new camcorders. The second most frequently found max video resolution amongst new camcorders is 1920 x 1080 pixels. We found 772 camcorders 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).

Across the range of video cameras, the total megapixels range from 0.3MP to 50MP. The total megapixels of most video cameras range from 2.7MP to 5.1MP. The camcorder with the biggest total megapixels is the PanasonicHC-X920, which is a 38.28MP camcorder and can be purchased for £757.19. The PanasonicHC-X920 has the smallest total megapixels. This video camera is a 0.8MP camcorder and currently retails for £198.90.

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.

The optical sensor sizes of video cameras range from 1" to 4/3". The optical sensor sizes of the majority of video cameras range from 0.13" to 0.28". The video camera with the largest optical sensor size is the SonyPXW-FS5, which is a 4/3" optical sensor size camcorder and can be purchased for £4,399.00. The SonyPXW-FS5, which sells for £649.99, has the smallest optical sensor size and is a 1" optical sensor size camcorder.

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 video cameras, the weights range from 50g to 7.4kg. The weights of most video cameras range from 50g to 340g. The SonyBRC-H800, which can be purchased for £8,107.20, has the heaviest weight and is a 4.3kg video camera. The SonyBRC-H800 has the lightest weight. This camcorder is a 50g camcorder and sells for £30.00.

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

Biggest Video Camera Retailers

The biggest video camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 131 current video camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest video camera retailer is Argos with 124 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than Argos when it comes to video cameras. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 88 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Video Cameras?

Amazon UK most frequently has the cheapest camcorder prices (found to be cheapest for 67 camcorders).

Proportion of Video Cameras 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 51.1% of its video cameras.