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Every week we rank the best camcorders based on features, reviews and price
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#1

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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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An impressive value for money and very popular 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
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SP360

Kodak SP360

75 Reviews + 4 Awards
01net.com - 4 StarLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarDigital Versus - 5 Startomsguide.com - Editor's Choice
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£83.84

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The cheapest 4K camcorder on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
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88

THETA SC

Ricoh THETA SC

11 Reviews
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£149.00

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A very popular and very good value for money 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with very good features and user reviews
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Virb X

Garmin Virb X

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

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An award winning and low cost 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
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Legria HF R76

Canon Legria HF R76

7 Reviews
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£169.99

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An extremely good value for money and powerful 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with user reviews
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88

Osmo+

DJI Osmo+

57 Reviews + 9 Awards
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£129.00

Wex Photographic
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A top-value and very popular 1x optical zoom 3840 x 2160 pixels resolution camcorder, with good features and multiple awards
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Legria HF R606

Canon Legria HF R606

73 Reviews
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£164.99

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A positively reviewed and very cheap 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with great features
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87

HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

966 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 a very fair price and very good features
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87

HDRPJ410

Sony HDRPJ410

147 Reviews
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£246.98

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A very popular and positively reviewed 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with very good features and a cheap price
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87

Gear 360

Samsung Gear 360

667 Reviews + 15 Awards
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£72.01

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A multi award winning and bargain price 1x optical zoom 3840 x 1920 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a massive 30MP total megapixels
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86

RE

HTC RE

149 Reviews + 1 Award
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£50.00

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A bargain price and sensationally light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with great features
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86

Theta S

Ricoh Theta S

289 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£57.99

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A very popular and top-value 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 5 further awards from other expert sites
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Legria HF R806

Canon Legria HF R806

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£169.00

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A bargain price and very popular 32x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with features
#14

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LEGRIA HF R86

Canon LEGRIA HF R86

3 Reviews + 1 Award
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£244.00

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DVR2121

Vivitar DVR2121

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£39.98

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The top scoring video camera under £50, with features
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Q2N

Zoom Q2N

41 Reviews
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£129.99

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A relatively new and excellently reviewed 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with good features and a breathtakingly light 90g weight
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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 high-quality 20x optical zoom 6528 x 3672 pixels resolution video camera, with a reasonable price
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DrivePro 100

Transcend DrivePro 100

895 Reviews + 2 Awards
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£77.95

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A staggeringly cheap and stunningly light weight 1x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution camcorder, with two industry awards and good features
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HDR-CX405

Sony HDR‑CX405

966 Reviews
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£198.00

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A critically acclaimed and very popular 30x optical zoom 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution video camera, with an affordable price and great features
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X80 Action Camcorder

Kaiser Baas X80 Action Camcorder

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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 85%.

Logo Brand Number of Camcorders Price Range Average Rating
Sony logo Sony Camcorders 54 £144 - £16,980 85%
Panasonic logo Panasonic Camcorders 30 £130 - £3,810 79%
Canon logo Canon Camcorders 39 £165 - £14,380 76%
Other brands Other Camcorder Brands 100 £25 - £5,149

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Sony PXW-Z150
Sony
PXW-Z150
£2,898.00
£912 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger total
megapixels
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Panasonic AG-DVX200
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AG-DVX200
£3,810.00
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3" larger
optical sensor
size
A bit bigger
optical zoom
Sony HXR-NX100
Sony
HXR-NX100
£1,647.60
£397 cheaper
Better brand
29% lighter
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Panasonic AG-UX90
Panasonic
AG-UX90
£2,044.93
22% bigger
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megapixels
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Panasonic HC-VXF990
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HC-VXF990
£629.00
£70 cheaper
61% lighter
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FDR-AX53
£699.00
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£2,097.60
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AG-UX90
£2,044.93
£53 cheaper
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AG-UX180
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AG-UX180
£2,934.00
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£198.00
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£169.00
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£2,898.00
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XA35
£1,698.00
£400 cheaper
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HDR-CX405
£198.00
£51 cheaper
Better brand
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£249.00
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£1,448 cheaper
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Sony HDR-CX625
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£339.00
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£143.95
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£198.00
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Panasonic HC-V180
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£177.99
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£249.00
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£1,348.20
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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

We currently list 196 video cameras ranging from £24 to £16,980. A new camcorder costs on average £1,008 and 80% of camcorders are priced between £58 and £2,899. The Veho MUVI Micro is the cheapest video camera at only £25, and Sony NEX-VG30 is the most expensive at £16,980.

Camcorder Brands - Price Range

Sony video cameras start at £144 and the most expensive Sony camcorder costs £16,980. The average price of Sony video cameras is £2,280 which is the highest average price of all camcorder brands.

The second highest average video camera price out of all brands is JVC camcorders with an average price of £1,341. JVC camcorders range in price from £236 to £5,149.

Blackmagic Design camcorders start at £700 and the most expensive Blackmagic Design video camera costs £1,780. The average price of Blackmagic Design camcorders is £1,240 which is the third highest average price of all video camera brands.

Video Camera Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 912 expert reviews and 21,820 user reviews for camcorders and used this information to calculate the average rating for each brand of video camera. Benq is the top rated video camera brand with an average rating of 93%. Transcend is the second best brand with 89% and HP is the third best brand with 89%.

Biggest Camcorder Retailers

The biggest video camera retailer by number of products currently for sale is Amazon UK. We found 129 current video camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest video camera retailer is Argos with 115 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than Argos when it comes to camcorders. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 88 current offers.

When Are Most New Video Cameras Released?

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

How Fast Do Video Camera Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, camcorders drop in price by 6% on average. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £62 on a typical £1,004 new video camera by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Zooms

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

Across the range of video cameras, 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-PJ5 has the biggest optical zoom. This camcorder is a 57x optical zoom camcorder and currently retails for £198.90. The camcorder with the smallest optical zoom is the SonyDCR-PJ5, which is a 1x optical zoom video camera and currently retails for £270.00.

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 768 video cameras that are camcorders that have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, which makes 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels the most frequently found max video resolution amongst new video cameras. 1920 x 1080 pixels is the second most frequently found max video resolution amongst new camcorders. We found 768 camcorders that are video cameras 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 camcorders range from 0.3MP to 50MP. The total megapixels of the majority of video cameras range from 2.7MP to 5.1MP. The PanasonicHC-X920 has the biggest total megapixels. This camcorder is a 38.28MP video camera and sells for £679.99. The camcorder with the smallest total megapixels is the PanasonicHC-X920, which is a 0.8MP video camera and sells 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.

Across the range of video cameras, 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 PanasonicAG-DVX200, which currently retails for £3,810.00, has the largest optical sensor size and is a 4/3" optical sensor size video camera. The camcorder with the smallest optical sensor size is the PanasonicAG-DVX200, which is a 1" optical sensor size camcorder and sells for £1,699.00.

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 most video cameras range from 50g to 340g. The SonyBRC-H800, which sells for £8,107.20, has the heaviest weight and is a 4.3kg camcorder. The video camera with the lightest weight is the SonyBRC-H800, which is a 50g camcorder and is priced at £108.99.

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 129 current video camera offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest video camera retailer is Argos with 115 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than Argos when it comes to camcorders. eBay is the third biggest retailer with 88 current offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Camcorders?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on video cameras is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 68 video cameras.

Proportion of Video Cameras for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 52.7% of its camcorders, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest camcorder retailer.