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5 Best Award Winning Camcorders in the UK - November 2019

Updated 07 November 2019 by Matthew
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5 best award winning camcorders

Which Are the Best Award Winning Camcorders?

Don't have time to read our analysis of the best award winning camcorders? No problem, let's cut to the chase, the best award winning camcorders are:

  • 1) Sony DCR-PJ5 -
  • 2) Canon XA10 - £953.99 Toby Deals
  • 3) Samsung SMX-F40 -
  • 4) AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER -
  • 5) Midland XTC100 - £29.95 Knights Electrocom

What Award Winning Camcorder to Buy in November 2019?

Let's take a look at the top 5 award winning camcorders currently for sale in the UK, compared side by side:

Best Buy
Sony DCR-PJ5 Canon XA10 Samsung SMX-F40 AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER Midland XTC100
Sony DCR-PJ5 Canon XA10 Samsung SMX-F40 AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER Midland XTC100
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Toby Deals
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Knights Electrocom
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0.8MP
57x
OPTICAL ZOOM
230g
720 X 480
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1,800x
(DIGITAL)
2.37MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
820g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
0.8MP
52x
OPTICAL ZOOM
220g
720 X 576
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
5.03MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
145g
5.2MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
93g
640 X 480
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
32GB
MAXIMUM
86
Reviews
7 Reviews
77
Features
Good Features
67
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
75
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
8 Years Old
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
96
Reviews
16 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
72
Value for Money
Good
70
Age
7 Years Old
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent
56
Brand Rating
Average Brand
81
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
8 Years Old
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
85
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
67
Age
8 Years Old
69
Kagoo Score
Good
48
Brand Rating
Mediocre Brand
76
Features
Good Features
71
Popularity
Quite Popular
79
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
7 Years Old
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
A good spec and classic 230g, 0.8MP video camera, with a reasonable price and max video resolution. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in projector and a face detection and is Full HD. Purchasers report that this camcorder has a very great audio quality, an excellent video quality and outstanding controls. It's a fully featured and award winning 10x optical zoom, 820g camcorder, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site and a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a face detection and a built-in display and supports HDMI. An optical zoom and fully featured 220g, 0.8MP camcorder, with a fair price. A low cost and fully featured 145g, 5.03MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and is waterproof. A good value for money and good spec 93g, 5.2MP camcorder.
6 Reasons For
50% Bigger Optical Zoom
Full HD
Face Detection
Built-in Microphone
Longer Video Recording Time
Built-in Projector
11 Reasons For
Higher Maximum Video Resolution
Lower Minimum Aperture Number
Face Detection
1" Larger Display Diagonal
HDMI
Better Kagoo Score
Two More Awards
Significantly Better Expert Reviews
Much Better User Reviews
Better Brand
Better Parentesis.com Review Score
1 Reason For
Built-in Microphone
6 Reasons For
Higher Maximum Video Resolution
Full HD
Face Detection
2560 X 1440 Still Image Resolution
HDMI
Waterproof
5 Reasons For
Lighter
4.4MP Bigger Total Megapixels
£924 Cheaper
More Shops Are Selling it
Three Months Newer
13 Reasons Against
A Lot Heavier
Smaller Total Megapixels
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
400x Smaller Digital Zoom
Smaller Display Diagonal
Does Not Support HDMI
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Seven Months
Expert Review Rating is Hugely Worse
User Review Rating is Considerably Worse
Worse Brand
Worse Parentesis.com Review Score
9 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
727g Heavier
55% Smaller Total Megapixels
Vastly Smaller Digital Zoom
Does Not Have a Built-in Microphone
39% Shorter Video Recording Time
More Expensive by £924
Fewer Sellers
Older by Three Months
13 Reasons Against
9% Smaller Optical Zoom
A Lot Heavier
Smaller Total Megapixels
5 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Not Full HD
0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal
Lower Still Image Resolution
Does Not Support HDMI
Shorter Video Recording Time
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Over One Year
Worse Brand
12 Reasons Against
Smaller Optical Zoom
52g Heavier
4% Smaller Total Megapixels
2,196x Smaller Digital Zoom
Higher Minimum Aperture Number
Smaller Display Diagonal
56% Shorter Video Recording Time
Worse Kagoo Score
Not Currently Available
Older by Seven Months
One Less Award
Worse Brand
5 Reasons Against
Hugely Smaller Optical Zoom
Lower Maximum Video Resolution
Does Not Support HDMI
Worse Kagoo Score
Worse Brand
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Sony DCR-PJ5

Sony DCR-PJ5

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Sony DCR-PJ5
0.8MP
57x
OPTICAL ZOOM
230g
720 X 480
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1,800x
(DIGITAL)
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
2.91h
VIDEO

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of £0.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Sony DCR-PJ5 or read our article on whether you should buy a Sony camcorder.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (57x)
Image stabilizer
Big digital zoom (1,800x)
Built-in projector
Face detection

A good spec and classic 230g, 0.8MP video camera, with a reasonable price and max video resolution. It has an image stabilizer, a built-in projector and a face detection and is Full HD.

86
Reviews
7 Reviews
77
Features
Good Features
67
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
75
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
8 Years Old
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good

Multiple reviews mentioned that Sony DCR-PJ5 has great user reviews but below average expert reviews with an average overall rating of 68%. Looking across the entire Sony camcorder range, the average reviews for all Sony video cameras are also excellent.

Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5 Video Test
Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5 Video Test
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Teste 1 - Filmadora Handycam Sony HDR-PJ5
Teste 1 - Filmadora Handycam Sony HDR-PJ5
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Sony DCR-PJ5 sample video 1.mpg
Test projector Sony DCR-PJ5
Test projector Sony DCR-PJ5
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Review Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5 (ESPAÑOL)
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Unboxing Videocamara Sony Handycam DCR-PJ5
Testando a filmadora Sony DCR-PJ5
Testando a filmadora Sony DCR-PJ5
Teste com a Filmadora Handycam Sony HDR-PJ5
Teste com a Filmadora Handycam Sony HDR-PJ5
UNBOXING SONY DCR-PJ5
UNBOXING SONY DCR-PJ5
SONY DCR-PJ5 VS SAMSUNG HMX-F90 zoom test
SONY DCR-PJ5 VS SAMSUNG HMX-F90 zoom test
Unboxing Sony Camcorder DCR-PJ5
Unboxing Sony Camcorder DCR-PJ5
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Boita(sony DCR-PJ5 video test)
Boita(sony DCR-PJ5 video test)

6 Reasons For for Choosing the Sony DCR-PJ5

50% Bigger Optical Zoom

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57 optical zoom camcorder. That's 56x bigger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (1x), 47x bigger than the Canon XA10 (10x) and 5x bigger than the Samsung SMX-F40 (52x). More ...

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

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

Full HD

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a Full HD camcorder (as is the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER), whereas the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 are not. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

Face Detection

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a face detection (as do the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10), but the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 do not have this feature. More ...

'Face Detection' indicates whether the camcorder has the ability to detect faces while recording, allowing it to automatically make sure they remain in full focus.

Face detection makes it far easier to make sure that people always appear in full focus, meaning no messed up videos due to bad focus.

Built-in Microphone

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in microphone, and so does the Samsung SMX-F40, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Canon XA10 and the Midland XTC100 do not. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

Longer Video Recording Time

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 2.91 video recording time camcorder. That's 1.11h longer than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 (1.8h) and 0.71h longer than the Samsung SMX-F40 (2.2h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

Built-in Projector

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a built-in projector, however the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 do not have this feature. More ...

'Built-in Projector' denotes whether the camcorder has an internal projector or not.

A built-in projector allows you to easily show off the videos you've recorded, without having to hook the device up to a monitor or TV first.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Sony DCR-PJ5

A Lot Heavier

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a weight of 230, but the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 145g camcorder (85g lighter), the Canon XA10 is an 820g camcorder (590g heavier), the Midland XTC100 is a 93g camcorder (137g lighter) and the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 220g camcorder (10g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 0.8 camcorder, and so does the Samsung SMX-F40. That's 4.4MP smaller than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (5.2MP) and 1.57MP smaller than the Canon XA10 (2.37MP). More ...

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).

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

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has a max video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels pixels, which is 6 times lower maximum video resolution as the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels). More ...

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

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.

400x Smaller Digital Zoom

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 1 (digital) camcorder, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 4x (digital) camcorder (1,796x smaller), the Canon XA10 is a 2x (digital) camcorder (1,798x smaller) and the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 2,200x (digital) camcorder (400x bigger). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Smaller Display Diagonal

Sony DCR-PJ5 is only 2.7 screen size, and so does the Samsung SMX-F40. That's 0.2" larger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER (2.5") and 0.8" smaller than the Canon XA10 (3.5"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Does Not Support HDMI

The Sony DCR-PJ5 does not support HDMI (As do the the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40), whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 do. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has received a Kagoo Score of 76, but the Canon XA10 scored 80.

Not Currently Available

We couldn't find any retailers that are currently selling the product. More ...

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Older by Seven Months

The Sony DCR-PJ5 is four months older than the Canon XA10 and seven months older than the Midland XTC100. The Sony DCR-PJ5 is the same age as the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER.

Expert Review Rating is Hugely Worse

The Sony DCR-PJ5 only has an average expert score of 60%, but the Canon XA10 has an average expert rating of 93% (based on 11 reviews).

User Review Rating is Considerably Worse

The Sony DCR-PJ5 has an average user score of 84%, but the Canon XA10 has an average user rating of 96% (based on 5 reviews).

Worse Brand

Sony camcorders have an average rating of only 94.2%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%.

Worse Parentesis.com Review Score

Parentesis.com only gave the Sony DCR-PJ5 a review score of 60%, however the rating of the Canon XA10 was 90%.

Canon XA10

£953.99
Toby Deals

Canon XA10

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Canon XA10
2.37MP
10x
OPTICAL ZOOM
820g
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
2x
(DIGITAL)
3.5"
SCREEN SIZE
1.8h
VIDEO

The Canon XA10 has a Kagoo Score of 80. However with a price tag of £953.99 this camcorder is a bit expensive. For further details check out our full review of the Canon XA10 or read our article on whether you should buy a Canon camcorder.

Features We Love:
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Large display diagonal (3.5")
Face detection
Microphone in

Purchasers report that this camcorder has a very great audio quality, an excellent video quality and outstanding controls. It's a fully featured and award winning 10x optical zoom, 820g camcorder, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and an additional award from another expert site and a good price. It has an image stabilizer, a face detection and a built-in display and supports HDMI.

96
Reviews
16 Reviews + 2 Awards
80
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Popularity
Quite Popular
72
Value for Money
Good
70
Age
7 Years Old
80
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Canon XA10 has exceptional expert reviews and superb user reviews with an average overall rating of 95%, based on 16 reviews. Canon XA10 has received two awards including an "Editor's Choice" from Macworld.co.uk and a "Recommended" from Pcactual.com.

macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice
pcactual.com Recommended
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Canon XA10 Professional Camcorder Video Review
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Canon XA10 - Film Look Test [HD]
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Canon XA-10 Test Footage
Canon XA-10 Camcorder Test
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Canon XA10 Quick Unboxing
Canon XA10 Quick Unboxing
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Canon XA10 Unboxing
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Canon XA10 Audio Setup
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Canon XA10 first image test
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Cinematic look test, canon xa10, 24p
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Canon XA10 DOF Test
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Canon XA10 Camera test on my roof
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Canon XA10 Quality Test Footage
Canon XA10 Image Stabilizer test
Canon XA10 Image Stabilizer test
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Canon XA10 Low-Light Test
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Canon XA10 Lavalier Mic Test
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CANON XA10 TEST V?DEO
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Canon XA10 XLR Mic Volume Issue Resolved Test
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11 Reasons For for Choosing the Canon XA10

Higher Maximum Video Resolution

The Canon XA10 has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so is the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, which is 7 times higher maximum video resolution as the Midland XTC100 (640 x 480 pixels), 5 times higher maximum video resolution as the Samsung SMX-F40 (720 x 576 pixels) and 6 times higher maximum video resolution as the Sony DCR-PJ5 (720 x 480 pixels). More ...

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

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.

Lower Minimum Aperture Number

The Canon XA10 has a minimum aperture number of 1.8. That's 1 lower than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER (2.8). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Face Detection

The Canon XA10 has a face detection (as do the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Sony DCR-PJ5), whereas the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 do not have this feature. More ...

'Face Detection' indicates whether the camcorder has the ability to detect faces while recording, allowing it to automatically make sure they remain in full focus.

Face detection makes it far easier to make sure that people always appear in full focus, meaning no messed up videos due to bad focus.

1" Larger Display Diagonal

The Canon XA10 is a 3.5 screen size camcorder. That's 0.8" larger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (2.7"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

HDMI

The Canon XA10 supports HDMI (as does the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER), whereas the Midland XTC100, the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 do not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Better Kagoo Score

The Canon XA10 has received a Kagoo Score of 80, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER scored only 69, the Midland XTC100 scored 76, the Samsung SMX-F40 scored 76 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 scored 76.

Two More Awards

The Canon XA10 has received 2 awards from expert review sites, but the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has received 1 award, the Midland XTC100 has received no awards, the Samsung SMX-F40 has received no awards and the Sony DCR-PJ5 has received no awards.

Significantly Better Expert Reviews

Based on 11 expert reviews, the Canon XA10 has an average review score of 93%, whereas the Sony DCR-PJ5 has an average rating of 60% (based on 2 reviews).

Much Better User Reviews

Based on 5 user reviews, the Canon XA10 has an average review score of 96%, whereas the Sony DCR-PJ5 has an average rating of 84% (based on 5 reviews).

Better Brand

Canon camcorders have an average rating of 95%, but AgfaPhoto only has an average rating of 59.9%, Midland only has an average rating of 60.6%, Samsung only has an average rating of 72.7% and Sony only has an average rating of 94.2%.

Better Parentesis.com Review Score

The Canon XA10 has a Parentesis.com review score of 90%, but the Sony DCR-PJ5's rating was only 60% from the same site.

9 Reasons Against for Choosing the Canon XA10

Smaller Optical Zoom

The Canon XA10 is a 10 optical zoom camcorder. That's 9x bigger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (1x), 42x smaller than the Samsung SMX-F40 (52x) and 47x smaller than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (57x). More ...

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

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

727g Heavier

The Canon XA10 has a weight of 820, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 145g camcorder (675g lighter), the Midland XTC100 is a 93g camcorder (727g lighter), the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 220g camcorder (600g lighter) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 230g camcorder (590g lighter). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

55% Smaller Total Megapixels

The Canon XA10 is a 2.37 camcorder. That's 2.83MP smaller than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (5.2MP) and 1.57MP bigger than the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (0.8MP). More ...

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).

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

Vastly Smaller Digital Zoom

The Canon XA10 has a digital zoom of 2, however the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 4x (digital) camcorder (2x bigger), the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 2,200x (digital) camcorder (2,198x bigger) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 1,800x (digital) camcorder (1,798x bigger). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Does Not Have a Built-in Microphone

The Canon XA10 does not have a built-in microphone, but the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Midland XTC100, the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 have this feature. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

39% Shorter Video Recording Time

The Canon XA10 is a 1.8 video recording time camcorder. That's 0.5h longer than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER (1.3h) and 1.11h shorter than the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (2.91h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

More Expensive by £924

The Canon XA10 is £924 more expensive than the Midland XTC100.

Fewer Sellers

The Canon XA10 is only stocked by 1 seller, but the Midland XTC100 is stocked by 3 shops. More ...

The fewer the number of sellers that stock the product, the lower the competition amongst sellers to keep prices low.
Older by Three Months

The Canon XA10 is three months older than the Midland XTC100.

The cheapest price that we could find for the XA10 in the UK is £953.99 but in total we found only 1 price for it.

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Samsung SMX-F40

Samsung SMX-F40

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Samsung SMX-F40
0.8MP
52x
OPTICAL ZOOM
220g
720 X 576
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
1"
OPTICAL
4.1h
BATTERY LIFE
2,200x
(DIGITAL)
2.7"
SCREEN SIZE
1600 X 1200
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
2.2h
VIDEO

The Samsung SMX-F40 has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of £0.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Samsung SMX-F40 or read our article on whether you should buy a Samsung camcorder.

Features We Love:
Huge optical zoom (52x)
Image stabilizer
Long maximum battery life (4.1h)
Huge digital zoom (2,200x)
Wind filter

An optical zoom and fully featured 220g, 0.8MP camcorder, with a fair price.

81
Features
Fully-Featured
78
Value for Money
Very Good
69
Age
8 Years Old
76
Kagoo Score
Very Good
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1 Reason For for Choosing the Samsung SMX-F40

Built-in Microphone

The Samsung SMX-F40 has a built-in microphone, and so does the Sony DCR-PJ5, however the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Canon XA10 and the Midland XTC100 do not. More ...

'Built-In Microphone' denotes whether the camcorder has a microphone built into the body of the device, in order to record audio along with the video.

A built-in microphone isn't going to be as high quality as a professional mic, but it's a good alternative if you want to record audio alongside your home videos.

13 Reasons Against for Choosing the Samsung SMX-F40

9% Smaller Optical Zoom

The Samsung SMX-F40 is a 52 optical zoom camcorder. That's 51x bigger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (1x), 42x bigger than the Canon XA10 (10x) and 5x smaller than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (57x). More ...

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

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

A Lot Heavier

The Samsung SMX-F40 has a weight of 220, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 145g camcorder (75g lighter), the Canon XA10 is an 820g camcorder (600g heavier), the Midland XTC100 is a 93g camcorder (127g lighter) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 230g camcorder (10g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

Smaller Total Megapixels

The Samsung SMX-F40 is a 0.8 camcorder, and so does the Sony DCR-PJ5. That's 4.4MP smaller than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Midland XTC100 (5.2MP) and 1.57MP smaller than the Canon XA10 (2.37MP). More ...

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).

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

5 Times Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Samsung SMX-F40 has a max video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels pixels, which is 5 times lower maximum video resolution as the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 (1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels). More ...

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

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.

Not Full HD

The Samsung SMX-F40 is not Full HD, but the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 are. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

0.8" Smaller Display Diagonal

The Samsung SMX-F40 is a 2.7 screen size camcorder, and so does the Sony DCR-PJ5. That's 0.2" larger than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER (2.5") and 0.8" smaller than the Canon XA10 (3.5"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

Lower Still Image Resolution

The Samsung SMX-F40 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER supports a still image resolution of 2560 x 1440. We do not know what type of still image resolution the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 support. More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

Does Not Support HDMI

The Samsung SMX-F40 does not support HDMI (As do the the Midland XTC100 and the Sony DCR-PJ5), however the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 do. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Shorter Video Recording Time

The Samsung SMX-F40 is a 2.2 video recording time camcorder. That's 0.4h longer than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 (1.8h) and 0.71h shorter than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (2.91h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

Worse Kagoo Score

The Samsung SMX-F40 has received a Kagoo Score of 76, whereas the Canon XA10 scored 80.

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Older by Over One Year

The Samsung SMX-F40 is eight months older than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER, one year older than the Canon XA10, 15 months older than the Midland XTC100 and eight months older than the Sony DCR-PJ5.

Worse Brand

Samsung camcorders have an average rating of only 72.7%, but Canon has an average rating of 95% and Sony has an average rating of 94.2%.

AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER

AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER

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AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER
5.03MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
FULL
HD
RESOLU-
TION
1"
OPTICAL
145g
2.5"
SCREEN SIZE
4x
(DIGITAL)
2560 X 1440
STILL IMAGE
RESOLUTION
32GB
MAXIMUM
1.3h
VIDEO

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has a Kagoo Score of 69. With a price tag of £0.00 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER.

Features We Love:
Very light (145g)
Large optical sensor size (1/2.5")
Image stabilizer
Supports HDMI
Waterproof

A low cost and fully featured 145g, 5.03MP video camera. It has an image stabilizer and a face detection, supports HDMI and is waterproof.

85
Features
Fully-Featured
73
Value for Money
Good
67
Age
8 Years Old
69
Kagoo Score
Good

AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has received a "Recommended" award from Hardwarezone.com.ph.

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6 Reasons For for Choosing the AgfaPhoto EClipse EXPLORER

Higher Maximum Video Resolution

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels pixels, and so is the Canon XA10, which is 7 times higher maximum video resolution as the Midland XTC100 (640 x 480 pixels), 5 times higher maximum video resolution as the Samsung SMX-F40 (720 x 576 pixels) and 6 times higher maximum video resolution as the Sony DCR-PJ5 (720 x 480 pixels). More ...

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

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.

Full HD

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a Full HD camcorder (as is the Sony DCR-PJ5), whereas the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 are not. More ...

A full HD camcorder captures video with a minimum resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.

Full HD camcorders capture more pixels which make the recording appear sharper compared to camcorders with a lower resolution.

Face Detection

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has a face detection (as do the Canon XA10 and the Sony DCR-PJ5), but the Midland XTC100 and the Samsung SMX-F40 do not have this feature. More ...

'Face Detection' indicates whether the camcorder has the ability to detect faces while recording, allowing it to automatically make sure they remain in full focus.

Face detection makes it far easier to make sure that people always appear in full focus, meaning no messed up videos due to bad focus.

2560 X 1440 Still Image Resolution

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER supports a still image resolution of 2560 x 1440, but the Samsung SMX-F40 supports a still image resolution of 1600 x 1200. We do not know what type of still image resolution the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 support. More ...

Image resolution is a measurement of how many pixels make up a single image taken with the camcorder.

A higher image resolution means that the photos taken with the camcorder will be more detailed and sharper, and you'll be able to pick out smaller detailed far better. They will also far more suited to being enlarged, and can be blown up to larger sizes without blurring or losing detail.

HDMI

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER supports HDMI (as does the Canon XA10), but the Midland XTC100, the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 do not support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Waterproof

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a waterproof camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10, the Midland XTC100, the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 are not. More ...

'Waterproof' denotes whether the camcorder is resistant against liquid - so can be safely immersed in water without causing problems.

Waterproof cameras allow you to safely take your camera out on a boat or to the beach without worrying about damage. It also allows for some visually stunning underwater videos!

12 Reasons Against for Choosing the AgfaPhoto EClipse EXPLORER

Smaller Optical Zoom

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 1 optical zoom camcorder, and so does the Midland XTC100. That's 9x smaller than the Canon XA10 (10x), 51x smaller than the Samsung SMX-F40 (52x) and 56x smaller than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (57x). More ...

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

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

52g Heavier

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has a weight of 145, but the Canon XA10 is an 820g camcorder (675g heavier), the Midland XTC100 is a 93g camcorder (52g lighter), the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 220g camcorder (75g heavier) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 230g camcorder (85g heavier). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

4% Smaller Total Megapixels

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 5.03 camcorder. That's 2.66MP bigger than the Canon XA10 (2.37MP), 0.17MP smaller than the Midland XTC100 (5.2MP) and 4.23MP bigger than the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (0.8MP). More ...

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).

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

2,196x Smaller Digital Zoom

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 4 (digital) camcorder, whereas the Canon XA10 is a 2x (digital) camcorder (2x smaller), the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 2,200x (digital) camcorder (2,196x bigger) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 1,800x (digital) camcorder (1,796x bigger). More ...

A digital zoom enlarges the pixels in a digital image to make the subject appear closer. Using digital zoom can result in images becoming blurry as the underlying image remains the same.

A digital zoom allows you to enlarge a subject without having to move closer. Digital zoom can be used as an alternative to an optical zoom, although it will result in a loss of image quality.

Higher Minimum Aperture Number

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 2.8 minimum aperture camcorder. That's 1 higher than the Canon XA10 (1.8). More ...

In photography, the aperture number refers to the size of the hole in the front of the lens, through which light is let through. The larger the aperture, the more light can pass through into the camcorder's sensor. Photographers can modify this aperture to control the 'depth of field' for their shot - this is how much of the shot is held in focus, and how much is blurred. Aperture numbers are measured in f/stops: rather confusingly a smaller aperture number translates to a larger hole, therefore a larger amount of light will be let through.

A smaller aperture number means that the camcorder's lens will be able to open wider, letting in more light at once. This is helpful because it allows the device to quickly take in enough light to form a picture, meaning that the shutter speed will be faster, reducing blur from fast moving subjects. It also means that you can take photos in dimmer light without having to rely on the flash, since you will be able to take in more light at once.

Smaller Display Diagonal

AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is only 2.5 screen size. That's 1" smaller than the Canon XA10 (3.5") and 0.2" smaller than the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (2.7"). More ...

Display diagonal of the camcorder's build in display.

A larger display diagonal makes it easier to record and review video and images.

56% Shorter Video Recording Time

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is a 1.3 video recording time camcorder. That's 0.5h shorter than the Canon XA10 (1.8h) and 1.61h shorter than the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 (2.91h). More ...

'Video Recording Time' is how long the camcorder can record uninterrupted footage before the battery needs charging or changing.

A longer video recording time means that you can record more video in a single session, and need to recharge the battery less.

Worse Kagoo Score

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has only received a Kagoo Score of 69, but the Canon XA10 scored 80, the Midland XTC100 scored 76, the Samsung SMX-F40 scored 76 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 scored 76.

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Older by Seven Months

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is four months older than the Canon XA10 and seven months older than the Midland XTC100. The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is the same age as the Sony DCR-PJ5.

One Less Award

The AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER has only received 1 award, however the Canon XA10 has received 2 awards.

Worse Brand

AgfaPhoto camcorders have an average rating of only 59.9%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%, Midland has an average rating of 60.6%, Samsung has an average rating of 72.7% and Sony has an average rating of 94.2%.

Midland XTC100

£29.95
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Midland XTC100

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Midland XTC100
5.2MP
1x
OPTICAL ZOOM
93g
640 X 480
PIXELS
RESOLUTION
32GB
MAXIMUM

The Midland XTC100 has a Kagoo Score of 76. With a price tag of £29.95 this camcorder is good value for money. For further details check out our full review of the Midland XTC100.

Features We Love:
Very light (93g)
Image stabilizer

A good value for money and good spec 93g, 5.2MP camcorder.

76
Features
Good Features
71
Popularity
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79
Value for Money
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69
Age
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76
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5 Reasons For for Choosing the Midland XTC100

Lighter

The Midland XTC100 is a 93 camcorder. That's 52g lighter than the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER (145g), 727g lighter than the Canon XA10 (820g), 127g lighter than the Samsung SMX-F40 (220g) and 137g lighter than the Sony DCR-PJ5 (230g). More ...

'Weight' denotes the weight of the camcorder, including battery.

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

4.4MP Bigger Total Megapixels

The Midland XTC100 has a total megapixels of 5.2, however the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER is only a 5.03MP camcorder (0.17MP smaller), the Canon XA10 is only a 2.37MP camcorder (2.83MP smaller) and the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5 are both only 0.8MP camcorders (4.4MP smaller). More ...

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).

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

£924 Cheaper

The Midland XTC100 costs £29.95, whereas the Canon XA10 is £953.99.

More Shops Are Selling it

A greater number of retailers increases the price competition amongst retailers for this camcorder and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.

Three Months Newer

The Midland XTC100 was released eight years ago, but the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER was released eight years ago, the Canon XA10 was released eight years ago, the Samsung SMX-F40 was released nine years ago and the Sony DCR-PJ5 was released eight years ago

5 Reasons Against for Choosing the Midland XTC100

Hugely Smaller Optical Zoom

The Midland XTC100 has an optical zoom of 1 (as does the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER), but the Canon XA10 is a 10x optical zoom camcorder (9x bigger), the Samsung SMX-F40 is a 52x optical zoom camcorder (51x bigger) and the Sony DCR-PJ5 is a 57x optical zoom camcorder (56x bigger). More ...

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

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

Lower Maximum Video Resolution

The Midland XTC100 has a max video resolution of 640 x 480 pixels pixels, whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 have a max video resolution of 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) pixels, the Samsung SMX-F40 has a max video resolution of 720 x 576 pixels and the Sony DCR-PJ5 has a max video resolution of 720 x 480 pixels. More ...

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

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.

Does Not Support HDMI

The Midland XTC100 does not support HDMI (As do the the Samsung SMX-F40 and the Sony DCR-PJ5), whereas the AgfaPhoto eClipse EXPLORER and the Canon XA10 support this feature. More ...

'HDMI' denotes whether the camcorder has an HDMI connection, allowing it to connect directly to TVs and monitors.

An HDMI connection allows you to display the videos you take in high definition on your TV or computer monitor, making it easy to stage screenings for family and friends!

Worse Kagoo Score

The Midland XTC100 has received a Kagoo Score of 76, but the Canon XA10 scored 80.

Worse Brand

Midland camcorders have an average rating of only 60.6%, however Canon has an average rating of 95%, Samsung has an average rating of 72.7% and Sony has an average rating of 94.2%.

The cheapest price that we could find for the XTC100 in the UK is £29.95 and in total we found 3 prices for it.

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