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A decent, basic, top-rated budget camcorder is your best inexpensive video camera option and will cost you upwards of $250. Remember that digital video does not come cheap, so even the best low priced camcorders can not compare in quality to the more expensive models, but amateur video enthusiasts with a small purse can expect a fairly loaded digital camcorder for this amount. In fact your budget gives you the opportunity to take the extra effort in getting more out of your camcorder, because camcorders, like cameras are simply as good as the user behind the lens. Low-priced models have smaller sensors and a smaller feature-set than costlier peers, but the best budget camcorders can certainly provide you with pleasing video clips. The essential features to ensure you have the best cheap camcorder are good video, ease of use, rugged construction, convenient storage media and interface options.

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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder


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Release Date
Oct 2012
Dec 2012
Mar 2013
Jan 2012
Oct 2012
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
12.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
8.3 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Use
Video
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video

Smaller, lighter, and features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity

Packs in all the features competitors charge extra for

Excellent value for money

Incredibly sharp video using 1080/60p mode and 3D recording with optional conversion lens.

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Waterproof without requiring a housing