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Standard camcorder viewfinders display views of the image being recorded in black and white. Viewfinders with color displays are available on pricier camcorder models. In some models, there is no LCD screen, which is a big power consumer. This is where a color viewfinder offers a good trade-off, and you will find that some of the best camcorders with color viewfinder come without the LCD screen.

Top rated camcorders with color viewfinder should include features like flash media, hard drive, full-HD, one or more sensors that ultimately deliver high-resolution and high-quality images, good resolution still shots and over 10x zoom.

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Panasonic HC-X920

Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder


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Panasonic HC-X920
Sony HDR-PJ650V
Canon VIXIA HF G20
Panasonic HC-X900M
Panasonic AG-AF105A
Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder
Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
Panasonic AG-AF105A Micro Four Thirds Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Jan 2012
Mar 2013
Color Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
Color Viewfinder
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
12.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.49 MegaPixels
5.02 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • Panasonic's top camcorders have historically been great performers, after all. We were just hoping thatâ?? despite the fact that wireless features have become the connecting thread of imaging-related announcements at CESâ?? this model would stand out in some other way. Maybe the new back-illuminated sensors will do the trick, but we'll only be sure after lab testing.

    That said, we have to admit the new WiFi features are pretty darn cool.


  • The HC-X920 is priced £50 above the RRP of the HC-X900, but it's still sub-£1,000, and should be £50-100 beneath this when it becomes more widely available. With even better performance and additional WiFi-features, it's well worth the extra cash anyway. The HC-X900 was the king of consumer-grade camcorders, and the HC-X920 is heir to its throne. If you're looking for the best 2D camcorder on the market, Panasonic has raised the bar yet again with the HC-X920.


  • You might be a little sceptical about the need for a proper video camera in the days of DSLRs and phones, but we promise you, there's something a lot nicer about picking up a tool designed to do the job. Sure, you can do all DIY with a hammer if need be, but the results will cary from good, to very smashy and not all that nice to look at. Pick the right tool, and use a couple of things together, and you'll get a much better result.

    As a product judged for what it does, we really love the X920.


  • The PJ580 was priced below the PJ650V's competition, and had specs to match. The latest PJ-series camcorder is an upgrade, but it doesn't exceed what other manufacturers are doing. Ultimately, the choice you make among these three will have a lot to do with ergonomic preferences, specific feature needs, and/or the absolute need for 60p.


  • Those expecting a huge improvement over the HF G10 will be disappointed. The HF G20 builds on its predecessor's strengths and makes subtle, small improvements. Unless you're dead-set on shooting video with a DSLR, the HF G20 will fit the bill for anyone demanding high quality imaging coupled with a comprehensive array of manual controls.

    Still, in some ways, it's easy to feel that Canon showed up a day late and a dollar short with the lack of 60p recording. In order to sweeten the pot, Canon cut the price.


  • Panasonic sure knows how to make a solid flagship camcorder with appeal to consumers and semi-pros alike, and, by all means, the new HC-X900M is exactly that-an excellent high-end camcorder. Unfortunately, the product still left us dissatisfied thanks to Panasonic's lack of updates and improvements over last year's HDC-TM900. We said the same thing last year when Panasonic failed to innovate, and this glaring trend of riding on the coattails of predecessors has us worried about Panasonic's future in the market.

    But we also can't really blame them.

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    With outstanding performance in two dimensions or three, the HC-X900M, by Panasonic, is well worth the attention of anyone seeking quality HD at an affordable price.


  • The last few generations of high-end camcorder from Panasonic have been hard to beat. The HDC-TM900 and HDC-TM700 offered powerful combinations of great image quality and comprehensive features. The HC-X900 continues that tradition, and just about edges our recommendation over Canon's excellent LEGRIA HF G10. The X900 is around £100 cheaper and offers a standard accessory shoe without the need for third-party adapters, plus a marginally easier control system. For these reasons the HC-X900 maintains Panasonic's position as our top premium camcorder recommendation.


Top 5 camcorder with color viewfinder:

  1. Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
  2. Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  3. Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder
  4. Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
  5. Panasonic AG-AF105A Micro Four Thirds Camcorder