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The best camcorders for outdoors need to be rugged enough to handle the rough and tumble. The best suited for this are the flash drives ones as they do not have any moving parts (unlike Mini DV camcorders). This best camcorder list shows the ones which have great zoom and are also easy to handle.

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Panasonic HC-X920

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


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Panasonic HC-X920
Panasonic HC-V720
Panasonic HC-V700
Sony HDR-PJ380
Panasonic HC-V500
Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V700 Flash Media 3D Camcorder
Sony HDR-PJ380
Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Mar 2012
Jan 2013
Jan 2012
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
21.0 x
21.0 x
30.0 x
38.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Weight
0.4 lb.
0.61 lb.
0.6 lb.
0.46 lb.
0.5 lb.
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
16.0 GB
16.0 GB
16.0 GB
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital, Analog
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.49 MegaPixels
4.14 MegaPixels
6.1 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
3.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
AVCHD
SD card
Flash Media
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.


  • It's hard to get excited about a camcorder that offers so few performance improvements, but bear with us, because the Panasonic HC-V720â?? like its predecessorâ?? is a great deal.

    Minus a few slight changes, both for better and worse, the V720's image quality is quite similar to the V700's. But let's not forget how strong performance was to begin with. This camcorder's color accuracy and noise reduction are both solid, and sharpness is outstanding, surpassing competitors like Canon's HF M52.


  • The Panasonic HC-V720 may only have minor improvements in central areas, particularly image quality, but it does have enough additional features and enhancements to make it a worthy upgrade nevertheless. The additional image stabilisation options, 5.1 surround sound, and comprehensive WiFi features are all very welcome. With great performance and loads of features, this is a great mid-range camcorder.


  • The important thing when considering whether to get the Panasonic HC-V720, then, isn't whether it'll give you vastly improved image quality in your video over what some cameras or the best smartphones will do. Sadly, it often won't.
    But what it does is enable you to smoothly record footage that you couldn't get any other way: close-ups in sporting events; perfectly smooth tracking of a bird taking off; video from a boat that doesn't make people too seasick.


  • If you're looking to get the most bang for your buck on an HD camcorder, the Panasonic HC-V700M should be near the top of your list. It's a mid-range model, so it doesn't have high-end features like a viewfinder or lens ring, but it's got solid performance and enough controls and features to keep most users satisfied.

    The new 1/2.33-inch CMOS imager in the V700 gave the camcorder a boost in our noise tests, but it did also limit the low light sensitivity a bit (at least compared to last year's HDC-TM90).


  • The Panasonic HC-V700 lacks some of the useful Wi-Fi features found on competing consumer camcorders, but excellent video quality in a variety of lighting scenarios more than makes up for it.


  • Panasonic's HC-V700 takes a different strategy to its very top-end models, with one larger sensor rather than three slightly smaller ones. But it still produces excellent image quality. It's lacking a couple of features compared to Panasonic's top-end models, in particular a lens ring and heaphone jack. But plenty remains for the enthusiast, with a full set of manual controls, a microphone input and standard-sized accessory shoe. This is primarily a premium point-and-shoot camcorder, but it's high on quality.


  • The Panasonic HC-V500M is a good entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the previous HDC-TM40. But Panasonic failed to improve the V500M's low light capabilities, which ends up being the camcorder's biggest weakness. Still, if you're looking for a sub-$500 camcorder with a lot of controls and decent image quality, then you've come to the right place. The HC-V500M has more full-fledged manual settings than the competition from Canon, Sony, and JVC in this price range.

    Of course, the HC-V500M isn't dirt cheap.


  • The HC-V500 is another camcorder from Panasonic that doesn't quite hit the price mark for a true budget model. If you're really tight on cash, we would still recommend a more keenly priced alternative such as JVC's HD Everio GZ-E205. But if you have a little more to spend, the HC-V500 has a more generous array of configuration options and superior image stabilisation, making it worth the extra money.


  • This high def camcorder offers great quality and useful features, but the lack of built-in Wi-Fi makes it less convenient than others.