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SP or Standard Play is the slowest recording speed option on camcorders. The other faster speeds being LP (Long Play) and EP (Extended Play). Even though you will store less video per tape using SP speed, it will be of a higher quality and more fault tolerant (resistant to video and audio dropouts) than LP or EP.

The best camcorders with SP recording speed though also come with the other recording speed options like LP or EP so that you can shoot at a faster speed in case you don’t have a lot of tape left.

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Canon Vixia HF G10

Canon Vixia HF G10  32 GB  Flash Media  Hard Drive Camcorder


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Canon Vixia HF G10
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Canon Vixia HF R300
JVC Everio GZ-VX700
Canon Vixia HF G10  32 GB  Flash Media  Hard Drive Camcorder
Canon Vixia HF M50 Camcorder
JVC Everio GS-TD1 High Definition 3D Camcorder
Canon  Vixia HF R300 Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-VX700 High Definition AVC Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2011
Jan 2012
Apr 2011
Jan 2012
Feb 2012
Recording Speed
SP, LP, XP+, MXP, FXP
LP, SP, XP+, FXP, MXP
SP, XP, EP
MXP, FXP, XP+, SP, LP
EP, SP, SSW, SEW, UXP, XP
HDD Size
32.0 GB
8.0 GB
64.0 GB
Optical Zoom
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
32.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, AVCHD
Flash Media
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital, 3D
Digital
Digital
CCD Quantity
1.0
1.0
Memory Still Resolution
2.07 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
3.32 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
10.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media
Flash Media
High Definition
Flash Media
AVCHD
Use
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video
Video

  • We're impressed with the HF G10 in terms of performance and capability, but the camcorder's $1499 price tag may be too high for most consumers. You are getting a lot for your money, though, and for people who want access to professional-grade controls, paying around $1500 for a camcorder isn't that bad. If you have more cash to spend, Canon does have the professional XA10 camcorder, which is identical to the HF G10 except it has a removable handlebar with XLR audio ports (and it costs around $2000).


  • The Canon VIXIA HF G10 is a camcorder built for ease of use and high quality recording. While the CMOS sensor is a basic 2 megapixel sensitivity that creates 1920 x 1080 resolution video, the lens is of a high quality that enables up to 10x optical zoom.


  • Provided you've got a wallet padded enough to take the blow, the Canon Legria HF G10 is an excellent high-end camcorder with a wealth of features. A few usability quirks here and there, as well as a frustrating in-camera editing experience, stops us from giving the HF G10 a glowing recommendation with an Editors' Choice award.


  • If you're looking for a first-rate low light camcorder that won't break the bank, then the Canon HF M52 is right up your alley. It's a fantastic product in terms of video performance, and it ranked near the top of its class in all of our video tests (with the exception of image stabilization). The Vixia HF M52's $750 MSRP is steep for a mid-range model, but its exceptional video performance makes its high price understandable.


  • The Canon Vixia HF M50 is a capable digital camcorder, offering a variety of useful features, built-in storage, and great looking video, but it's hard to justify the price when compared with some of the better digital cameras out there.


  • If you are in the market for a high-end 3D camcorder you only have three options at the moment: the JVC GS-TD1, the Sony HDR-TD10, and the Panasonic HDC-SDT750 (and other Panasonic models that can use the VW-CLT1 3D conversion lens). There are also a few ultracompact models that shoot 3D, as well as a number of digital cameras, but the three models mentioned above are the only high-end HD camcorders aimed at consumers that allow 3D recording. Of those three models, the GS-TD1 is the second 3D camcorder weâÂ? Â? ve reviewedâÂ?


  • The JVC GS-TD1 is a high-end camcorder, promoted by JVC as the first consumer level camcorder to offer full HD 3D recording. The GS-TD1's full HD 3D capability is owed to the high speed processor that can simultaneously produce two full HD images (1920 x 1080i), recording in both the left and right streams (a process that JVC refers to as LR Independent Format).


  • With the Everio GS-TD1, JVC has produced the first consumer-grade camcorder to shoot two frames of Full HD in 3D mode, using a pair of parallel lenses and CMOS sensors. The resulting MP4 format is proprietary, but JVC’s approach also means better low-light performance even when shooting 3D in AVCHD mode. It’s the first consumer-grade camcorder to offer optical zoom in 3D mode, too. With a range of manual features as well, the GS-TD1 has loads to offer enthusiasts wishing to move into 3D.


  • The Canon Vixia HF R300 is a fun, easy-to-use digital camcorder that strikes a nice balance between performance and price?just don't expect any extras like Wi-Fi or built-in storage.


  • We like what JVC has done to expand the possibilities of built-in WiFi on consumer camcorders, but the Everio GZ-VX700 has few other redeeming qualities. Poor color accuracy in bright light, middling image sharpness, and terrible handling issues haunt the camcorder to the point that we're unable to recommend the GZ-VX700 for anyone. Sure, the model is cheaper than the competition, but in our mind the camcorder doesn't represent a good value-no matter what it's price tag may be.


  • The very compact JVC Everio GZ-VX700 may not deliver the best video quality you can find, but its diverse Wi-Fi features set it apart from much of the consumer camcorder competition.