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The only good offerings to buy at the sub-$100 price point are the entry level pocket camcorders. Samsung is the a great brand to choose from at the 100$ price point - though it might be a great idea to also checkout Panasonic camcorders which offer some great alternatives, albeit typically at a slightly higher price point.

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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder


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GoPro HERO3
Panasonic HC-X900M
Spy Tec Mobius Action
Sony HXR-NX30U
GE DVX EG3
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
Sony HXR-NX30U Camcorder
GE DVX EG3 Waterproof/Shockproof 1080P Pocket Video Camera
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Flash Media, High Definition
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NTSC, PAL
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Digital
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12.0 MegaPixels
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Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
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  • The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.


  • If you're looking to upgrade from your HD Hero2, the Hero3: Black Edition should give you plenty to be excited about. The enhanced video performance means your videos will be sharper, have more detail in low light, and moving subjects will look smoother than anything you shot with the Hero2. In addition to being both smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Hero3's built-in WiFi functions make it an easier camcorder to us, especially if you have a smartphone.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else.


  • 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.

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    If quality is your main concern, then the Sony HXRNX30U NXCAM Palm Size Camcorder should be an excellent choice for you. It ships with a huge array of settings and excellent specifications allowing you to get the best results irrespective of the conditions you are working in. My only beef with the system would be the rather large price tag, since at around $2,000 the Sony HXRNX30U NXCAM Palm Size Camcorder is not for everyoneĆ¢?? s budget.