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Sub-$150 is a great price point to buy a pocket camcorder and also some entry versions of the budget consumer camcorder lineup. Features to optimize in the pocketable camcorder category are features like Still Shot capability for shooting pictures and MPEG movie mode for easier online video sharing.

Budget consumer camcorders from Samsung are also often a great buy at the sub-$150 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
Samsung HMX-W300
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
Sony HXR-NX30U Camcorder
Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder
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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.


  • The Samsung HMX-W300 rugged minicamcorder is a good traveling companion for capturing Web-friendly movie clips and photos of your next hike or beach trip.


  • If you're planning to spend less than $200 on a camcorder, you can't get much better than the Samsung HMX-W300. It's easy to use, has a waterproof design, and its image quality is very good for a camcorder of its size and price. The camcorder is not for people who want top-notch image quality, though, nor is it for people who require access to manual controls. This is a simple pocket cam that is great for capturing poolside activities or passing off to your kids during a picnic.


  • The FZ60 offers a lengthy optical zoom in a well-featured package, but image purists won't be satisfied with just JPEG capture and a steep price.

    If you are forking out for a premium-priced superzoom camera, you might as well save up a little more and spend it on the FZ200, which gives you a fast and constant lens at f/2.8, as well as RAW capture.


Top 5 camcorder under $150:

  1. GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
  2. Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
  3. Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
  4. Sony HXR-NX30U Camcorder
  5. Samsung HMX-W300YN Camcorder