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Plenty of camcorder features are available at the sub-$1500 budget - flash media as well as hard drive, full-HD, one or 3CCD, a large LCD screen, great resolution still shots, extra optical zoom, and pleasingly plenty of manual control options.

Some of the best camcorders under 1500 dollar come with all the bells, whistles and more, that video enthusiasts love to have in their devices - high video resolution, outstanding low-light performance and an expanded dynamic range, and lots of input and output interface options for audio and video. Look carefully and you'll find top-rated camcorders under 1500 dollar that include customisable buttons, wireless microphone, color viewfinder and even underwater capability.

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Sony HDR-PJ650V

Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder


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Sony HDR-PJ650V
Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V
Canon Vixia HF G10
Canon VIXIA HF M40
Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V (96 GB) AVC, AVCHD Camcorder
Canon Vixia HF G10  32 GB  Flash Media  Hard Drive Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF M40 (16 GB) Flash Media, Hard Drive Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
Feb 2011
Jan 2011
HDD Size
32.0 GB
96.0 GB
96.0 GB
32.0 GB
16.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, Analog
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
5.02 MegaPixels
24.1 MegaPixels
6.14 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
Flash Media
AVC
Flash Media
SD card, flash card
Use
Video
Video, Photo Viewing, Music
Video, Photo Viewing

  • 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.


  • Last year, in our review of the HDR-CX700V from Sony, we dreamed of a future where Sony would actually improve the low light performance of its high-end Handycams. This year, with the HDR-CX760V, that dream has become a reality. The CX760V is not only the strongest consumer camcorder Sony has released in a few years, but it's also one of the most impressive models we've reviewed all year.

    The camcorder did everything well in our performance tests.


  • The combination of high resolution and gobs of memory give this camera an edge when it comes to recording in HD.


  • Most casual users can't justify dropping so much dough on Sony's latest top-of-the-line Handycam-the same money can buy two or three camcorders that deliver decent to very good video and still shots in favorable shooting conditions. On the other hand, if you want to shoot some of the best video available on non-professional camcorders, and you want an exceptionally portable unit for its class, the HDR-PJ760V is a top choice, and you get a lot of terrific extras.


  • At the end of the day, the asking price for this camera is a little steep at $1,899AUD, but assuming you want and will use all of the expensive gadgets, features and extras in the PJ760 (such as the projector and GPS), you are getting full value out of the package. This is a camera for the film enthusiast that wants more out of a Camcorder than just a hobby. This is a feature-rich, easy-to-use, brilliant quality camera that is definitely a market leader in consumer electronics.

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    The Handycam HDR-PJ760V is essentially a combination of two previous Sony camcorders: the HDR-PJ30V and the HDR-CX700V. Sony took the built-in projector from the PJ30V and strapped it onto the body of the CX700V, which had all the controls and features one would expect from a flagship Sony camcorder. The result means the HDR-PJ760V is a top-line camcorder with professional features and plenty of manual controls and a built-in video projector.


  • While it's got a great shooter feature set and good video quality, the Canon Vixia HF G10 still feels a bit expensive for what it offers.


  • 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.


  • A fine follow-up to last year's M3xx series, the Canon Vixia M4xx series should please most home-movie-oriented videographers despite its relatively high price. If you don't need the EVF, the M400 is your best buy, but if you'll be shooting a lot in sunlight, it's worth it to step up to the M41.


  • The HF M40 gets you a bit less in the way of manual controls, but there's still plenty to offer here. There's also a huge amount auto modes to ease the way for beginners perhaps too many auto modes. In our opinion, that leaves the HF M40 just out of reach for the raw beginner. For experienced users looking to get the most for their money, the HF M40 is a sure thing.


  • Dedicated HD camcorders like the HF M40 are getting squeezed between the increasingly acceptable video capabilities of smartphones and the fussy-but-pretty video performance of DSLRs. But today there's still a good-sized niche for moderately priced HD camcorders; the good ones combine ease of use, flexibility, and fine video image quality. The Canon Vixia HF M40, with its video-specific CMOS image sensor, is a very good one. In fact, the Canon Vixia HF M40 is currently the best mid-priced HD camcorder we've tested.


Top 5 camcorder under $1500:

  1. Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  2. Sony Handycam HDR-CX760V Camcorder
  3. Sony Handycam HDR-PJ760V (96 GB) AVC, AVCHD Camcorder
  4. Canon Vixia HF G10 32 GB Flash Media Hard Drive Camcorder
  5. Canon VIXIA HF M40 (16 GB) Flash Media, Hard Drive Camcorder