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$300 can get you some of the best consumer grade camcorders. The best camcorder offerings at the sub-$300 price point come from dependable brands like Canon and Sony. These are great for home computer use and often have a high great usability supporting big LCD displays.

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Drift Innovation HD Ghost

Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder


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Drift Innovation HD Ghost
Panasonic HC-V500
GoPro HD Hero2
Toshiba Camileo Z100
JVC Everio GZ-E200
Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder
Go Pro HD Hero2 High Definition AVC Camcorder
Toshiba Camileo Z100 3D High Definition Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-E200 Camcorder
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Release Date
Dec 2012
Jan 2012
Oct 2011
May 2012
Feb 2012
HDD Size
0.256 GB
16.0 GB
Recording Format
High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
11.0 MegaPixels
3.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
2.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
Flash Media
H.264 codec, .mp4
MP4
Flash Media
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • With Wi-Fi, an LCD, and a waterproof body, as well as some nice accessories, the Drift HD Ghost uses its features to beat back the action cam competition.


  • The Drift Innovation HD Ghost is a unique action camera with a rotating lens, but while video quality is good you can get better in this price range.


  • The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.

    If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.


  • 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.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is easily the best GoPro camera yet, with the ruggedness and quality that we've come to expect and a new user-friendly interface.


  • If you're interested in camcorders, or even gadgets in general, it's almost impossible to ignore the GoPro HD Hero2. In our experience, the Hero2 is the best adventure-style camcorder we've worked with, and the model was easier to handle and control than its most direct competitor: the Contour+ camcorder.

    The GoPro Hero2 wasn't a stellar performer in our video tests, but its Full HD video looked just as good as what we see from your average ultracompact camcorder.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is a rugged HD video camera that can take a beating and go deep underwater. It includes a number of different mounting tools so that you can affix it to a helmet, skateboard, or anything else you can imagine.


  • Toshiba is to be commended for producing a 3D camcorder for under £200 that isn't a complete gimmick. The Toshiba Camileo Z100 is cable of shooting reasonable, if not great 3D footage. But this is still a considerably limited device, mostly due to its lack of an optical zoom even in 2D mode. The manual settings aren't exactly extensive, either, and the side-by-side 3D format reduces 3D image quality noticeably. If you really have to shoot 3D, the Toshiba Camileo Z100 is very cheap.


  • While the 3D feature on this camcorder is nice, it doesn't make up for the lack of other features or the insufficient customer support you get from Toshiba.


  • The Z100's hateful touchscreen menu doesn't ruin what is otherwise a fun and good value 3D camcorder.


  • If you're looking for a low-cost HD camcorder with awesome zoom, it's hard to beat JVC's $279 Everio GZ-E200. But disappointing image quality, short battery life, and cumbersome navigation all limit its appeal. You could bring battery life up to par with a higher-powered battery pack, but that brings your total cost to $343.


  • If you're looking for a low-cost HD camcorder with awesome zoom, it's hard to beat JVC's Everio GZ-E200. But disappointing image quality, short battery life, and cumbersome navigation all limit its appeal. You could bring battery life up to par with a higher-powered battery pack, but that increases your total cost.


  • If you're looking for a low-cost HD camcorder with awesome zoom, it's hard to beat JVC's $279 Everio GZ-E200. But disappointing image quality, short battery life, and cumbersome navigation all limit its appeal. You could bring battery life up to par with a higher-powered battery pack, but that brings your total cost to $343.


Top 5 camcorder under $300:

  1. Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
  2. Panasonic HC-V500M Camcorder
  3. Go Pro HD Hero2 High Definition AVC Camcorder
  4. Toshiba Camileo Z100 3D High Definition Camcorder
  5. JVC Everio GZ-E200 Camcorder