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The market-leading camcorders with price under $400 sport latest features like HD video lens with advanced zoom, good resolution full HD image sensor, a large enough LCD screen, and a good capacity flash memory. The best camcorders under $400 manage to produce solid video quality and usually offer a large amount of pre-set shooting modes, a few nice manual features and let you store still images as well.

Prosumer offerings from companies like Sony and Panasonic are often the best buys at the sub-$400 range.


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JVC GZ-EX515
Sony Handycam HDR-CX260V
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ200
Sony HDR-CX210
Panasonic HDC-TM40
JVC GZ-EX515BUS- HD Everio Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX260V Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ200 Camcorder
Sony HDR-CX210 (8 GB) High Definition Camcorder
Panasonic HDC-TM40 (16 GB) High Definition Camcorder
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Release Date
Mar 2013
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
Sep 2011
Optical Zoom
38.0 x
30.0 x
25.0 x
25.0 x
16.8 x
Recording Format
High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
Flash Media
JPEG
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, Analog
Digital, Analog
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.3 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
5.3 MegaPixels
5.3 MegaPixels
2.1 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Flash Media
Flash Media
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
Use
Video, Photo Viewing
Video, Photo Viewing, Music
Video, Photo Viewing, Music
Video
Video
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.6 stars
 3.2 stars
 3.5 stars