Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Camcorder technology has advanced such that even 3D shooting and full HD modes are included in some of the best camcorders under 500 dollar. Such models offer several features, including manual exposure controls, wide-angle lenses and a range of recording formats.

What’s more, manufacturers build in some pretty neat, niche features, like extra optical zoom up to 40x with image stabilization and touchscreen LCD. Take care to look for audio features like speakers and in-built microphone.


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Sony HDR-PJ380
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ200
Sony Bloggie Sport HD MHS-TS22
Sony DCR-SX65
Sony Handycam HDR-CX110
Sony HDR-PJ380
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ200 Camcorder
SonyBloggie Sport HD MHS-TS22/B Camcorder
Sony DCR-SX65 Camcorder
Sony Handycam HDR-CX110E High Definition Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Jan 2012
Mar 2012
Jan 2011
Feb 2010
HDD Size
16.0 GB
4.0 GB
4.0 GB
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
25.0 x
60.0 x
25.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
MPEG-2
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-2
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital, Analog
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.9 MegaPixels
5.3 MegaPixels
5.03 MegaPixels
0.47 MegaPixels
3.15 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD card
Flash Media
Flash Media
Flash Media
Flash Media
Use
Video
Video, Photo Viewing, Music
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
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 4.3 stars
 3.6 stars
 3.1 stars
 3.4 stars
 3.6 stars

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