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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Canon VIXIA HF R42
JVC Everio GZ-GX1
Sony HDR-PJ230/B
Sony HDR-CX220
JVC Everio GZ-E200
Canon VIXIA HF R42 HD 53x Image Stabilized Optical Zoom Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-GX1 Camcorder
Sony HDR-PJ230/B High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Sony HDR-CX220 High Definition Handycam Camcorder
JVC Everio  GZ-E200BUS1080p HD Digital Video Camera
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$350
$470
$489 - $545
$280 - $338
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2012
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Feb 2012
HDD Size
32.0 GB
8.0 GB
Optical Zoom
32.0 x
10.0 x
27.0 x
27.0 x
40.0 x
Recording Format
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
2.07 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
8.9 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
AVCHD
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card, Built-in Memory
AVC, AVCHD
High Definition, AVCHD
Use
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Video

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