Updated on 2 August 2013 by

Prosumer camcorders with high-definition video support from JVC and Panasonic are often the best buys at the sub-$800 price point. The features to look for in the best sub-$800 camcorders include big LCD displays for ease of use, bigger sensor/lens sizes for better low-light performance and a great battery life for extended outdoor use.


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Panasonic HC-V720
JVC Everio GZ-GX1
Canon Vixia HF M50
Canon Vixia HF M500
Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-GX1 Camcorder
Canon Vixia HF M50 Camcorder
Canon Vixia HF M500 Camcorder
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Release Date
Feb 2013
Feb 2012
Jan 2012
Jan 2012
HDD Size
32.0 GB
8.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
21.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
10.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media
Flash Media
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
4.14 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
2.37 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
AVCHD
Flash Media
Flash Media
Use
Video
Video, Photo Viewing
Video
Average Rating
 4.2 stars
 3.9 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.3 stars