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The best flash media camcorders come in the smaller pocketable and compact form factors. Flash Media is by far the most expensive storage solution as compared to Hard Disk Drive and Mini-DV storage formats. Consequently, Flash Media camcorders mostly store the high compression and low quality AVCHD format and typically range from around 8GB to about 64 GB in size. The biggest advantage of Flash Media camcorders is that due to the solid-state storage construction they are most resistant to rough handling - unlike the hard drive based camcorders which are more prone to storage failure from rough handling.

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Panasonic HC-X920

Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder


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Panasonic HC-X920
Panasonic HC-V720
GoPro HERO3
Sony HDR-PJ650V
Canon VIXIA HF G20
Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Jan 2013
Jan 2013
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
21.0 x
12.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.49 MegaPixels
4.14 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
5.02 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
MPEG-4, MPEG-2, AVCHD
MPEG-4, AVCHD
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • Panasonic's top camcorders have historically been great performers, after all. We were just hoping thatâ?? despite the fact that wireless features have become the connecting thread of imaging-related announcements at CESâ?? this model would stand out in some other way. Maybe the new back-illuminated sensors will do the trick, but we'll only be sure after lab testing.

    That said, we have to admit the new WiFi features are pretty darn cool.


  • The HC-X920 is priced £50 above the RRP of the HC-X900, but it's still sub-£1,000, and should be £50-100 beneath this when it becomes more widely available. With even better performance and additional WiFi-features, it's well worth the extra cash anyway. The HC-X900 was the king of consumer-grade camcorders, and the HC-X920 is heir to its throne. If you're looking for the best 2D camcorder on the market, Panasonic has raised the bar yet again with the HC-X920.


  • You might be a little sceptical about the need for a proper video camera in the days of DSLRs and phones, but we promise you, there's something a lot nicer about picking up a tool designed to do the job. Sure, you can do all DIY with a hammer if need be, but the results will cary from good, to very smashy and not all that nice to look at. Pick the right tool, and use a couple of things together, and you'll get a much better result.

    As a product judged for what it does, we really love the X920.


  • It's hard to get excited about a camcorder that offers so few performance improvements, but bear with us, because the Panasonic HC-V720â?? like its predecessorâ?? is a great deal.

    Minus a few slight changes, both for better and worse, the V720's image quality is quite similar to the V700's. But let's not forget how strong performance was to begin with. This camcorder's color accuracy and noise reduction are both solid, and sharpness is outstanding, surpassing competitors like Canon's HF M52.


  • The Panasonic HC-V720 may only have minor improvements in central areas, particularly image quality, but it does have enough additional features and enhancements to make it a worthy upgrade nevertheless. The additional image stabilisation options, 5.1 surround sound, and comprehensive WiFi features are all very welcome. With great performance and loads of features, this is a great mid-range camcorder.


  • The important thing when considering whether to get the Panasonic HC-V720, then, isn't whether it'll give you vastly improved image quality in your video over what some cameras or the best smartphones will do. Sadly, it often won't.
    But what it does is enable you to smoothly record footage that you couldn't get any other way: close-ups in sporting events; perfectly smooth tracking of a bird taking off; video from a boat that doesn't make people too seasick.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.


  • If you're looking to upgrade from your HD Hero2, the Hero3: Black Edition should give you plenty to be excited about. The enhanced video performance means your videos will be sharper, have more detail in low light, and moving subjects will look smoother than anything you shot with the Hero2. In addition to being both smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Hero3's built-in WiFi functions make it an easier camcorder to us, especially if you have a smartphone.


  • The GoPro Hero3 Black Edition delivers outstanding video quality and features like 4K that you won't find anywhere else.


  • The PJ580 was priced below the PJ650V's competition, and had specs to match. The latest PJ-series camcorder is an upgrade, but it doesn't exceed what other manufacturers are doing. Ultimately, the choice you make among these three will have a lot to do with ergonomic preferences, specific feature needs, and/or the absolute need for 60p.


  • Those expecting a huge improvement over the HF G10 will be disappointed. The HF G20 builds on its predecessor's strengths and makes subtle, small improvements. Unless you're dead-set on shooting video with a DSLR, the HF G20 will fit the bill for anyone demanding high quality imaging coupled with a comprehensive array of manual controls.

    Still, in some ways, it's easy to feel that Canon showed up a day late and a dollar short with the lack of 60p recording. In order to sweeten the pot, Canon cut the price.


Top 5 flash media camcorder:

  1. Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
  2. Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
  3. GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
  4. Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Handycam Camcorder
  5. Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder