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To ease your dilemma our selection of the best HD camcorders under $200 is narrowed down to only the top rated models in the sub $200 bracket capable of recording in Full HD. Led by JVC and Sony, many of these models feature wi-fi, a superbly convenient way to connect with your computer, smartphone and the web; along with several apps including live streaming options.

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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder


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GoPro HERO3
Panasonic HC-X900M
Contour ROAM2
Spy Tec Mobius Action
Panasonic HX-WA03
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Panasonic HC-X900M Camcorder
Contour ROAM2 Waterproof Video Camera
Spy Tec Mobius Action 1080P HD Mini Sports Cam
Panasonic HX-WA03 Dual Waterproof 16MP Digital Camcorder
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Release Date
Oct 2012
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Jun 2013
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Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
12.0 MegaPixels
16.0 MegaPixels
5.0 MegaPixels
11.9 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
SD card
SD/SDHC/SDXC Memory Card
Use
Video
Video
Video
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  • 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.


  • Panasonic sure knows how to make a solid flagship camcorder with appeal to consumers and semi-pros alike, and, by all means, the new HC-X900M is exactly that-an excellent high-end camcorder. Unfortunately, the product still left us dissatisfied thanks to Panasonic's lack of updates and improvements over last year's HDC-TM900. We said the same thing last year when Panasonic failed to innovate, and this glaring trend of riding on the coattails of predecessors has us worried about Panasonic's future in the market.

    But we also can't really blame them.

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    With outstanding performance in two dimensions or three, the HC-X900M, by Panasonic, is well worth the attention of anyone seeking quality HD at an affordable price.


  • The last few generations of high-end camcorder from Panasonic have been hard to beat. The HDC-TM900 and HDC-TM700 offered powerful combinations of great image quality and comprehensive features. The HC-X900 continues that tradition, and just about edges our recommendation over Canon's excellent LEGRIA HF G10. The X900 is around £100 cheaper and offers a standard accessory shoe without the need for third-party adapters, plus a marginally easier control system. For these reasons the HC-X900 maintains Panasonic's position as our top premium camcorder recommendation.


  • As long as you don't need to change shooting modes on the go, the ContourRoam2 is a simple way to capture fine-quality POV videos in dry or wet conditions.


  • As an all-weather, easy-to-use action camera, the Contour ROAM 2 is a great little piece of technology. It's got some useful enhancements from the original ROAM, and is far cheaper than the high-end Contour+2. It captures good, but not great, video and photos, and the internal microphone still isn't the best, but for the casual user it's good value.


  • For basic POV filming the ROAM2 passes the test, although, outside of the rotating lens, there isn't any standout feature to set it apart from the rapidly expanding choices for compact, mountable video cameras. Definitely check out the available mounting options to find the correct mount or one that allows for multiple placements.


  • This pocket camcorder is a great bang for your buck. You can take it nearly anywhere you go because it's waterproof and compact, and the video quality is fantastic.