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The best HD camcorders today are great for rapid on board recording and are capable of around 60 frames per second. Our list of the best camcorders under $300 is narrowed down to the top rated models which are capable of recording at full HD and carry price tags ranging from $200 to $300.

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Drift Innovation HD Ghost

Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder


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Drift Innovation HD Ghost
GoPro HD Hero2
Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD
GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition
JVC Everio GZ-EX210
Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
Go Pro HD Hero2 High Definition AVC Camcorder
Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition Camcorder
JVC Everio GZ-EX210 High Definition Camcorder
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Release Date
Dec 2012
Oct 2011
Jan 2012
Apr 2011
Feb 2012
Recording Format
High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
HDD Size
0.256 GB
8.0 GB
16.0 GB
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
11.0 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
12.8 MegaPixels
2.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
H.264 codec, .mp4
MPEG-4
AVCHD
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video

  • With Wi-Fi, an LCD, and a waterproof body, as well as some nice accessories, the Drift HD Ghost uses its features to beat back the action cam competition.


  • The Drift Innovation HD Ghost is a unique action camera with a rotating lens, but while video quality is good you can get better in this price range.


  • The HD Ghost is an excellent quality 1080p HD POV camcorder - with a handy remote control, to boot. It also also shoots high-quality JPEGs. The free iPhone application is also a nice bonus that's actually useful. Different types of mounts are included to make the HD Ghost package very complete, without the need to buy more accessories.

    If you can get over the tricky user interface - eventually you will - the HD Ghost delivers consistent, high-quality HD video and stills.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is easily the best GoPro camera yet, with the ruggedness and quality that we've come to expect and a new user-friendly interface.


  • If you're interested in camcorders, or even gadgets in general, it's almost impossible to ignore the GoPro HD Hero2. In our experience, the Hero2 is the best adventure-style camcorder we've worked with, and the model was easier to handle and control than its most direct competitor: the Contour+ camcorder.

    The GoPro Hero2 wasn't a stellar performer in our video tests, but its Full HD video looked just as good as what we see from your average ultracompact camcorder.


  • The GoPro HD Hero2 is a rugged HD video camera that can take a beating and go deep underwater. It includes a number of different mounting tools so that you can affix it to a helmet, skateboard, or anything else you can imagine.


  • The Bloggie Live's benefits include a lower price tag and a simpler feature set. It's a dedicated camcorder, so you don't have to worry about all the other features, apps, and costs associated with owning a smartphone. Then again, if you already have a smartphone that can record and transfer video wirelessly, then there's really no good reason to buy a Bloggie Live.


  • The Sony Bloggie Live is an excellent pocket camcorder with groundbreaking wireless features, but it's a tough sell in the age of do-everything smartphones.


  • Without a doubt, the Sony Bloggie Live is the most versatile pocket camcorder we've tested in terms of wireless streaming, peer-to-peer sharing, and still-image resolution. Admittedly, it lacks a couple of useful features found in Kodak's Zi8, such as a mic-in port, a dedicated macro/landscape toggle, and removable storage. Is it a compelling alternative to a higher-end smartphone? That depends on whether you already own a smartphone, and on how much you value the Bloggie's live-streaming skills.

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    The GoPro HD Hero is an absolutely massive step forward from the old model in terms of visual and audio fidelity. There's simply no comparing the footage you'll get from one of these to the footage from the originals and, since the design has stayed more or less the same, those upgrading will still be able to use all their old mounts.


  • The GoPro HD Helmet Hero is a 1080p camcorder that attaches to your helmet, and can also attach to your car, surfboard, bike and so on. Its excellent image quality means it's the device to buy if you want to document your extreme-sports shenanigans.

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    The GoPro HD HERO is where it's at if you're into any kind of "extreme" sport and you want to record high-quality HD video. With the included housing and mounting options, the HERO offers outstanding bang for your buck.


  • JVC has realized the Wi-Fi capabilities are the way of the future when it comes to camcorder functionality. Wi-Fi is the highlight of this already impressive model in JVC's lineup. Sharing video with PCs and smart phones is a no hassle process. Sending short 15 second video e-mails is also a pretty cool feature. Beyond Wi-Fi, JVC has loaded this camcorder with useful and features. High speed video capture, time lapse, auto recording, and face recognition are a few included that will probably be used the most.


Top 5 hd camcorder under $300:

  1. Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
  2. Go Pro HD Hero2 High Definition AVC Camcorder
  3. Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 HD Camcorder
  4. GoPro HD Helmet HERO High Definition Camcorder
  5. JVC Everio GZ-EX210 High Definition Camcorder