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Led by camcorder giants like Panasonic, JVC and Sony, our list of the best HD camcorders under $500 is defined by excellent ratings from camcorder experts world over. These camcorders are characterized by high optical zoom, efficient stabilization and good low light performance to accompany several other convenience features.


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Sony HDR-PJ380
Sony Handycam HDR-CX110
Kodak Zi8
Canon VIXIA HF R11
Sanyo VPC-CS1
Sony HDR-PJ380
Sony Handycam HDR-CX110E High Definition Camcorder
Kodak Zi8 HD Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF R11  32 GB  High Definition Flash Media  AVC Camcorder
Sanyo VPC-CS1 Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2010
Aug 2009
Jan 2010
Jan 2010
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-2
High Definition, H.264, AAC, JPEG
High Definition, Flash Media, AVC
High Definition, MPEG-4, AVC, H.264
HDD Size
16.0 GB
0.28 GB
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
Optical Zoom
30.0 x
25.0 x
20.0 x
10.0 x
Recording System
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC
NTSC, PAL
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.9 MegaPixels
3.15 MegaPixels
2.07 MegaPixels
2.39 MegaPixels
3.3 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
SD card
Flash Media
Hard Drive
High Definition, Flash Media, AVC
Use
Video
Video
Average Rating
 4.3 stars
 3.6 stars
 3.8 stars
 3.5 stars
 3.0 stars

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