Updated on 2 August 2013 by

PAL is the predominant video standard for VHS tapes used largely in Europe. The corresponding popular standard for North America is called NTSC. Both standards give similar video performance even though they have a slight difference in frame rate. However conversion from either format can result in very visible video distortions. For the best quality it is critical that you choose the right standard compatible with the color TV you want to playback on.

The best PAL 3D camcorders and 2D camcorders also support the NTSC standard for more flexibility.


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Panasonic HC-X920
Panasonic HC-V720
GoPro HERO3
Panasonic HC-V520
Drift Innovation HD Ghost
Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Digital Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V720 3D Ready 1MOS HD Digital Camcorder
GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Camcorder
Panasonic HC-V520 HD Digital Camcorder
Drift Innovation HD Ghost Wi-Fi Waterproof Camcorder
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Release Date
Jan 2013
Feb 2013
Oct 2012
Jan 2013
Dec 2012
Recording System
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
NTSC, PAL
HDD Size
32.0 GB
32.0 GB
16.0 GB
0.256 GB
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
21.0 x
62.0 x
Recording Format
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
Flash Media, High Definition
High Definition
High Definition
Camcorder Type
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Digital
Memory Still Resolution
8.49 MegaPixels
4.14 MegaPixels
12.0 MegaPixels
2.25 MegaPixels
11.0 MegaPixels
Recordable Media
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
High Definition, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Flash Media, High Definition, AVCHD
Flash Media, AVCHD, MPEG-4
Internal Flash Memory 256MB, microSD Up To 32GB
Use
Video
Video
Video
Video
Video
Average Rating
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 4.2 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.0 stars
 3.8 stars