Fulfills every expectation, with a surprise extra
I had reviewed the features on several models and settled on this one because of the low-light performance, external microphone plug, audio monitor plug, the ability to grab a still photo while recording video, and long, stabilized, zoom range. I was vaguely aware that it had a wi-fi card built in, but had not thought about how that might be useful.
Excellent value for money
The JVC GZ-EX515BEK offers an impressive feature set at a surprisingly low price. Image quality is good, however it's the breadth of features that mark the GZ-EX515BEK out. It incorporates the latest version of JVC's Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of creative options, and even an accessory shoe and microphone input. The only missing features are independent shutter and iris control. Overall though, for less than £300 it's a capable and well-rounded camcorder.
Ships with a waterproof housing
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.
Great customer service, nice quality
I've shot over a dozen time lapse indoors and out with the Hero2, both at max quality and lowest (wide angle.) The results were about the same. Decent, but not fantastic. Indoor shots with varying light conditions tend to "blow-out" - brights are white with no detail and darks are lacking detail. Outdoors is decent, in bright light. For short time lapse shots, you're better off with video and speeding it up in a video editor.
Superb picture quality
If you don't have the original HD Hero, this is certainly a little camera well worth considering. If you have the original, then this is probably enough of an upgrade to make it worth selling the old one and grabbing one of these. Picture quality has improved a decent amount, and the extra frame rate modes are very cool.
Decent performer and inexpensive
Canon's yearly refresh cycle has left us with a camcorder that still delivers good video quality while substantially boosting battery life. People upgrading from smartphone-caliber HD video will appreciate the image stabilization and mighty 32x zoom. There's also the matter of expandability- instead of robbing your phone of precious internal space normally used for apps and music, the R40 includes 8 GB built-in, plus up to 64 GB through the SDXC card slot.
Above average daylight performance
After spending some time the Vixia HF R40. Using it to goof around, play with the effects, capture funny and special moments, and to observe what's around you, it is a good camcorder all in all. With a decent specifications, decent performance, decent features and a decent price, it's a bang for your buck.
Affordable Full HD video-capture solution
For a budget camcorder, we kept our expectations low, so we weren't overly surprised by the performance. What did surprise us was how mediocre it performed against our iPhone. Sure, you can enable optical zoom with image stabilization, but that's a plus only if it works well.
Color was inaccurate
The QF30 makes a decent enough first impression, but scratching the surface just shows how poorly thought-out the whole experience is. There's nothing to make this small Samsung camcorder a compelling choice, even for people who own other Samsung devices. It barely plays into the carefully cultivated ecosystem the Korean giant has been assembling over the past few years, unlike their terrific still cameras like the NX300.
Good image quality for the price
The HMX-QF30 is not a premium competitor, although Samsung has produced some models in this category in the past, such as the Samsung VP-HMX20 a few years back. But it does play to the company's current forte - good features and image quality for the money. At around £250, the HMX-QF30 surprises with its inclusion of Wi-Fi features, optical image stabilisation and a 1/4-inch sensor.
Lousy resistive touchscreen
It's tough to recommend the QF30. Even though it compares well with other devices in its class, its class of devices is no longer relevant or needed, especially to those that own a relatively new smartphone. Even with optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and Wi-Fi, it just doesn't offer enough to justify the price of a dedicated device.
If you really want a dedicated camcorder, you can likely get a ruggedized pocket device like the Kodak PlaySport on the cheap.
Good video camera for me
This video camera is perfect for me and my use for family and travel video recordings. I found the HD quality quite good, even in low light. I did not detect any graininess indoors and of course all outdoor videos were quite sharp and color true. I took video of some cranes walking around in the yard with the zoom and it was crystal clear, really beautiful. You could see the birds' eyes and feathers sharply.
Great image and audio quality
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.
Great bang for the buck
As a value proposition, the Canon Vixia HF R300 succeeds. To make this nifty camcorder work in a real-life application, you must buy the the larger BP-727 Lithium Ion battery pack and it's relatively expensive charger PLUS the proper storage medium (I chose a 32MB SD card). Cost efficiency hint: For my application, I actually purchased two cameras, 2 32MB cards and two Canon BP-727 heavy-duty battery packs and laid off the cost of one charger between them.
Multiple frame rate options are great for capturing motion
The Canon HF R30 is one of the best budget camcorders we've reviewed this year. As with most cheap models, however, the R30 comes with a fairly substantial list of weaknesses, most blatant of which is the camcorder's horrid battery life. Canon's provided battery pack lasted for less than 45 minutes in our test, which means you'll be lucky to make it to halftime of recording your nephew's football game before you have to recharge.
Excellent purchase, simple to use
I was pleasantly surprised with how easy to use the ultra small, compact, and lightweight device. The previous reviews are off-target with it's capabilities. It is so simple to use for all members of the family; only a few buttons are built into the camcorder making it virtually a snap to learn it's basic operating procedures. Pros: small, amazing optical zoom, good sound quality, touch-screen picture taking while continuous recording, large memory, few buttons. Cons: short battery life.
Menus are well laid out and easy to navigate
The Handycam HDR-CX130 is an HD camcorder released by Sony, forming one half of the HD lineup. The other half is the higher-end HDR-XR160 model, and while both camcorders share the same improved "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and high zoom capabilities, the HDR-CX130 functions on flash memory while the HDR160 records to an internal hard drive. Improved and more sensitive than before, the HDR-CX130's "Exmor R" CMOS sensor promises better footage in dim lighting conditions, such as indoors or at night.
Good low-light performance
Overall, the Sony HDR-CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range. Predictably, Sony has mastered the art of the camera's appearance, making it smooth and sleek with a trendy touchscreen menu and large LCD screen. The functionality of the camera is also a selling point, as any user should be able to pick it up, point and shoot. The image and video quality doesn't necessarily live up to the aesthetics of the camera; however, it performs satisfactorily in comparison to its competitors.
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