Delivers very good image quality
The benefits of the HC-V520 are clear. It has more manual controls than the Canon and its zoom lens is ridiculously long. It's a stronger camcorder in low light and it comes with a better battery. But the Canon is easier to use and it comes in a slicker, fancier package, which, in a way, makes it more fun to handle. Both are good options for low-end camcorders, but the Canon HF R40 is the better bang for your buck.
Good image quality
The Panasonic HC-V520 is quite an improvement over its predecessor. With better image quality, the WiFi features, and enhanced zoom as well as more image stabilisation options, there are many reasons why this is a better buy than the HC-V500. However, at around Â£130 less than the HC-V720, it's not such a clear value proposition in the mid-range price bracket. If you have the extra to spend, the HC-V720 is a clear winner around the Â£500 mark.
High-definition 1080/60p video recording
The JVC GZ-VX815 packs a hefty set of features - high-definition video capture, 12-megapixel photo capture, and just plain "fun" features - all in a small profile that will fit quite comfortably in your pants or shirt pocket. Think of it as the better way to capture video and still images than on your smartphone (if you got one of those, you can pair it to the camcorder for remote operation).
Great value in a highly portable package
This is a well designed unit, with small thoughtful touches such as rough grooving along one side for a better grip, and a built-in USB cable.
While there is nothing here that blew my socks off, it did meet my expectations for performance in a highly portable unit at this price point.
Camera for Streaming HDMI Out
The VIXIA HF R400 will do this! It will also let you eliminate on-screen text for the external display. This is FANTASTIC. It is very frustrating how poorly documented these features are for cameras being sold. I ended-up figuring this out by taking the risk to buy it and test it myself.
On an aside, the video quality was excellent as well. The video looked great compared to other cameras in its class.
Lots of recording options and still features
At first blush, it doesn't seem like the Panasonic HX-WA2 will be a top camcorder. Construction is shoddy, design is boneheaded, and if either of these are an indicator of image quality, then we're not expecting much. Of course we've been fooled before. And not by just any camcorder, but by this model's direct ancestors: the Sanyo Xacti models like the VPC-HD2000 and VPC-CG10, which, thanks to Panasonic's acquisition of Sanyo, featured very similar designs as the WA2.
This is absolutely perfect for those who don't want to carry around a larger camcorder and all of the chargers/attachments that come along with it. This fits nicely in my pocket of my husband's jeans or in my purse. We prefer the smaller size so that we can bring along and not feel like stalkers. The videos are of great quality and we were very happy with the purchase.
Optical zoom with 15x maximum iZoom
At a little over £200, Panasonic's HX-WA2 isn't as budget conscious as pocket Internet camcorders costing £100 or less. It doesn't quite have the immediate single-function appeal of Flip-style camcorders, either. But if you do fancy a go-anywhere pocket-friendly shooter, and are willing to pay a little extra for quite a lot more features, this is a capable camcorder for the money.
The sub-HD resolution sensor produces merely satisfactory video.
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
images produced are crystal clear
The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is a mid-cost camcorder. The 1MOS sensor of this camcorder is capable of capturing clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The HDC-HS80's 42x Intelligent Zoom uses Panasonic's Crystal Engine PRO, a high-resolution processor that helps to record clear videos, even in low-lighting.
Effective image stabilisation
The design of the HDC-HS80 camera is unappealing, as it lacks the modern sleekness of its competitors, and the video quality, while satisfactory, doesn't live up to other cameras within its range. The external LED light and image stabiliser are saving graces for this Panasonic device, although they can't make up for the sheer irritation of the camera's screen and menu features, which make the whole user experience rather unpleasant.
HDC-HS80 is a joy to hold for long periods of time.
If you are looking to upgrade your old camcorder, you won't find much better at this price range. The HDC-HS80 is small and has more features than you can shake a stick at. The lack of advanced manual controls may put some off, but for 90% of home movie recording the HDC-HS80 is fantastic.
Comfortable design and grip
Canon's updates to the HF R32's sensor and processing system were minimal, so we don't expect to see a huge improvement in performance compared to last year's HF R21. What does impress us, however, are the simple design modifications Canon made to the HF R32 that make it a more compact and lighter model than its predecessor.
A true no-brainer camera!
The camera is smaller than I expected but then again we've been using our old Panasonic mini-DVD recorder which is quite a bit bigger. At first I thought it was too small...but after about 5 minutes I got used to the feel of the smaller unit AND truly appreciated the decrease in weight. Our old camera would get heavy in your hand after a while. The zoom moves quickly - I probably just need to practice with it more (again, used to my old one).
Good low light performance
Although the JVC Everio GZ-HM650BEK lacks some manual controls, at this price the performance in automatic mode is one of the key priorities, and here the camcorder does well. You will almost certainly need to budget for extra removable memory, despite the 8GB on board, but overall this is a keenly priced entry-level HD camcorder capable of shooting decent-quality footage in a variety of conditions, making it well worth considering as a budget buy.
Good value compared with similarly featured competitors
Aimed at a family audience, the JVC features common digital camera gizmos such as subject-recognising intelligent auto mode (with its own button), face recognition and smile-shot modes, while time lapse recording and the ability to add an animation effect to footage provides a degree of creative scope. HDMI, AV and USB output are hidden beneath the screen when it's not in use.
Full screen recording, in-camera tagging
The Bloggie Touch is by far Sony's best effort in the pocket camcorder market to date. The autofocus lens may frustrate a bit indoors, and holding the camcorder horizontally may take some Flip fans some getting used to. But the video quality is excellent and the use of the full 3-inch touchscreen really makes it easy to capture your movies.
Well designed touch-screen interface
A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls, unusual for their price class, and well designed touch-screen interface but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.
Decent low-light performance
The HDC-SD80 is not quite Panasonic's budget model, but it's close. The small 1/5.8in CMOS sensor still delivers decent colour performance, although detail is down on higher-end members of the range, such as the HDC-SD90. You still get Panasonic's characteristically good level of manual control, and the touch-screen LCD allows a range of touch-operated functions.
A good range of automatic features
Sitting price-wise, as it does, at the intersection of more fully featured prosumer models and the really cheap entry-level camcorder range, the SD80 offers a fair balance of quality and features that should enable amateur videographers to improve their shooting skills without overloading them with features that they won't use or grasp fully.
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