Solid performance, loaded with features
After using this more extensively for a few weeks, I am amazed at the image stabilization; it is truly innovative. I've never seen anything like it. Now the bad news, the navigation screen is difficult. Partly because of the small screen size (comes with the territory of having a small camcorder, I guess). I wish there was a 'home' button because getting back to the main screen takes time; I usually end up just shutting it down and turning it back on again.
One of the best low light performances
The HDR-PJ710V churned out one of the best low light performances seen so far this year, essentially turning last yearâ?? s biggest weakness into one of this yearâ?? s greatest strengths. The new Sony PJ710V not only produces brighter images than last yearâ?? s CX700V, but it also showed far less noise and better colors than its predecessor. Sony also improved its SteadyShot image stabilization system, which was another area where last yearâ?? s CX700V had some trouble.
Impressive - Floating Lens is Uh-May-Zing!
Sony has certainly moved the video camera into the next century with this one. The HD video quality is pristine, and the camera is very easy to use. And the floating lens and tracking focus are exceptional. And I haven't personally seen these features on any other video camera. It is pricey, but this is a great video camera. I'll definitely be reaching more frequently for this one over my Canon.
iimpressive little projector with the camcorder.
This camcorder is fully loaded with every conceivable feature, and we believe it compares favorably to the best camcorders from Panasonic and Canon coming in 2012. The HDR-PJ710V is a Smart-Review top pick.
Fantastic low light performance
We're impressed with the HF G10 in terms of performance and capability, but the camcorder's $1499 price tag may be too high for most consumers. You are getting a lot for your money, though, and for people who want access to professional-grade controls, paying around $1500 for a camcorder isn't that bad.
Good audio quality from the built-in stereo microphones
The Canon VIXIA HF G10 is a camcorder built for ease of use and high quality recording. While the CMOS sensor is a basic 2 megapixel sensitivity that creates 1920 x 1080 resolution video, the lens is of a high quality that enables up to 10x optical zoom.
Excellent results, especially in Raw mode
The Canon PowerShot G10 is still going to be the benchmark by which all other high-spec compacts are measured, but it's no longer the top dog. It is beaten on picture quality and portability by the smaller, lighter and slightly cheaper Panasonic LX3, and is beaten badly on value for money by most entry-level DSLRs. It's still an impressive camera and can produce excellent results, especially in Raw mode, but the price means its appeal is a little too specialised for some.
Excellent high-end camcorder with a wealth of features
Provided you've got a wallet padded enough to take the blow, the Canon Legria HF G10 is an excellent high-end camcorder with a wealth of features. A few usability quirks here and there, as well as a frustrating in-camera editing experience, stops us from giving the HF G10 a glowing recommendation with an Editors' Choice award.
5x Wide zoom
We always look forward to working with Canon's "G" series of PowerShot models, as they offer such a degree of versatility in a relatively compact package. This year's G10 proved to be yet another successful model in this category. While I was a bit disappointed at the loss of a few features from it predecessor, the G10 performed very well and all of the new additions (14.7-megapixel imager, 5x Wide zoom, new battery, etc.) helped me forget about the ones I missed.
Dedicated knobs for exposure compensation and ISO settings
If we were in the market for a compact camera to supplement the DSLR, we would be torn between the G10 and the Panasonic LX3. The LX3 is daintier and has fewer pixels, which we like. It has an outstanding Leica-branded lens that doesn't have quite the range of the Canon. Image quality is excellent. But we like the look of the G10 and will always prefer a camera with an optical viewfinder. And the brilliant ergonomics would probably win us over.
Good controls, build and ergonomics
The PowerShot G10 remains a superb compact camera. It's built like a brick yet comfortable to use, boasts full manual control along with a flash hotshoe and RAW recording, has an excellent looking screen, a flexible zoom range with wide angle capabilities and decent stabilisation, and the potential to deliver images packed with detail again so long as you stick to the lowest sensitivities and largest apertures.
WiFi connectivity and wireless features
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.
Capable, well designed camcorder
The Bloggie is a good choice for someone who either doesn't have a decent camera/video camera on a phone or mp3 player, as it does basically everything those devices do.
It also has several features not found on iOS: stills while recording, steadyshot, stereo sound, dedicated still/video buttons, 60p mode, and direct sharing with other smartphones to name a few. I found myself reaching for the Bloggie when I knew I'd want to take some video rather than relying on my iPhone.
Live-streaming capabilities via built-in Qik app
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?
Small size and light weight make this camera easy to have at all times.
Pocket camcorders have come a long way, and the Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 proves that. This camcorder has fully embraced the technology of high definition and combined it with ease of use and portability. Uploading and sharing with social networks, YouTube, smart phones, and tablets has become an effortless process through this little Wi-Fi enabled device. It only takes a few touches on the camera's 3-inch touch-screen and you're done.
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.
Shoots great HD video
With its clumsy design and terrible user interface, we can honestly say JVC failed in their attempt at making a true photo/video "hybrid" device. Solely for recording video, however, the JVC GC-PX10 is not a complete waste of time but it is still seriously overpriced for what you get.
Extensive enthusiast features
Despite its digital photography credentials, this is still a camcorder first and stills camera second. If you only occasionally want to shoot video, the price of just under £700 will seem steep when superzooms such as Panasonic's Lumix DMC-FZ48 can be had for under £250, and even Sony's NEX-5 costs less. But taken the other way round, it's a different story.
Very good photos (both need lots of light)
JVC has really broken some new ground with the GC-PX10 hybrid. The combination camcorder-camera takes beautiful videos and stills, but it's hampered in low light by a small sensor. We'd love to see JVC put an APS-C sized imaging device in the next generation, even if body has to get a little thicker. The JVC GC-PX10 has some wonderful things going for it - and some serious drawbacks. As such, we can't give it our wholehearted endorsement.
High-quality video capabilities
As it stands, the GC-PX10's unique body design is little more than a disguise. JVC makes a fine camcorder, and this may even be one of them, but the optics, interface, and physical handling are not suited to still photography. And much about the PX10 betrays JVC's unfamiliarity with the space, such as the lack of basic in-camera editing, lack of playback options, or even the lack of picture effects silly as they often are.
Very good low-light video quality
The flash-based Panasonic HDC-TM700 and its hard-disk sibling, the HDC-HS700, stand out for their low-light video quality and broad set of manual controls. However, while the TM700 is very attractively priced for its class, the HS700 is not, and not worth the price premium unless you absolutely need the hard disk.
Good sharpness and motion in 1080p
Overall, the HDC-TM700 is a solid camcorder that is sure to be one of the best - if not the very best camcorder of the year. If you can get around the fact that the 1080/60p footage is difficult to work with, then you're going to be pleasantly impressed by the quality the HDC-TM700 is capable of. The $999 price tag is also a very reasonable cost for such a top-notch camcorder, as it comes in significantly cheaper than the flagship models from other manufacturers.
relatively healthy 12x optical zoom
Overall, the HDC-TM700 produces a killer combination of consummate manual control and best-of-breed image quality. And with a price already similar to the outgoing models, you should look no further than this if you're in the market for a top-end HD camcorder with semi-pro capabilities.
Excellent video quality
The TM700 is a solid contender for the high-end of the camcorder market. It deftly combines a nice selection of advanced features for the tinkerer with functions to help more novice users to get the best video. With a lens that's the best in its price range the TM700 can tackle a variety of challenging shooting environments far better than most camcorders.
Superb HD picture quality
The TM700's picture and sound quality is of an excellent standard, the same as the HS700. Virtually everything we pointed the camcorder at looked gorgeous when played back on a high-definition television, especially when using the 1080/50p shooting mode. Panasonic's proprietary Intelligent Auto technology also made light work of focusing, colour and lighting adjustments, although like all consumer camcorders on the market, the TM700 has a tendency to blow out highlights.
Low price tag
With its low price tag ($999 MSRP) and exceptional video performance, the HDC-TM700 is one of the most impressive camcorders to come along in a while. Simply put, it is a fantastic camcorder that is a much-improved upgrade over last year's HDC-TM300 (which won our award for camcorder of the year in 2009). To be fair, there are a number of flagship models from other manufacturers that we have yet to review in 2010, but we are confident the HDC-TM700 will remain as one of the bestâ??
A feature packed camcorder
The Panasonic HDC-TM700 is a feature packed camcorder that most beginners and avid videographers will find easy and intuitive to use. Its 1080/60p record mode shoots videos with striking details and flawless quality. This Panasonic flash memory camcorder is one of the best consumer camcorders that is a joy to use.
I also find the camera uncomfortable to hold, giving very little room for fingers without constantly, and accidentally hitting buttons (mainly, the silver side button), when held in the horizontal shooting position. If there was no issue with the sound playback mentioned above, I would have kept the camera and just trained myself to hold it differently, as well as learned to tolerate the lack of 'touch screen' responsiveness, but because of the playback sound issues, I'm sending it back.
Sturdy build and waterproofing
Sony's bloggies have never quite been the value option. If you want a decent waterproof pocket Internet camcorder, then Samsung's W200 is very keenly priced, Polaroid's X720 even more cost effective, and then Panasonic's HM-TA20 and Kodak's Playsport Zx5 are also both cheaper than the bloggie Sport. Features are also very limited, even for a camcorder of this type. But this is a typically solid Sony device, and of course image quality is top of the genre.
Shock and waterproof body
The Bloggie Sport won't challenge the pro-level video cameras in terms of features and quality, but its simple interface and sturdy, waterproof body is likely to appeal to families at the beach or the extreme sports enthusiast who regularly finds his or her camera submerged in water.
Decent video performance
The Sony Bloggie Sport is much like previous Sony pocket camcorders only a lot hardier. Waterproof and impervious to dust and (moderate) drops onto hard surfaces, you'll struggle to break it. It's simple to use, with barely any settings to tweak and one huge record button to kick off video although the touchscreen can be slightly unresponsive at times.
Good low light performance
With Cisco killing off its Flip camcorder line last month, the ultracompact camcorder market was left with some gaping holes to fill. Kodak's series of pocket-cams may be poised to take over a chunk of the Flip's former market, and, we must say, the waterproof PlaySport Zx5 is certainly a worthy heir. We liked the Zx5's predecessor (the PlaySport Zx3) enough to name it our best ultracompact camcorder of 2010, so it shouldn't be a surprise that we liked the Zx5 as well.
Full HD shooting
With the Playsport Zx5, Kodak has built on the excellent Zx3, and added standards-compliant dust and shock proofing. The result is a camcorder ready for a wider range of outdoor activities. The specifications and performance are otherwise very similar. So although the new model is a little more expensive, making it slightly worse value overall, it's the better choice if you want a cheap pocket camcorder able to resist the elements and a bit of rough treatment.
Isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
It's hard to see what the Zx5 brings to the party that wasn't already offered by the Zx3. Both 1920x1080 video capture and image stabilisation were already included, as was the shoot and share option. The Zx5 has a dedicated Share button and DIS (direct image stabilisation) plus support for face-recognition. This isn't enough to make us fork out an extra £30 to £40 over the previous model.
Good video quality.
The Playsport Zx5 is a very versatile pocket camcorder,it not only takes sharp video but is designed to go underwater and take the odd fall off a table. Despite its sturdy build, the Playsport is sharply styled and not at all cumbersome to carry with you. The lack of a built-in USB plug and a lapse in autofocus top the very short list of quibbles with the Playsport Zx5, which continues Kodak's tradition of leading pocket camcorders.
Decent video quality
The PlaySport will probably not be used to make any award winning documentaries (or even a serviceable student film). But for its price it can't be beat as an adventure camcorder, and is more than acceptable as a pocket cam for less demanding users. Its video and image quality is on par with the rest of its class, and its superior build puts it above its competitors.
Rugged waterproof and shockproof specifications
The Kodak Playsport Zx5 is a fun little pocket HD video camera. Video quality is good for a camera of this size, and you can capture decent 5-megapixel images when needed. With a street price of $159.99 US, the Playsport is very easy on the pocketbook.
Addition of GPS
A lot of the time when we see new products at CES, we come away disappointed that there aren't enough updates or new features to make us excited. Manufacturers often love to "re-release" camcorders with a few design changes and mildly improved specs that translate to little improvement in performance or handling. We're hinting that the Sony HDR-TD20V may be this kind of camcorder, although we can't say for sure until we get the model into our labs for a thorough test.
Very Nice Camera Packed with Lots of Whistles and Bells
Overall, this is an outstanding camera but maybe a little bit of to many whistles and bells for the average person wanting a camera to record birthday parties. However, if you are looking for crisp shots and need that something extra, I'd highly recommend this one.
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