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.
Excellent in low light and dramatic settings
Those expecting a huge improvement over the HF G10 will be disappointed. The HF G20 builds on its predecessor's strengths and makes subtle, small improvements. Unless you're dead-set on shooting video with a DSLR, the HF G20 will fit the bill for anyone demanding high quality imaging coupled with a comprehensive array of manual controls.
Still, in some ways, it's easy to feel that Canon showed up a day late and a dollar short with the lack of 60p recording.
Perfect camera for the purpose
I'm a musician and use the camera do to register videos (using 3 cameras) do advertise my work on youtube and it works perfect for that. It works very well in low light situations like concert halls or jazz clubs and you can have some manual controls if you are operating and want a particular effect. But if I'm doing a more "cinematic" production and can be operating the manual focus I rather use a DSLR (I have a 7D) because of the option of better lens (almost the double of price).
Best wearable camcorder ever
The Sony Action Cam may not have everything we want from a wearable camcorder, but this is an excellent first step for Sony nonetheless. The Action Cam HDR-AS15 was built on some great ideasâ?? the WiFi functions work well, the slow motion options are easy to use and churn out decent videos, and the on-board menu system makes sense.
Like most adventure cams, performance from the HDR-AS15 had its flaws.
Initial impressions a good start for Sony - Sony HDR-AS15
It is a good start by Sony for their first entry into this market. Despite the limitations above, I expect many of them to be addressed through third party added accessories that solve the microphone input limitation mentioned here. Most videographers using footage created by these cameras don't use onboard audio anyway.
Compact and light, High-quality 16-megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor
If you are new to action cameras, the Sony Action Cam is a great place to start, and Sony is certainly a brand that nearly everyone knows and trusts. The Action Cam is an excellent first-up effort from Sony, but this should be no surprise as has a long and distinguished history in making top notch still and video cameras. The new GoPro Hero3, however, is the camera to beat in the segment now, but it does come with a price premium.
The bottom line is that while this camera has a great app, is super small, and takes very nice video, itâ??s just not that easy to use. While I like it a lot, generally speaking, it seems better-suited for activities where it can be mounted externally and controlled with the app, rather than worn on the body.
Great features that really work well
I love it when technology comes together. I have a video project coming up and initially purchased a JVC PX 100B. No matter what I tweaked, I couldn't get decent video quality from it. Let me just say that everything I found to be a weakness with the JVC PX 100B is a strength with the Canon Vixia Hf G30. The $699.00 price difference is well worth it.
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.
Lots of manual controls for a budget camcorder.
The Panasonic HC-V500M is a good entry-level camcorder, and it has plenty of updates over the previous HDC-TM40. But Panasonic failed to improve the V500M's low light capabilities, which ends up being the camcorder's biggest weakness. Still, if you're looking for a sub-$500 camcorder with a lot of controls and decent image quality, then you've come to the right place. The HC-V500M has more full-fledged manual settings than the competition from Canon, Sony, and JVC in this price range.
Great camcorder for the price,
I like this camera but there are some downfalls. I purchase the camera or 1080 p Recordings but only redners in 720. The camera has no manual focus for soft focus affects so there is no depth to the video quality. The camera has great day quality footage but but becomes pixelated at night. this is a great camera but nothing Iof high quality. Great for the average consumer.
Sophisticated optical image stabilisation
The HC-V500 is another camcorder from Panasonic that doesn't quite hit the price mark for a true budget model. If you're really tight on cash, we would still recommend a more keenly priced alternative such as JVC's HD Everio GZ-E205. But if you have a little more to spend, the HC-V500 has a more generous array of configuration options and superior image stabilisation, making it worth the extra money.
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.
Head-mounted design and simple four-button interface
The adventure cam market (often called "POV" by industry insiders) is packed with quality options, and dominated by the GoPro goliath. To break into this space you really need to innovate, not only in functionality but in the user experience as well. Despite its few image quality and handling shortcomings, the A100 seems poised to meet these demands.
Definitely a cam for action
Works like a charm for I-phone or I-pad, but if you have a Samsung Galaxy smartphone , it is a no-go. It will NOT link with my galaxy3 at all, so beware if that's your only phone. Hopefully that bug will get fixed sometime.
Very uncomfortable head wear mount for me. I will be making a mount of my own to suit my needs. The performance of the cam is otherwise flawless. A great on-the-go camera that lets you forget it is along for the ride.
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