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.
Good hand grip with 78x enhanced optical zoom.
The SDR-H101 is a fair camcorder, but it's not a great one. Our largest gripe with it is really a pricing one. As we tested this concurrently with the SD80, we were able to compare shot quality quite closely. While the SD80 does cost more, the price difference isn't that immense between the two models at RRP, and yet the overall video capture quality is.
Good image quality
The Panasonic SDR-H101 has several good features such as a huge 80 GB hard drive to store up to 74 hours or video recording. With good colour and detail level, the image quality is on par with recent SD camcorders. If that is not enough, you can also use the SD HC slot to add storage. Thanks to the really functional image stabilisation, you can actually shoot at the full 70x optical zoom without a tripod, provided that you have a steady hand.
Very easy to work out the controls
The Bell + Howell DNV900HD is a pocket-sized, high-definition digital video camcorder designed to capture full 1080p HD video at 30fps and with H.264 compression. It features a 5MP CMOS sensor that supports 16MP still images, a 3" touchscreen display that can be swiveled for convenience, and an infrared functionality for taking stills or recording videos in low-light conditions.
First-rate video quality and performance
Though their geotagging capabilities are mostly novelty and their interfaces could use a complete overhaul, the top-notch video quality, performance, and consumer-friendly feature sets of the Sony Handycam HDR-XR500V and HDR-XR520V make them worthy camcorder options. Both are overpriced, but since 14 hours of recording time is plenty--especially if supplemented with flash media--the HDR-XR500V is the better deal of the two.
Full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control
The top models from Canon, Panasonic and Sony are all masterful products. Canon's LEGRIA HF S10 is currently too expensive, but the Panasonic HDC-HS300 and Sony HDR-X520 are similarly priced and much harder to distinguish. The Panasonic's full-sized accessory shoe, lens ring and greater manual control give it the edge for features, but the Sony just shades image quality in low light and includes masses more storage.
The XR520 combines serious performance with smart features to deliver exceptional picture quality. Its pairing of the advanced Sony G Lens and sensitive Exmor R CMOS sensor brings a new level of creative possibility to your filming. A massive built–in 240GB hard disk drive sets you free to record up to 101 hours of full HD1080 footage, while auto functions like Optical SteadyShot Active Mode and Face Detection help make sure the results look great every time. The same goes for stills.
nicest looking picture
At the end of our journey with the Sony HDR-XR520V, we were conflicted, as if we had just watched Terms of Endearment and couldn't discern between joy and sorrow anymore. The HDR-XR520V is one of those camcorders that nails a few key features home and then phones in the rest from a booth down the street. No other HD camcorder could match its low light performance, and that's a huge part of the HDR-XR520V's success.
this camcorder is unbelievably small, and easily fits in the palm of your hand.
Digital Trends readers know full well that when it comes to true high-def video, we believe nothing beats a “real” camcorder, not one of those funky small models (that means you Sanyo and Flip Video – or should we say Cisco). Although DSLRs like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, just announced EOS Rebel T1i and Nikon D90 can record HD, they are more cumbersome, and have auto focusing issues that are problematic. Don’t get us wrong: every technology has its place.
Large sensor and high data rate result in great image quality
Despite a few missteps, the Vixia HG21 is one of the better consumer HD camcorders that I've seen. The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there. If Canon could include the more advanced manual controls from past camcorders, the Vixia HG21 would be a home run.
great video image quality
Despite a few missteps, the Vixia HG21 is one of the better consumer HD camcorders that Iâ??ve seen. The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there. If Canon could include the more advanced manual controls from past camcorders, the Vixia HG21 would be a home run.
great video and image quality
Despite a few missteps, the Vixia HG21 is one of the better consumer HD camcorders that we've seen. The overall video image quality is very high, and the features and usability are there. If Canon could include the more advanced manual controls from past camcorders, the Canon Vixia HG21 would be an absolute winner.
Fast, accurate focusing
The Canon Vixia HG21 is an excellent camcorder that delivers superior video quality and decent stills. I can easily recommend it and you really canâ?? t go wrong with this home video maker. Itâ?? s comparable to the Sony HDR-SR12 reviewed earlier and another Editorâ?? s Choice. Since both are $1,299 USD list, a lot boil to personal ergonomics and how important stills are to you (the Sony is better). That said the HG21 records excellent video in almost lighting conditions.
sly, sexy camcorder
Canon has come dressed to impress with the 120GB Canon HG21 hard disk camcorder. Image quality is exceptional, shooting features are bountiful and the menu system is intuitive and stylish. These goodies come at a price, however, as the HG21 sports some no-frills architecture and a poor battery life.
Mind-blowing video quality
The HG21 couldâ??ve had a better LCD, been lighter in weight so that you could be more agile, the face-detection could also be included but it isnâ??t and it is not light on fuel either. All are valid drawbacks, but should most certainly not stand in your way of getting one of these. It is reasonably priced and packs quite a lot of features that work outstandingly well. It is also very easy to use and shoots in HD quality, what more could you ask for.
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