Enhanced video performance
If you're looking to upgrade from your HD Hero2, the Hero3: Black Edition should give you plenty to be excited about. The enhanced video performance means your videos will be sharper, have more detail in low light, and moving subjects will look smoother than anything you shot with the Hero2. In addition to being both smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Hero3's built-in WiFi functions make it an easier camcorder to us, especially if you have a smartphone.
Huge range of movie quality settings
If you're into extreme sports and are looking for a camcorder/still image camera that you can strap to your person to capture the action with, irrespective of whether it's in the water or on dry land, then the GoPro Hero3 Black Edition is currently best option on the market.
The remote control, along with the GoPro smartphone/tablet app for Android and iOS, only adds to the overall versatility of the Black Edition, making it a fantastic piece of kit at a very reasonable price.
Will shoot at 4k resolution
After trying the GoPro for various activities, including mountain biking and ice skating, we could see why the GoPro name is almost synonymous with the action camera concept. We would like to see a helmet strap in the box as standard, but image quality is good in a variety of conditions, the design is reassuringly rugged, and the WiFi controls make operating a camcorder that may be attached to your clothing or a vehicle very friendly.
Delivers unparalleled resolution from a camera of its size
GoPro's Hero3 Black Edition is, put simply, the most capable action camera on the market today. It delivers unparalleled resolution from a camera of its size and does so without sacrificing frame rate or field of view. Despite its meager battery life and less-than-ergonomic shape, the Hero3 provides imaging performance superior to all of its competitors at a price that won't break the bank.
Quality results in variety of conditions
For what it does the HD Hero3 is a mini knockout, just like its predecessors were at the time of their respective releases. It's smaller, it's lighter, the optional touchscreen BacPac improves the user experience and the usual waterproof, rugged housing is an essential. All round it's just better.
Incredibly sharp video using 1080/60p mode and 3D recording with optional conversion lens.
Panasonic sure knows how to make a solid flagship camcorder with appeal to consumers and semi-pros alike, and, by all means, the new HC-X900M is exactly that-an excellent high-end camcorder. Unfortunately, the product still left us dissatisfied thanks to Panasonic's lack of updates and improvements over last year's HDC-TM900.
Thrilled so far
This camera is a member of the 1080p/60fps club. I expect that in a few years, that spec will be pretty standard as the high end moves to 4K video. Until then, the X900M provides the most detailed and smooth recording available in amateur camcorders. If you plan to shoot it in a lesser video mode, it's advantages over other models diminishes. I plan to do all of my shooting at 60p. It has 32GB on board memory plus a 64GB SD card I have installed. It is sized nicely for my large hands.
Excellent image quality with lens focus ring and comprehensive manual controls.
The last few generations of high-end camcorder from Panasonic have been hard to beat. The HDC-TM900 and HDC-TM700 offered powerful combinations of great image quality and comprehensive features. The HC-X900 continues that tradition, and just about edges our recommendation over Canon's excellent LEGRIA HF G10. The X900 is around £100 cheaper and offers a standard accessory shoe without the need for third-party adapters, plus a marginally easier control system.
Simple interface and menus
The Panasonic HC-X900M is a good example of how camera models today are being released far too quickly to make an impact. Looking at the other Panasonic models that are slightly older or lower down the chain, one might wonder why you would pay for the expensive top-of-the-range model, when there are high-quality, high-performing camcorders for a much cheaper price.
Effective image stabilization
Our conclusion for the HC-X900M is - you guess it - the same as what we said for the HDC-TM900: If you're an advanced user who crave for tons of controls at your fingertips, and the best 1080p video quality possible, the HC-X900M is hard to beat. The launch price of S$2,199 is also slightly cheaper than the launch price of its predecessor a year ago. If you already have a stash of high-capacity, high-speed SDXC cards, you may want to consider the HC-X900 instead.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful SD Camera
This camera is fantastic. it is full HD 1080i and yet remarkably small and lightweight. honestly this is the smallest camera I've ever seen yet has all of the capabilities I need including Full HD and basic features.
I am going to purchase a 32 GB memory card and the "Extended" battery to get 2+ hours of video time for charge and space in full HA 1080i.
I combined this with freemake and can make my own Bluerays of my home movies easily.
Capable optical image stabilisation
If you're on a tight budget, Panasonic's HC-V100 is a very tempting proposition, with a street price of around Â£170. Although the JVC GZ-E15's Â£150 price wins out for sheer cost-conscious value, the HC-V100 gives you a greater range of manual settings, which are easier to access, as well as digital photography and optical image stabilisation.
Cute little underwater digital video camera
The video is decent, though it does suffer when there is a lack of lighting. The microphone does pick up some sound while in the housing. If you make any sort of noise through your snorkel it'll pick it up, it'll pick up your breathing through the regulator and it'll pick up swishing noises from the water.
Affordable price point
The Toshiba Camileo BW10 is a rugged pocket camcorder designed to offer easily accessed, point-and-shoot high definition both in and out of water. Capturing video at 1080p, and stills at 5 megapixels, with an optional zoom of up to 10x, the rubberized outer coating allows for use in water as deep as 6.5 feet, and provides resistance against both general bad weather and dirt.
Doesn't do well in low light situations
Small, portable, and waterproof, the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is well suited for capturing moments from a summertime pool party. While quality isn't the greatest, it's effortless to use, and its anti-shake feature will appeal to users who want to capture fun moments.
If you are a budding film maker, or a serious photographer, then the BW10 won't satisfy you. It isn't loaded with options and although it produces decent video and still images, they aren't overly impressive.
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