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).
Affordable Full HD video-capture solution
For a budget camcorder, we kept our expectations low, so we weren't overly surprised by the performance. What did surprise us was how mediocre it performed against our iPhone. Sure, you can enable optical zoom with image stabilization, but that's a plus only if it works well.
Color was inaccurate
The QF30 makes a decent enough first impression, but scratching the surface just shows how poorly thought-out the whole experience is. There's nothing to make this small Samsung camcorder a compelling choice, even for people who own other Samsung devices. It barely plays into the carefully cultivated ecosystem the Korean giant has been assembling over the past few years, unlike their terrific still cameras like the NX300.
Good image quality for the price
The HMX-QF30 is not a premium competitor, although Samsung has produced some models in this category in the past, such as the Samsung VP-HMX20 a few years back. But it does play to the company's current forte - good features and image quality for the money. At around £250, the HMX-QF30 surprises with its inclusion of Wi-Fi features, optical image stabilisation and a 1/4-inch sensor.
Lousy resistive touchscreen
It's tough to recommend the QF30. Even though it compares well with other devices in its class, its class of devices is no longer relevant or needed, especially to those that own a relatively new smartphone. Even with optical image stabilization, optical zoom, and Wi-Fi, it just doesn't offer enough to justify the price of a dedicated device.
If you really want a dedicated camcorder, you can likely get a ruggedized pocket device like the Kodak PlaySport on the cheap.
Good video camera for me
This video camera is perfect for me and my use for family and travel video recordings. I found the HD quality quite good, even in low light. I did not detect any graininess indoors and of course all outdoor videos were quite sharp and color true. I took video of some cranes walking around in the yard with the zoom and it was crystal clear, really beautiful. You could see the birds' eyes and feathers sharply.
The camcorder feels flimsy and the lens is prone to fringing.
They're cheap and capture video, but don't buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX190, CX200 or CX210 thinking that you're getting a great bargain on a real HD camcorder. If you're going to buy one, get the cheapest; nothing on any of these is really worth the extra bucks.
Very nice product for the price
I use this for outdoor sports (lacrosse) where zooming, panning and side to side sweeping is important. The small view finder is a bit hard to follow a player in the outdoor glare, however the picture quality is really good. The anti-shake is awesome, even when not using a tripod, the image quality is fantastic. The zoom is a bit touchy.
The easy-to-use Sony HDR-CX190 Handycam camcorder records stunning 1920 x 1080 Full HD video and 5.3MP pictures.Sony HDR-CX190 is stabilized 25x/30x extended digital zoom lens gets you closer to the action while a back-illuminated "Exmor R" CMOS sensor allows you to capture stunning imagery in low light conditions.Sony HDR-CX190 's Intelligent Auto mode analyzes your shot and then automatically selects the appropriate settings from nine distinct scene modes.
Low price with good image stabiliser and powerful zoom.
The main selling point of the Sony HDR-CX190 is the low price, but it has some optical advantages all the same (zoom and stabiliser). The image quality certainly isn't the best example of Full HD, but you'd be hard-pressed to find better for this price.
Clear Photo- 2.7 inch display
Sony HDR-CX190, with its High Definition Camcorder and Handycam has become a favorite of many customers who already purchased it as it offers many trusted features that meet their satisfaction. You can't go wrong with this hi-def camcorder.
A small HD digital video camera recorder with a projector... How cool is that? But is it worth it?
Overall, the camera does deliver when it comes to capturing HD video in well-lighted or outdoor environments. But how important is the project for you, that's probably going to be the biggest drive. While it works great from outdoor shots, if you are looking at it to capture your baby or child when asleep or in low-light, the camera may be too dark/grainy for your taste.
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.
Optical image stabilisation
The Panasonic SDR-S50 is a relatively commendable camcorder. At 250, there are a number of decent competitors which are cheaper, such as our current favourite at this level, JVC's GZ-MS120. But the SDR-S50 is sure to drop in price, and it has the edge over other models in its class on features. So if your budget can't stretch to HD, but you still want a well specified camcorder, this is definitely one to consider.
Its advanced OIS (optical image stabiliser), activated using a dedicated hardware button, makes a real difference zooming over this sort of distance.
If you want a good value camcorder that can also take the occasional photo on the fly, the Panasonic fits the bill. The Panasonic SDR-S50 lacks HD capture capabilities, but its low price tag, fantastic zoom, great build quality and the wider angle lens will be enough to convince many users.
Extraordinarily long 70x optical zoom
The Panasonic SDR-S50 has one standout feature: its 70x optical zoom, which experts say is valuable if you plan to shoot school plays from the back row or football games from the nosebleed seats. A CNET tester proves the point by shooting a video of the moon, which fills the SDR-S50's frame and shows the craters clearly.
Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can find, adjusting for the cost of memory for the SD40.
Unfortunately, in terms of video quality the camera's low price can accounted for.
The Panasonic HDC-TM41 is one of the only camcorders that have a zoom lens and manual controls while having a price as low as this (starting price is around $199). If video quality is vital to you then it's advised to seek out a more expensive model, however, if that's not a problem, then this camcorder might be for you.
Expandable memory storage
The Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 is a candybar style camcorder with a focus on portability with its slim, lightweight design. Aesthetically, the camcorder has more in common with camera phones than traditional camcorders, with the lens being at the top of the device and being held up horizontally while in-use.
Solid video quality
With so many "me too" pocket camcorders flooding the market, Sony's Bloggie MHS-PM5 stands out with decent HD video recording and a unique lens. This swivel lens makes the Bloggie a bit more complicated than a purely "point and shoot" model like the Flip, so users looking for that kind of simplicity may need to go elsewhere.
Build feels distinctly cheap and plasticky
Despite the high-end features, however, this is no premium product. The build feels distinctly cheap and plasticky - especially the pop-out USB connector, which has a tendency to collapse into the body of the camera if plugged in too vigorously. There's 27MB of storage built in; more must be added via SD card or Sony Memory Stick, and a 4GB Memory Stick Pro is supplied. You don't get an HDMI output, and the onboard software is basic.
Stylish, lightweight design
Sony has taken several steps forward since it debuted its first pocket camcorders last year, but it's also taken a step back. While $149 is a for a pocket cam with these specs, the Bloggie MHS-PM5's design is more difficult to use than its predecessor. Had Sony kept the record buttons in an easy-to-reach place (and thrown in HDMI output), it would have been a more worthy competitor to the easier-to-use, full HD Kodak Playsport ($149).
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.
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