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).
Fulfills every expectation, with a surprise extra
I had reviewed the features on several models and settled on this one because of the low-light performance, external microphone plug, audio monitor plug, the ability to grab a still photo while recording video, and long, stabilized, zoom range. I was vaguely aware that it had a wi-fi card built in, but had not thought about how that might be useful.
Excellent value for money
The JVC GZ-EX515BEK offers an impressive feature set at a surprisingly low price. Image quality is good, however it's the breadth of features that mark the GZ-EX515BEK out. It incorporates the latest version of JVC's Wi-Fi connectivity, a host of creative options, and even an accessory shoe and microphone input. The only missing features are independent shutter and iris control. Overall though, for less than £300 it's a capable and well-rounded camcorder.
Ships with a waterproof housing
If you're interested in camcorders, or even gadgets in general, it's almost impossible to ignore the GoPro HD Hero2. In our experience, the Hero2 is the best adventure-style camcorder we've worked with, and the model was easier to handle and control than its most direct competitor: the Contour+ camcorder.
The GoPro Hero2 wasn't a stellar performer in our video tests, but its Full HD video looked just as good as what we see from your average ultracompact camcorder.
Great customer service, nice quality
I've shot over a dozen time lapse indoors and out with the Hero2, both at max quality and lowest (wide angle.) The results were about the same. Decent, but not fantastic. Indoor shots with varying light conditions tend to "blow-out" - brights are white with no detail and darks are lacking detail. Outdoors is decent, in bright light. For short time lapse shots, you're better off with video and speeding it up in a video editor.
Superb picture quality
If you don't have the original HD Hero, this is certainly a little camera well worth considering. If you have the original, then this is probably enough of an upgrade to make it worth selling the old one and grabbing one of these. Picture quality has improved a decent amount, and the extra frame rate modes are very cool.
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.
Camera for Streaming HDMI Out
The VIXIA HF R400 will do this! It will also let you eliminate on-screen text for the external display. This is FANTASTIC. It is very frustrating how poorly documented these features are for cameras being sold. I ended-up figuring this out by taking the risk to buy it and test it myself.
On an aside, the video quality was excellent as well. The video looked great compared to other cameras in its class.
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.
Even easier to use with gloves on and good quality video.
The ContourGPS offers a subtly improved design that we think is definitely a step forward, and the inclusion of Bluetooth to enable the use of a smartphone as a viewfinder will be a huge coup when that releases. But the extra cost here -- $350 vs. $280 for the 1080p model -- is still something of a hard sell. If you disposable income reserves are solid and you're curious just what speeds you hit on the double-diamond, this is the camera for you.
offering superb video quality
The FaceVsion TouchCam N1 HD Webcam is a bit hefty, but it packs a lot of power into its 720p HD video capture. The Microsoft LifeCam HD-6000 shoots 720p HD widescreen video and includes in-depth features in its software. The compact Freetalk Everyman HD is good for casual Skype video chatting, but the microphone and autofocus are inconsistent and mediocre.
Kodak's new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor's shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature.
Although our first mini HD camcorder rodeo roundup crowned Cisco’s Flip UltraHD the reigning king of mini HD camcorders, six months can make a world of difference. Kodak’s new Zi8 bucks the leader by addressing many of its predecessor’s shortcomings, while systematically outdoing the competition on just about every feature. Combined with a reasonable $180 price tag, Kodak’s Zi8 now confidently struts it stuff as king of the ring.
image quality is surprisingly good considering that Kodak makes such terrible digital cameras.
The Kodak Zi8 is the best high-definition pocket camcorder money can buy. For now. By Michael Patrick Brady
The Kodak Zi8 is the best pocket camcorder I've seen so far. It hits all the bases and hits them well. While there's still a lot of room for improvement for image stabilization, Kodak has at least tried something, instead of just pretending like it's not a problem, with relatively reasonable results.
simplistic still image photo options
In my Kodak Zi8 review, I gave the unit a poor "star" rating ... but I need to clarify. My primary focus for models I review is on their digital still image photography capabilities first, and then on the other features of the digital cameras, such as video capabilities.
For the Zi8, Kodak has emphasized digital video features, including HD video capabilities. The Zi8's still image capabilities are simplistic, very limited, and well below average.
External mic jack
The Canon HF R11 may be an entry-level camcorder, but it has many features that are seldom found on camcorders of its class. For starters, it has an external mic jack, multiple frame rates (PF24 and PF3), and 32GB of internal flash memory. Of course, the HF R11 also has a price tag of $699, which puts it on the far end of the spectrum in terms of entry-level models.
A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and Dynamic IS works in combination with our sophisticated Canon HD image processing to deliver the sharp, vivid, lifelike video you want to see on your HDTV.
The VIXIA HF R11 has a 32GB internal flash drive, together with an SD memory card slot, Canonâ??s Relay Recording and Smart Auto. A Genuine Canon 20x HD Video Lens and Dynamic IS works in combination with our sophisticated Canon HD image processing to deliver the sharp, vivid, lifelike video you want to see on your HDTV.
Solid video quality
The Vixia HF-R11 is a decent mid-range HD camcorder. It's light and compact, with good video quality, even if its not delivering the pixel resolution it advertises. It has a rare-for-its-class 20x optical zoom lens, though the lack of optical image stabilization is a drawback, as is the lack of some manual controls typically found on models in this price range. The R10, with 8GB of internal memory is a better deal for the price.
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