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.
Great value in a highly portable package
This is a well designed unit, with small thoughtful touches such as rough grooving along one side for a better grip, and a built-in USB cable.
While there is nothing here that blew my socks off, it did meet my expectations for performance in a highly portable unit at this price point.
Great image and audio quality
The GoPro HD Hero is an absolutely massive step forward from the old model in terms of visual and audio fidelity. There's simply no comparing the footage you'll get from one of these to the footage from the originals and, since the design has stayed more or less the same, those upgrading will still be able to use all their old mounts.
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.
images produced are crystal clear
The Panasonic HDC-HS80 is a mid-cost camcorder. The 1MOS sensor of this camcorder is capable of capturing clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The HDC-HS80's 42x Intelligent Zoom uses Panasonic's Crystal Engine PRO, a high-resolution processor that helps to record clear videos, even in low-lighting.
Effective image stabilisation
The design of the HDC-HS80 camera is unappealing, as it lacks the modern sleekness of its competitors, and the video quality, while satisfactory, doesn't live up to other cameras within its range. The external LED light and image stabiliser are saving graces for this Panasonic device, although they can't make up for the sheer irritation of the camera's screen and menu features, which make the whole user experience rather unpleasant.
HDC-HS80 is a joy to hold for long periods of time.
If you are looking to upgrade your old camcorder, you won't find much better at this price range. The HDC-HS80 is small and has more features than you can shake a stick at. The lack of advanced manual controls may put some off, but for 90% of home movie recording the HDC-HS80 is fantastic.
Easy-to-use interface and menus
If you're keen on the idea of a projector, then this is the camcorder for you. But if you're not going to use this feature, then it would be better to look for another camcorder in a lower price range. Both the projector and the GPS features would make this unit ideal for travelling; however, if you're looking for a simple, good-quality point-and-shoot camcorder, it would a mistake to commit to this camcorder, given its price.
Comfortable design and grip
Canon's updates to the HF R32's sensor and processing system were minimal, so we don't expect to see a huge improvement in performance compared to last year's HF R21. What does impress us, however, are the simple design modifications Canon made to the HF R32 that make it a more compact and lighter model than its predecessor.
A true no-brainer camera!
The camera is smaller than I expected but then again we've been using our old Panasonic mini-DVD recorder which is quite a bit bigger. At first I thought it was too small...but after about 5 minutes I got used to the feel of the smaller unit AND truly appreciated the decrease in weight. Our old camera would get heavy in your hand after a while. The zoom moves quickly - I probably just need to practice with it more (again, used to my old one).
Though more expensive than its projector-less siblings, if you're one of those folks who like to share their holiday videos and school graduations with everyone (and if you have the bad habit of leaving all your videos in the camcorder) the built-in projector provides a nifty way to do so, and using it is easier than hooking up to strange TVs. But if you don't think you're going to use it that way, you're better off saving money and opting for the CX130, or spending it on a better camcorder.
Great battery life
While we do like the improvements Sony made to the CX160, the camcorder is not the best model in its class. The Canon HF R21 held a slight edge in terms of performance, although there were areas where the CX160 was the better model (battery life and image stabilization, for example). Since the CX160 ($499 MSRP) is on the upper end of the price range for an entry-level model, we also recommend looking at cheap mid-range HD camcorders like the Panasonic HDC-TM90 instead.
Can only store 6 hours of recorded video if the lowest quality mode is selected
Part of Sony's lineup of revamped HD Handycams, the HDR-CX160 is a model related to the HDR-CX130 but offering several improvements, including a back-lit "Exmor R" CMOS sensor and Wide Angle G lens, extensive zoom and built-in flash memory, and new automated features.
Excellent image quality and Exmor R CMOS sensor offers great low-light video recording.
Although not without its flaws, the Sony HDR-CX160 High-Definition Handycam camcorder is still a great device. It features excellent recording quality, the included software does its job remarkably well and you will get this device for a rather low price. The integrated USB cable is a nice addition, but it would have been nice to see it longer than those roughly 2-inches that it measures.
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