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.
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.
When you first hear about it, the ability to convert 2D video to 3D with the JVC GZ-HM960 sounds kinda cool. When you really get into the feature, however, you'll see that it's more or a disappointment than anything else. All the camcorder does when you press the large, blue 3D button is it produces a fake 3D effect.
Great image quality
The Everio GZ-HM960BEK is a decidedly strange camcorder, although we've come to expect this kind of left-field approach from JVC. Its image quality is excellent, and it has a decent array of manual settings. The 2D/3D conversion also works better than you would expect. However, the inclusion of this technology and the glasses-free 3D display have pushed the price of this camcorder to equal or more than the top-end 2D-only models from JVC's main competitors.
Well designed touch-screen interface
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.
Decent low-light performance
The HDC-SD80 is not quite Panasonic's budget model, but it's close. The small 1/5.8in CMOS sensor still delivers decent colour performance, although detail is down on higher-end members of the range, such as the HDC-SD90. You still get Panasonic's characteristically good level of manual control, and the touch-screen LCD allows a range of touch-operated functions.
A good range of automatic features
Sitting price-wise, as it does, at the intersection of more fully featured prosumer models and the really cheap entry-level camcorder range, the SD80 offers a fair balance of quality and features that should enable amateur videographers to improve their shooting skills without overloading them with features that they won't use or grasp fully.
Generally decent performance
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V is a middling camcorder, and, while its built-in projector is a cool feature, we're not sure if it warrants the $950 price tag that comes with the model. The camcorder did well in most of our tests, and it really stood out in stabilization and motion, but its overall numbers weren't able to match what we saw from the competition.
Compatible with both Sony Memory Sticks and SD Cards
The Sony Handycam HDR-PJ30V is handheld digital camera released in early 2011 alongside the HDR-PJ10 and HDR-PJ50V. It upgrades from the former by incorporating double the flash memory (32GB), though it too offers plenty of expansion options such as SD/SDHC and Memory Stick Pro.
Good audio quality and has a built-in projector.
The stand-out features of the Hanycam HDR-PJ30VE are its Full HD video recording and inbuilt pico projector. As far as cameras with built-in projectors are concerned, this one is among the best, but it's a product that might only appeal to hardcore gadget collectors.
Touchscreen interface on the 2.7-inch LCD
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.
Healthy assortment of enthusiast features
Despite its slight low light shortcomings, the Canon Legria HF M31 is a tempting proposition. The new touchscreen interface is mostly well executed, it's compact, and comes with a healthy assortment of enthusiast features. Unfortunately, however, the problem with Canon's previous generation of mid-range camcorders remains it's a little too expensive.
It will not only suit casual users, but also more ambitious shooters, such as budding filmmakers on a budget.
The Canon Legria HF M31 is a pint-sized powerhouse of a camcorder packed with plenty of useful features. Whether you require a point-and-shoot camera or something a little more advanced, it should fit the bill.
An affordable price
The Sony HDR-CX110 camcorder performs pretty well given its size, with video quality ranging from good to excellent. However, filming in low light, it can prove inferior. The only big downside to its performance is its saving time for buffered video. It just takes too long to save video in buffered recording mode.
Pictures are sharp and clear consistently, hard to take a bad one
The Polaroid t1232 is a colourful and stylish compact digital camera that has a few unique features but is ideal for those looking for a standard camera they can use in any environment. The 12 megapixel camera has 3X optical zoom, 5X digital zoom and 32MB built-in storage.
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