7 Best Hd Camcorders Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

Buying a camcorder can be complicated. Models vary not only in size and capabilities but also in price. You can spend $150 or more than $1,600. Our camcorder guide organizes the process of buying one into clear steps that will help you make the right decision.

Top 7 Hd Camcorders

SaleBestseller No. 1
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V180K, 50X Optical Zoom, 1/5.8-Inch BSI Sensor, Touch Enabled 2.7-Inch LCD Display (Black)
142 Reviews
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V180K, 50X Optical Zoom, 1/5.8-Inch BSI Sensor, Touch Enabled 2.7-Inch LCD Display (Black)
  • 50X and 90X Optical Zoom: Long 50X zoom and 90X intelligent zoom draws in the scene from...
  • Wide-angle Lens: A 28mm wide-angle lens is convenient for capturing group images in small...
SaleBestseller No. 2
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V770, 20X Optical Zoom, 1/2.3-Inch BSI Sensor, HDR Capture, Wi-Fi Smartphone Twin Video Capture (Black, USA)
212 Reviews
Panasonic Full HD Camcorder HC-V770, 20X Optical Zoom, 1/2.3-Inch BSI Sensor, HDR Capture, Wi-Fi Smartphone Twin Video Capture (Black, USA)
  • 20X Optical Zoom: Long 20X zoom draws in the scene from far away; Compatible with Remote...
  • HDR Movie Feature: Exclusive high-dynamic range feature suppresses blown highlights and...
Bestseller No. 3
Video Camera Camcorder SOSUN HD 1080P 24.0MP 3.0 Inch LCD 270 Degrees Rotatable Screen 16X Digital Zoom Camera Recorder and 2 Batteries(301S-Plus), 301AM
488 Reviews
Video Camera Camcorder SOSUN HD 1080P 24.0MP 3.0 Inch LCD 270 Degrees Rotatable Screen 16X Digital Zoom Camera Recorder and 2 Batteries(301S-Plus), 301AM
  • Video camera:The camera can support 24M resolution ratio of image and 1080p resolution...
  • Camcorder Camera: The camcorder has multi-function,it supports Face Detect,Smile Capture,...
SaleBestseller No. 4
Sony HDR-CX405/B Handycam HD Camcorder w/ 32GB Deluxe Accessory Kit
485 Reviews
Sony HDR-CX405/B Handycam HD Camcorder w/ 32GB Deluxe Accessory Kit
  • 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS Lens
  • 50Mbps XAVC S(TM)1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
Bestseller No. 5
GordVE 2.7 Inch HD 1080P Camera Camcorder, 24.0MP Video Camera with 270 Degrees Rotatable Screen, 16X Digital Zoom Camera Recorder
84 Reviews
GordVE 2.7 Inch HD 1080P Camera Camcorder, 24.0MP Video Camera with 270 Degrees Rotatable Screen, 16X Digital Zoom Camera Recorder
  • 【HD 1080P Video Camera】- The camera can support 24M resolution ratio of image and...
  • 【Camera Camcorder】- The camcorder has multi-function,it supports Face Detect,Smile...
Bestseller No. 6
Video Camera Camcorder Digital YouTube Vlogging Camera Recorder kicteck Full HD 1080P 15FPS 24MP 3.0 Inch 270 Degree Rotation LCD 16X Digital Zoom Camcorder with 2 Batteries(604s)
198 Reviews
Video Camera Camcorder Digital YouTube Vlogging Camera Recorder kicteck Full HD 1080P 15FPS 24MP 3.0 Inch 270 Degree Rotation LCD 16X Digital Zoom Camcorder with 2 Batteries(604s)
  • 【Multifunctional Camcorder】This video camera max supports 1080P(15FPS) AVI Video...
  • 【Webcam Video Camera】The digital camera has a Webcam function. When you want to video...
SaleBestseller No. 7
Video Camera 4K Camcorder AiTechny Ultra HD Digital WiFi Camera 48MP 16X Digital Zoom Recorder IR Night Vision 3.0' IPS Touch Screen with Microphone, Wide Angle Lens, LED Video Light, 2 Batteries
314 Reviews
Video Camera 4K Camcorder AiTechny Ultra HD Digital WiFi Camera 48MP 16X Digital Zoom Recorder IR Night Vision 3.0" IPS Touch Screen with Microphone, Wide Angle Lens, LED Video Light, 2 Batteries
  • 4K Ultra HD Video Camera: With 4K 2880x2160 (24FPS) video resolution, AiTechny camcorder...
  • Video Camera with 34110 CMOS Sensor: The camera adopts for 13MP sensor, and the maximum...

Types of Camcorders

First, decide on the type of high-definition camcorder you want to buy. If you want better quality and more options, consider a full-sized model. If you need a smaller, more portable model, get an action cam, which is about half the size of regular pocket camcorders. Keep in mind, however, that today’s full-sized camcorders are smaller and more lightweight than previous models. They fit easily in your hand and weigh as little as a half-pound yet still include at least a 10x optical zoom lens and other powerful possible features: Ultra High Definition, or 4K, resolution; 3D capability; GPS for geotagging; and built-in, or pico, projectors.

Full-Sized Camcorders

Unlike analog camcorders of the past, digital models allow you to do a lot more with video than just play it back on a TV. You can edit and embellish with music using a computer, then play your productions on a computer, or on a DVD or Blu-ray player. You can also email recordings or upload video clips to sites such as YouTube.

Many video-editing software suites also let you combine video with digital stills, graphics, and text. Most full-sized camcorders have at least a 10x optical zoom, although some have more (as much as 50x). At maximum zoom, most full-sized camcorders will produce jittery video because of a handshake or other factors. To compensate, most have an image stabilizer.

Action Cams

If you want a camcorder that’s more compact than a full-sized model, you should consider an action cam, like one of GoPro’s Hero line of camcorders. Such models are very small and lightweight, and they often have rugged bodies.

Shopping Tips

Consider the type, size, weight, controls, and features: In the store, try different camcorders to make sure they fit your hand and are comfortable to use. Most are designed so that the most frequently used controls—the switch to zoom in and out, the record button, and the button for still photos—are readily at hand. Make sure that the controls are convenient and that you can change recording media and remove the battery without any trouble. More models are also including WiFi features. So check for this if it’s important to you.

Check the LCD. Most measure about 3 inches on the diagonal, but some are larger. However, few action cams have any type of display. Some displays on full-sized models suffer from too much glare, making them difficult to use outdoors in the bright sun. Check the display in the store to make sure you’re satisfied with the usability of any model you’re considering. But note that most LCDs look fine indoors. In full, midday sunlight, viewing performance will vary greatly from model to model.

Think about lighting. You won’t always be shooting in bright light. Using the default mode, we found that models varied in quality when shooting in dim light. Most full-sized HD camcorders captured at least good-quality video in low light, but some had excellent quality. Note that many camcorders have settings that can improve performance but can be a challenge to use.

Consider audio quality. We look at how accurately the built-in microphone records and whether the sound file is free from noise or hiss. Action cams often lack decent audio quality. A few advanced models include a jack for using an external microphone, which can improve sound quality.

Decide which recording format suits you best. The recording format you choose determines not only how much you’ll be spending for memory media (most often, a memory card) but also how much recording time you’ll get. Most models offer a few recording formats and several resolution options. But there’s generally a trade-off: Better-quality formats and higher resolution settings give you shorter recording times.

How Camcorders Store Video

Flash memory is the standard storage format. Most camcorders store video on memory cards, such as Secure Digital (SD, SDHC, SDXC), micro Secure Digital (microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC), Memory Stick, and Memory Stick Micro memory cards. The amount of video you can record on a camcorder at the highest quality depends on the card’s capacity, which can range from 4GB to 128GB or more.

Resolution and What’s Available

Almost all newer camcorders capture high-definition video, even low-end budget models (at either 1280×720 pixels or 1920×1080 pixels at various frame rates). Such footage will look best when viewed on an HDTV. There have also been fewer full-sized HD-models introduced because an increasing number of devices (SLRs, smartphones, tablets) also capture HD video.

However, 4K video camcorders are appearing in the market. The major distinction between a 4K camcorder and an HD camcorder is the resolution they capture:

• 4K camcorder resolution: 3840×2160 pixels
• HD camcorder resolution: 1920×1080 pixels or 1280×720 pixels
• Standard-definition camcorder resolution: 720×480 pixels

Almost all HD models can record video in 1080i, the same resolution as much HDTV programming. Some can even shoot in 1080p—the same format used on Blu-ray discs. Only a few models record in 720p, an alternative HD broadcast format.

 

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