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HD camcorders

Ever wanted to create your own movies? HD camcorders fit in your hand and cost less than a laptop – yet allow you to shoot high definition, near-professional quality footage.

HD camcorders comparison chart for 2014

Rank 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Canon VIXIA HF R300
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG20
Sony Handycam HDR-XR150
JVC GZ-MG750
Panasonic HDC-SD80K HD
Samsung HMX H300
Excellent
Five stars means excellent
Very good
Four stars means very good
Good
Three stars means good
Average
Two stars means average /
Poor
One star means poor
Canon VIXIA HF G10 has been awarded best buy Product image of canon vixia hf g10 Product image of panasonic x900mk Product image of sony hdr-cx730e Product image of jvc gz-hd520 Product image of canon vixia hf r300 Product image of sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 Product image of sony handycam hdr-xr150 Product image of jvc gz-mg750 Product image of panasonic hdc-sd80k hd Product image of samsung hmx h300
 
 
 
Ratings
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Overall
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  overall panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  overall sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of five  overall jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of four  overall canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  overall sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of four  overall sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of four  overall jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of four  overall panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of four  overall samsung hmx h300 has a rating of three  overall
Video quality
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  video quality panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  video quality sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of five  video quality jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of five  video quality canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  video quality sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of four  video quality sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of four  video quality jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of four  video quality panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of three  video quality samsung hmx h300 has a rating of three  video quality
Sound quality
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  sound quality panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  sound quality sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of five  sound quality jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of five  sound quality canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  sound quality sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of four  sound quality sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of four  sound quality jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of four  sound quality panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of four  sound quality samsung hmx h300 has a rating of three  sound quality
Features
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  features panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  features sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of five  features jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of four  features canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  features sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of five  features sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of five  features jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of three  features panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of four  features samsung hmx h300 has a rating of four  features
Help & support
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  help & support panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  help & support sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of four  help & support jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of four  help & support canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  help & support sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of four  help & support sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of four  help & support jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of four  help & support panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of four  help & support samsung hmx h300 has a rating of three  help & support
Ease of use
canon vixia hf g10 has a rating of five  ease of use panasonic x900mk  has a rating of five  ease of use sony hdr-cx730e has a rating of five  ease of use jvc gz-hd520 has a rating of five  ease of use canon vixia hf r300 has a rating of four  ease of use sanyo xacti vpc-cg20 has a rating of four  ease of use sony handycam hdr-xr150 has a rating of four  ease of use jvc gz-mg750 has a rating of four  ease of use panasonic hdc-sd80k hd has a rating of three  ease of use samsung hmx h300 has a rating of three  ease of use
Specification
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Resolution (megapixels)
8.59 9.15 6.14 1.5 3.28 10.0 1.57 2.96 1.50 1.75
Size (inches)
3.0 x 3.1 x 5.9 2.64 x 2.83 x 5.90 2.65 x 2.89 x 5.41 2.09 x 2.48 x 4.53 2.1 x 2.2. x 4.5 1.5 in x 3.4 in x 4.3 in 2.2 in x 2.6 in x 4.5 in 2.1/8 x 2.1/2 x 4.3/8 2.02 x 2.32 x 4.29 2 x 2.2 x .7
Optical zoom
10x 12x 10x 40x 32x 5 x 25 x 39x 34x 30 x
Digital zoom
200x 1200x 120x 200x 1020x 12x 300 x 800x 90x / 2000x 300 x
LCD Display (inches)
3.5 3.5 3 2.7 3.0 2.7 2.7 2.7 2.7 3
Weight (ounces)
19.2 oz 14.99 oz 19.22 oz 10.75 oz 8.8 oz 5.5 oz 10.6 oz 8.8 oz 0.42lb 9.5 oz
Connectivity
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HDMI
canon vixia hf g10  hdmi panasonic x900mk   hdmi sony hdr-cx730e  hdmi jvc gz-hd520  hdmi canon vixia hf r300  hdmi sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  hdmi sony handycam hdr-xr150  hdmi jvc gz-mg750  hdmi panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  hdmi samsung hmx h300  hdmi
USB
canon vixia hf g10  usb panasonic x900mk   usb sony hdr-cx730e  usb jvc gz-hd520  usb canon vixia hf r300  usb sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  usb sony handycam hdr-xr150  usb jvc gz-mg750  usb panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  usb samsung hmx h300  usb
Features
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Widescreen format
canon vixia hf g10  widescreen format panasonic x900mk   widescreen format sony hdr-cx730e  widescreen format jvc gz-hd520  widescreen format canon vixia hf r300  widescreen format sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  widescreen format sony handycam hdr-xr150  widescreen format jvc gz-mg750  widescreen format panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  widescreen format samsung hmx h300  widescreen format
Touchscreen
canon vixia hf g10  touchscreen panasonic x900mk   touchscreen sony hdr-cx730e  touchscreen jvc gz-hd520  touchscreen canon vixia hf r300  touchscreen sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  touchscreen sony handycam hdr-xr150  touchscreen jvc gz-mg750  touchscreen panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  touchscreen samsung hmx h300  touchscreen
Viewfinder
canon vixia hf g10  viewfinder panasonic x900mk   viewfinder sony hdr-cx730e  viewfinder jvc gz-hd520  viewfinder canon vixia hf r300  viewfinder sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  viewfinder sony handycam hdr-xr150  viewfinder jvc gz-mg750  viewfinder panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  viewfinder samsung hmx h300  viewfinder
Headphone socket
canon vixia hf g10  headphone socket panasonic x900mk   headphone socket sony hdr-cx730e  headphone socket jvc gz-hd520  headphone socket canon vixia hf r300  headphone socket sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  headphone socket sony handycam hdr-xr150  headphone socket jvc gz-mg750  headphone socket panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  headphone socket samsung hmx h300  headphone socket
External microphone
canon vixia hf g10  external microphone panasonic x900mk   external microphone sony hdr-cx730e  external microphone jvc gz-hd520  external microphone canon vixia hf r300  external microphone sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  external microphone sony handycam hdr-xr150  external microphone jvc gz-mg750  external microphone panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  external microphone samsung hmx h300  external microphone
Image stabilizer
canon vixia hf g10  image stabilizer panasonic x900mk   image stabilizer sony hdr-cx730e  image stabilizer jvc gz-hd520  image stabilizer canon vixia hf r300  image stabilizer sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  image stabilizer sony handycam hdr-xr150  image stabilizer jvc gz-mg750  image stabilizer panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  image stabilizer samsung hmx h300  image stabilizer
Memory
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Flash memory
Internal flash drive (32GB) 32GB 120GB HDD 32GB 30 MB Flash Memory 120 GB 32GB 32GB 96GB
Memory cards
SD SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/Memory Stick PRO Duo Single microSDHC Card SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card SD Memory Card , SDHC Memory Card , SDXC Memory Card SD Memory Card SD / SDHC SD/SDHC / SDXC SD Memory Card
Battery
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Battery life
1 hour 2 hours 2.91 hours 2.5 hours 2.5 hours 1 hour 4.5 hours 109 hours 180 minutes
Supplied battery
Lithium Ion Battery Lithium-Ion 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery 1 x Sanyo DB-L80 Li-ion rechargeable battery - 700 mAh Lithium ion 1 x Li-ion rechargeable battery Lithium-Ion 1 x Samsung BP210R Li-ion rechargeable battery
Battery charger
canon vixia hf g10  battery charger panasonic x900mk   battery charger sony hdr-cx730e  battery charger jvc gz-hd520  battery charger canon vixia hf r300  battery charger sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  battery charger sony handycam hdr-xr150  battery charger jvc gz-mg750  battery charger panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  battery charger samsung hmx h300  battery charger
Warranty
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Period
1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 90 days 1 year 3 years 1 year
Help & support
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Telephone support
canon vixia hf g10  telephone support panasonic x900mk   telephone support sony hdr-cx730e  telephone support jvc gz-hd520  telephone support canon vixia hf r300  telephone support sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  telephone support sony handycam hdr-xr150  telephone support jvc gz-mg750  telephone support panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  telephone support samsung hmx h300  telephone support
Email support
canon vixia hf g10  email support panasonic x900mk   email support sony hdr-cx730e  email support jvc gz-hd520  email support canon vixia hf r300  email support sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  email support sony handycam hdr-xr150  email support jvc gz-mg750  email support panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  email support samsung hmx h300  email support
User manual
canon vixia hf g10  user manual panasonic x900mk   user manual sony hdr-cx730e  user manual jvc gz-hd520  user manual canon vixia hf r300  user manual sanyo xacti vpc-cg20  user manual sony handycam hdr-xr150  user manual jvc gz-mg750  user manual panasonic hdc-sd80k hd  user manual samsung hmx h300  user manual

HD camcorders explained

You can record anything with an HD camcorder. They’re useful for home videos, taking video clips to post to YouTube, interviewing people at work, or even creating longer films to burn to DVD.

Most HD camcorders store the video they shoot onto a memory card. Because video takes up a lot of space, you usually need high-capacity cards that can have data written to them very quickly. Check the battery life too – you might need an extra battery or two to avoid the camera running flat at crucial moments.

Despite their small size, HD camcorders pack in an impressive number of features. For a start, you should get a decent optical zoom. HD camcorders often have a ‘digital zoom’ too. These crop your video to create a zoom effect, but lead to a loss of quality. Either way, if you’re zoomed right in, every shake of the camera will be magnified, so look for image stabilizing functions too.

You should also be able to choose from different resolutions (filing at a lower resolution uses less space, but looks worse when played back) and experiment with a whole range of options for filming different scenes in different lighting conditions.

Make sure it’s easy to use

With so many features to control, the buttons on HD camcorders can be fiddly. Look for a camcorder that fits your hand comfortably, allowing you to operate it without pressing the wrong button.

All camcorders have a small screen built in so you can see what you’re filming and replay it. A viewfinder can be useful to help you accurately frame shots too, but these aren’t available on all camcorders.

HD camcorders really do bring high definition video within your reach. They’re easy to use (just switch on and press record), so you’ll soon be creating your own masterpieces or recording memories to treasure forever.



Rank
Canon VIXIA HF G10
Panasonic X900MK
Sony HDR-CX730E
JVC GZ-HD520
Canon VIXIA HF R300
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG20
Sony Handycam HDR-XR150
JVC GZ-MG750
Panasonic HDC-SD80K HD
Samsung HMX H300