Camcorders are compact video cameras that are not quite at the level of professional filmmakers (though some come close) but have lenses, zoom levels, and image sensors that your phone camera can’t cope with.
A proper camcorder is an outstanding investment whether you enjoy shooting home videos or even want to participate in some amateur filming or documentary-making.
With too many on the market, however, choosing a HD Camcorder that’s worth your money can be difficult. We’ve looked at the Best HD Camcorders to send you the latest update about what’s affordable. For your consideration, our revised shortlist features a number of new picks as well as a long-standing pick.
10 Best HD Camcorders
1. Canon VIXIA HF R800 Portable Video Camera Camcorder
5 used from $349.00
- A 3.0-inch capacitive touch panel LCD screen that is bright and clearly visible, even outdoors in the sun, with rich, natural color reproduction
- SuperRange Optical Image Stabilizer helps correct camera shake quickly, so even handheld video taken at long focal lengths can be sharp and steady
- The 57x advanced zoom allows you to create videos with dynamic variety, and is less likely to disrupt the action you're shooting
- High-resolution HD CMOS Image Sensor features extra sensitivity that delivers beautifully lifelike Full HD video with natural color, even in low light
- Turn your VIXIA camcorder into a high-quality webcam using its clean HDMI output
2. Sony HDRCX675/B Full HD 32GB Camcorder
$549.99 in stock
1 used from $549.99
- Full HD with XAVC-S, 9.2MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
- G Lens 26.8mm, 30x optical zoom, 60x Clear Image Zoom
- Minimum Focusing Distance:0.4 Inches. USB Charging- DC 5V 1500mA. USB Power Supply-Yes(Recording/Playback(supplied AC Adaptor AC-UUD12))/(Playback(not supplied AC Adaptor limiting 500mA))
- 3.0" LCD Touch panel, Wi-Fi/NFC, 32GB memory, Dual Video Format Recording
- Effective Pixels still Imageapprox- 2.29 Megapixels 16:9/approx. 1.71 Megapixels 4:3. Angle Adjustment-Opening Angle maximum 90 degree, Turning Angle max. 270 degree
3. Panasonic Full HD Video Camera Camcorder HC-V770
4 used from $448.49
- 20X Optical Zoom: Long 20X zoom draws in the scene from far away; Compatible with Remote Pan Tilt Cradle (optional); The focal length is 4.08 to 81.6 millimeter; The still image is 1/2 to 1/2000 and the standard illumination is 1400 lx
- HDR Movie Feature: Exclusive high dynamic range feature suppresses blown highlights and blocked shadows for crisper and clearer videos camcorder
- Wireless Twin Camera: Wirelessly connect your smartphone's video camera as a sub-camera for a picture in picture video effect
- 1/2.3 Inch BSI Sensor: The Back Side Illumination Sensor has a large effective area with 6.03M effective pixels, suppressing noise even when shooting in dimly lit conditions
- Remote Shooting/View: The "Panasonic Image App" lets you use a smartphone or tablet as a real time remote to control the camcorder from a distance; Wi Fi functions also enable real-time broadcasting or baby monitoring; IEEE 802.11b/g/n
4. Sony HDRCX455/B Full HD Camcorder
1 used from $499.99
- Full HD with XAVC-S, 9.2MP, Exmor R sensor, Optical steady shot
- ZEISS Lens (26.8mm), 30x optical zoom, 60x Clear Image Zoom
- 3.0" LCD (Touch panel), Wi-Fi/NFC, 8GB memory, Dual Video Format Recording
- Digital Zoom: 350
- Included Memory Card Size: 128
5. Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder
26 used from $144.43
- 50Mbps XAVC S1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs. 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action. 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS Lens
- Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode. Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
- Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still photos.For windows computers, details vary according to OS (Windows7/VISTA/XP)
- View on 2.7” Clear Photo Plus LCD display. Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible) , Focal Length (35mm) (Video) f=26.8 - 804.0 mm (16:9) Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image) f=26.8-804.0mm (16:9), f=32.8-984.0mm (4:3)
- This product does not have an external microphone input.
6. Panasonic HC-V380K Full HD Camcorder
- Super-sharp Full HD 1080p recording, 3 inch touch-enabled LCD
- Intelligent 90x zoom, with 5-axis Hybrid Optical Image Stabilization provides maximum handheld stability
- Wi-Fi and NFC enabled for quickly sharing con10t and controlling camcorder features remotely
- Wi-Fi mobile device Camera feature adds multi-camera scene picture-in-picture recording
- In-camera Creative Control and Intelligent Auto Plus modes enhance creative possibilities
7. Camcorder Video Camera YEEHAO WiFi HD 1080P
$90.10 in stock
3 used from $90.10
- Camcorder with External Microphone: External Microphone Adopts X-Y stereo pickup technology, clear and stable sound image localization.It “built-in a rechargeable battery”,the battery charging interface is Mini USB,use the usb cable to charge it.It also built-in “power output function” is equipped with a dedicated charging cable to “charge the camcorder”(push the switch to the top.)The external microphone has "Hot Shoe": It can be used to connect to other equipment,such as fill light.
- Camera with Wide Angle Lens＆Lens Hood: The camcorder comes with a professional 0.39X super 2-in-1 wide angle lens (with macro lens).The super wide angle lens can be widely used for big scenery, such as Buildings, Landscapes.The focal lens of the macro lens is only for close-up shooting of the micro object,such as flowers.The camcorder comes with a lens hood.It can block excess light and protect your camcorder lens from accidental damage.It improves the photos overall color and contrast.
- WiFi& IR Night Vision Camera Camcorder: By WiFi connection,the camera can connect to the the smartphone.The smartphone APP can be used to control the camera,including browsing photo albums and downloading the files from camera to the Mobile phone or Tablet for sharing,as well as a remote control by the APP control.(Read the user manual to download the APP).Under IR Night Vision,the camera can shoot high definition image videos,work perfectly in the darkness,also shoot great in low light.
- Camcorder with Remote Control: The camcorder come with an infrared remote control(Not included the 2xAAA batteries ).Through the remote control buttons,take photoes and videos by yourself, control TV playback or pause the camcorder videos from the remote place(Within 10 meters).The camcorder support the pause function.Please press the camcorder “MENU” button to pause the videos while you are recording(Without starting a new file).The camcorder also support the record the videos while charging.
- HD Multifunction Camera Camcorder: 3.0 inch IPS touch screen,8 mega pixel CMOS image sensor,FHD1920x1080(30FPS),24MP image resolution,File format:(photo file:JPEG,video file:MOV),16X Digital zoom,TV output,Webcam,IR night vision,Remote controll,Wifi function,Pause function,Loop rcording,Motion detection,Time-lapse record,Slow Motion,Support SD memory card and MMC card (4GB to 128GB,not included sd card,please format the sd card before use the camcorder),Support standard tripod(not included).
8. Sony HDRCX900/B Video Camera
1 used from $1,299.99
- 1" Exmor R CMOS sensor with Direct Pixel Read Out
- 14MP resolution video and 20MP still image capture
- Versatile shooting with XAVC-S, AVCHD and MP4 codecs
9. Canon VIXIA HF G21 Full HD Camcorder
5 used from $744.90
- Genuine Canon 20x high Definition optical zoom Lens
- New, advanced HD CMOS Pro image sensor with improved Low-light performance
- Full HD 1920x1080 recording capabilities
- Outstanding image Reproduction
- Intelligent optical image stabilization system with powered and dynamic modes and auto on/off.Filter Diameter:58mm
10. Sony HD Video Recording HDRCX440 Handycam Camcorder
12 used from $188.95
- Refer the user manual below for troubleshooting
- 26.8mm ZEISS Lens w/30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom
- View on 2.7" Clear Photo Plus LCD display
- Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/Active mode. HDMI Terminal:Yes (HDMI micro)
- Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips