Best HD Camcorders

Top 10 Rated HD Camcorders 2014

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We are surrounded by devices that are capable of taking video today. We always have our smart phones or our digital cameras with us. These things may be great alternative to taking video when an unexpected event comes up, but nothing will beat a device dedicated to taking high quality HD video. We have selected our 10 favorite camcorders based on the following criteria:

1. Video recording quality
2. Optical and digital zoom
3. Image stabilization and digital zoom compensation
4. Internal memory and memory card slots
5. Ease of uploading and sharing videos
6. Kind of LCD display (touch-screen or not)
7. Ability to capture stills in recording or playback
8. Value for what the camcorder offers

Sony HDR-PJ380  9.5/10

Full HD video recording (1080p)
30x optical zoom and 350x digital zoom
3-inch touch-screen LCD display
13 lumen built-in projector

The Handy Cam HDR-PJ380 is quite an impressive update on the mid level camcorder with projector model. Sony has included…read more


Full HD video recording (1080p)
38x optical zoom and 72x digital zoom
2.7-inch Wide LCD display

Panasonic’s stoud mid-level HD camcorder is impressive and won’t put a dent in your wallet. The HC-V201K is a loaded camera in a tiny package…read more


Built-in Wifi
Waterproof to 60 meters

The GoPro HERO3 HD is a waterproof HD camcorder in a class of its own, but worth mentioning here. This is the 3rd generation of the HERO cameras…read more


JVC GZ-EX210  8.5/10

Full HD video recording (1080p)
3-inch touch-screen LCD display
40x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom
Wi-Fi enabled

JVC has realized the Wi-Fi capabilities are the way of the future when it comes to camcorder functionality. Wi-Fi is the highlight …
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JVC GZ-E10BU  8/10

Full HD video recording (1080p)
2.7-inch LCD display
40x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom

This solid entry into the HD camcorder market by JVC is a great piece of equipment. Simple and lightweight, the GZ-E10BU does not disappoint…
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Sony HDR-AS15  8.5/10

Video recorder waterproof to 180 ft.
Shoots video in Full HD 1080p at 30fps
2MP stills
Includes a helmet mount
2 oz.

If you’re into extreme sports, you probably want to document your death-defying experiences in first person. This action camera from Sony might be just the right piece of equipment…read more


HD video recording (720p)
64x optical zoom and 100x digital zoom
2.7-inch LCD display

This new mid-range camcorder offering from Panasonic got quite the mixed reception. Overall, this is a fantastic camcorder. Great features like the 31.6mm wide angle lens …
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Samsung F90BN  8/10

HD video recording 720p resolution
52x optical zoom and 130x digital zoom
2.7-inch rotating LCD display

The F90 from Samsung is a great place to get started for someone looking to get their first camcorder, or someone looking to get one on the cheap side of things…read more


JVC GZ-HM30US  7.5/10

HD video recording (720p)
40x optical zoom and 200x digital zoom
2.7-inch LCD display

The low-end of JVC’s camcorder lineup still has a lot to offer anyone looking for their first camcorder. This model only uses flash memory, so you’ll need a SDXC card to start…
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Samsung HMX-Q10  7.5/10

Full HD video recording (1080p)
10x optical zoom and 20x digital zoom
2.7-inch touch-screen LCD display

The HMX-Q10 is an all around great camcorder option from Samsung. The body design will be the first thing noticed by many. It’s very small and compact…
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