Camcorders Archives - 10Rate https://10rate.com Expert Product Reviews and Ratings | Best Top 10 Rated Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:13:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.2.6 Sony HDR-AS15 https://10rate.com/sony-hdr-as15-review/ https://10rate.com/sony-hdr-as15-review/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 15:23:03 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15589
Mountable Waterproof Camcorder  8.5/10

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Sony HDR-AS15 Waterproof Camcorder
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. This is a very small and very tough camera that is meant to be beaten up as you explore your favorite extreme sports. It’s shockproof and comes with a waterproof housing so you don’t have to worry about bumping it or getting it wet. The camcorder is ideal for hands-free shooting since it is mountable with adhesive strips that are connected to the waterproof case. This will be the best way to go whether you’re motorcycling, sky diving, white water rafting, or mountain climbing. While the audio quality isn’t the best, the picture quality is nothing to scoff at. You’ll be glad to show your friends your unique POV videos from all your adventures. This camera can be found online for $269.

Quick Specs

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

Shockproof and waterproof to 60 meters — ideal for extreme sports

Fits atop a helmet with a mount for hands-free shooting

Great video quality

Waterproof housing has two backings: one watertight and one not for better audio quality

Wifi sharing with free PlayMemories Mobile app

Weaknesses

Difficult to read all the small text on the status display, especially when it’s mounted on a helmet

Audio quality is lacking

Still photo quality doesn’t stack up against competition

 

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4K Waterproof HD Camcorder  9.5/10

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GoPro HERO3 Black Edition Waterproof Camcorder
The GoPro HERO3 Black edition is a waterproof HD camcorder that differs slightly from the White and Silver versions. This is the 3rd generation of the HERO cameras, so you know that a lot of the bugs have been worked out and useful features have been packed in. The Black edition of the series is the king of them all. It sells for $200 more than the White and $100 more than the Silver. The extra money adds a lot of features making it a great value. This version gets another boost in megapixels for shooting stills. It goes from 11 megapixels to 12 with an impressive 30fps burst. This is handy for those looking to make larger prints of their adventures. Frames per second with video is really great too on this cameras. The numbers are: 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60fps, 720p 120fps. That alone is more than enough reason to drop the extra $100. There is built-in wifi for the remote or interaction with the free GoPro smartphone app. The wifi remote is included in this package as well. The GoPro HERO3 Black edition is perfect for a young one looking to record videos with their friends while they play outside or go on extreme adventures. It is available for the exellent price of $399.99.

Quick Specs

  • 1080p HD video recording at 60fps
  • More than 1080p video recording at 48fps
  • Built-in Wifi
  • 10 stills per second burst
  • Waterproof to 60 meters
Strengths

Underwater images and video are crystal clear down to the 197 feet safe zone

Tons of accessories and adapters are available

Easy to upload and share your videos with retractable USB plug on the camera or the wifi

Excels in the areas of simplicity and low price for the quality video this camera records

12 megapixel still are just the right size for blowing up and making prints

30 still frames per second burst feature makes sure the perfect moment is captured

Wifi remote is included in the package

Weaknesses

Lower frame rate recording in full HD (30fps vs 60fps in 720p recording)

4K is really cool, but it only records at 15fps

 

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GoPro HERO3 – Silver Edition https://10rate.com/gopro-hero3-silver-edition/ https://10rate.com/gopro-hero3-silver-edition/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 14:19:21 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15570
Waterproof HD Camcorder  8.5/10

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GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition Waterproof Camcorder
The GoPro HERO3 Silver edition is a waterproof HD camcorder that differs slightly from the White and Black versions. This is the 3rd generation of the HERO cameras, so you know that a lot of the bugs have been worked out and useful features have been packed in.The first thing is the price. It costs $100 more than the White and $100 less than the Black. What does that get you? The Silver version gets a substantial boost in megapixels for shooting stills. It goes from 5 megapixels to 11. This is handy for those looking to make larger prints of their adventures. The still frames per second comes in at 10 instead of 3 as well. Those are the biggest diffences. The video quality is top notch at 1080p, but the focal length and frames per second takes a hit for that. 720p video recording can be captured at 60fps and with a very wide lens. There is built-in wifi for the remote or interaction with the free GoPro smartphone app. The GoPro HERO3 Silver edition is perfect for a young one looking to record videos with their friends while they play outside or go on extreme adventures. It is available for $299.99.

Quick Specs

  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Built-in Wifi
  • 10 stills per second burst
  • Waterproof to 60 meters
Strengths

Underwater images and video are crystal clear down to the 197 feet safe zone

Tons of accessories and adapters are available

Easy to upload and share your videos with retractable USB plug on the camera or the wifi

Excels in the areas of simplicity and low price for the quality video this camera records

11 megapixel still are just the right size for blowing up and making prints

10 still frames per second burst feature makes sure the perfect moment is captured

Weaknesses

Lower frame rate recording in full HD (30fps vs 60fps in 720p recording)

 

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More Waterproof Camcorders https://10rate.com/best-waterproof-camcorders-reviews-page-2/ https://10rate.com/best-waterproof-camcorders-reviews-page-2/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:44:15 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15571
Kodak PlaySport Zx5  9/10

Digital camcorder waterproof up to 10 ft.
Available in black, aqua, and red
2-inch display
5 MP camera
4x digital zoom

The Kodak Zx5 pocket video camera is waterproof, shockproof, and dustproof, making it a highly durable little camcorder. You can take it with you underwater…
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GE DV1  8.5/10

Video camera waterproof up to 16.4 feet
Available in blue, orange, gray, red, and green
2.5-inch LCD screen
32 GB

As you’re shooting video, you can take a separate shot with the camera button and not disturb the video recording. That’s one of the several great features…
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Video camera waterproof up to 10 ft.
Available in black, blue, and purple
2-inch color display
Comes with wrist strap, AV and HDMI cables, rechargeable battery, user guide, and software for the PC

Kodak updated its PlaySport waterproof pocket video camera with the Zx5, but the Zx3 model is still an acceptable choice. It’s incredibly rugged, able to withstand drops…
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Video recorder waterproof to 180 ft.
Shoots video in 1080p, 960p, or 720p in 30 fps; 720p in 60 fps
5 MP camera
Rechargeable battery with 2.5-hour life

f you’re into extreme sports and want to document your death-defying experiences, then this GoPro Hero Naked video camera may be just what you need…
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SVP WP5300  8/10

Video camera waterproof up to 10 ft.
2.5-inch color LCD display
12 MP
8x digital zoom

SVP has produced a slim and durable digital video recorder with this WP5300 model. Waterproof up to 10 feet, it captures clear video and photos…
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Video recorder waterproof up to 16.4 ft.
Available in red and gray
5 MP camera
1x digital zoom
2.3-inch LCD display

A small but durable video recorder from Samsung, this waterproof model withstands not only water splashes and submersions but dust, dirt, and accidental drops…
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Video recorder waterproof up to 5 ft. and 30 min.
Available in blue and white
Records video in 640 x 480p resolution at 60 fps
8 MP digital camera

A fairly priced digital video recorder and camera from Sanyo, the Xacti camcorder takes videos and pictures of pretty good quality. You can record videos…
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Video recorder waterproof up to 10 ft.
Available in white and black
Built-in USB plug
Records HD video at 720p at 30 fps
2x digital zoom

As a lightweight, portable video recorder that you can take to the beach or water park, the Kodak PlayFull ZE2 doesn’t disappoint. Now you don’t have to worry…
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Waterproof digital camcorder
Available in blue, white, and yellow
6 MP camera
Shoots HD video in 640 x 480p at 30 fps

While the Sanyo E1 has been updated by the E2, this waterproof camcorder still functions well as a video recorder and 6 MP camera…
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Video recorder waterproof up to 10 ft.
Captures HD 1080p video and 5 MP camera stills
3-inch display
4x digital zoom
Built-in USB connector

For an inexpensive waterproof pocket camcorder, the JVC Piscio GC-WP10 makes recording and sharing 1080p HD video easy and fun…
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Samsung HMX-F90 https://10rate.com/samsung-hmx-f90-review/ https://10rate.com/samsung-hmx-f90-review/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 13:14:00 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15564
52x Optical Zoom Camcorder  8/10

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Samsung F90 HD Camcorder
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. It is a very affordable model that has an extremely powerful optical zoom that will please just about anyone looking to capture far away action. The camcorder does not record in full HD video. That makes it seem like a weak choice compared to other models, but the sensor captures an amazing picture at that resolution. Playback can be upscale to 1080i when viewed through the HDMI port to and HDTV. The zoom features on this camera are outstanding for the price point as well. 52x optical zoom with an impressive 130x digital zoom will get you as close as you want to any action you can find. The F90BN is available for $179.99 from online retailers.

Quick Specs

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

5 megapixel sensor produces great HD images

1080i HDMI upscaling with HDMI output

15 scene and auto shooting modes

Time lapse recording is a fun feature to experiment with

Affordable pricing

Weaknesses

No full HD video recording

5 seconds to fully zoom in may be to slow for some high speed action

 

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GoPro HERO3 – White Edition https://10rate.com/gopro-hero3-white-edition-review/ https://10rate.com/gopro-hero3-white-edition-review/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:37:58 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15554
Waterproof HD Camcorder  8.5/10

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Flip Mino HD
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, so you know that a lot of the bugs have been worked out and useful features have been packed in. This is mainly an action camcorder, but the fact that it is rugged means it can be taken anywhere with no worries about water or drops. The video quality is top notch at 1080p, but the focal length takes a hit for that. 720p video recording can be captured at 60fps and with a very wide lens. A lot of the bells and whistles are dropped on the White version compared to the Black version, but that keeps the price down. Some features include USB battery chargning, 5 megapixel stills at 3fps, and wifi for the remote or interaction with the free GoPro smartphone app. The GoPro HERO3 is perfect for a young one looking to record videos with their friends while they play outside. It is available for $199.99.

Quick Specs

  • 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
  • Built-in Wifi
  • Waterproof to 60 meters
Strengths

Underwater images and video are crystal clear down to the 197 feet safe zone

Tons of accessories and adapters are available

Easy to upload and share your videos with retractable USB plug on the camera or the wifi

Excels in the areas of simplicity and low price for the quality video this camera records

Weaknesses

Lower frame rate recording in full HD

Still are only 5 megapixels

 

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Panasonic HC-V201K https://10rate.com/panasonic-hc-v201k-review/ https://10rate.com/panasonic-hc-v201k-review/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:55:49 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15547
Full HD 38x Optical Zoom Camcorder  9/10

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Panasonic HC-V201K HD Camcorder
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 that is capable of competing with some of the big names out there. The 72x intelligent digital zoom and HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization technology will get you closer to the action than ever before and keep it stable. They make recording while zooming look smooth and clear. Sports events are going to see the biggest impact from these features. No more need to worry about missing moments at the beach or a baseball game. This camcorder has a 35mm film camera focal length equivalent of 32.3mm. That’s fairly wide and is very handy when shooting indoors. This camcorder from Panasonic is available online for around $250.

Quick Specs

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

Intelligent digital zoom and Power Optical Image Stabilization are useful features to get the most out of situations that need a good deal of zoom

Able to capture 10 megapixel still images from video during recording and playback

LED light for videos and flash for photos

135 minute continuous video recording

11 scene modes with intelligent auto to get the best exposure

HDMI(mini) port makes it easy to view on HDTVs

USB battery charge compatible

Weaknesses

Optical and digital zoom not as powerful as other cameras in this class

The optical sensor lack the megapixel power that some other camers in this price range feature at 2.2 MP

 

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Sony HDR-PJ380 https://10rate.com/sony-hdr-pj380-review/ https://10rate.com/sony-hdr-pj380-review/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 11:12:19 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15541
Full HD Camcorder with Projector  9.5/10

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Sony Handycam HDR-PJ380
The Handy Cam HDR-PJ380 is quite an impressive update on the mid level camcorder with projector model. Sony has included just about everything the family video recorder will need when it comes to features into this tiny package. Full HD recording with the professional-quality Sony G Lens lens is an outstanding feature on this camera. The lens has an aperture range of F 1.8-F 10 in an auto mode to make the most out of every lighting situation. On top of the great lens performance the back-illuminated 8.9 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor makes sure the best picture is delivered in low-light. Another plus is the Steady Shot image stabilization keeps images smooth when you zoom in on action or move with the camera. 16 GB of flash memory are on board as well, so there is no need for a memory card unless you plan on keep more than an hour and a half of footage on the camera. All of these great features combine to make a camcorder that you will have a very troubling time to find any faults with. It is available for $499.99 at most online outlets.

Quick Specs

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

Ability to capture 5.3 megapixel stills while recording video

Charge by USB cable is a great feature

The camera selects from 60 different auto shooting modes for the best picture

HDMI(mini) cable included for watching HD videos on a HDTV. HDMI mini also works as an input for the projector to watch video content from other sources

The projector (up to a 100-inch diagonal) is a great way for viewing footage when a TV is not available

Mic input for an external mic for better audio capture

Weaknesses

The resolution of the projector remains the same as past iterations at a low 640 x 360

 

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More HD Camcorders https://10rate.com/best-hd-camcorders-reviews-page-2/ https://10rate.com/best-hd-camcorders-reviews-page-2/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:47:49 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=15536
Handy Cam HDR-PJ200  9.5/10

Full HD video recording (1080p)
25x optical zoom and 300x digital zoom
2.7-inch touch-screen LCD display
Built-in projector for viewing

The Handy Cam HDR-PJ200 is quite an impressive entry into the camcorder market for 2012. Sony has included just about everything one might want…
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Full HD video recording (1080p)
3-inch touch-screen LCD display
4x digital zoom
Wi-Fi enabled

Pocket camcorders have come a long way, and the Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 proves that. This camcorder has fully embraced the technology of high definition and combined it with ease of use…
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Samsung F80BN  8/10

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

The F80BN from Samsung is a great place to get started if you are entering the world of camcorders. The very affordable price point will probably be the first thing to attract…
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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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Flip Mino HD  7/10

HD video recording (720p)
4GB and 8GB models available

The Flip Mino HD is a pocket camcorder in a class of its own, but worth mentioning here. This camcorder made for pure simplicity. None of the bells and whistles like high optical zoom…
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Best HD Camcorders https://10rate.com/best-hd-camcorders-reviews/ https://10rate.com/best-hd-camcorders-reviews/#respond Tue, 06 Aug 2013 10:45:43 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=6512 Top 10 Rated HD Camcorders 2024

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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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Waterproof Housing for Camcorders https://10rate.com/waterproof-housings-for-camcorders/ https://10rate.com/waterproof-housings-for-camcorders/#respond Wed, 02 May 2012 15:54:01 +0000 http://10rate.com/?p=6881 By

10 RateWhile the waterproof camcorder has quickly become a popular video recording device, with more models being developed each year, you still may have trouble finding a wide selection of the devices. If you already own a camcorder but envy the waterproof camcorder’s ability to record video in rugged environments, then consider purchasing a waterproof housing for your model.

Several manufacturers offer waterproof housing for their camcorders on their websites. The clear molded plastic fits over the camcorder and seals it tight against water and dust. Some waterproof housings allow you to take the camcorder down farther than 10 feet underwater. There are a few drawbacks, naturally:

  • Not every make and model will have a waterproof housing that fits.
  • They can be expensive, some as expensive as the camcorder itself.
  • You can’t easily access all the camcorder features, like touchscreen displays.
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Once you know how much a manufacturer charges for a waterproof housing, you can determine the most cost effective decision.

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JVC Piscio GC-WP10 https://10rate.com/jvc-piscio-gc-wp10-review/ https://10rate.com/jvc-piscio-gc-wp10-review/#respond Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:22:26 +0000 http://10rate.com/?page_id=6568
Waterproof Pocket Video Recorder   7.5/10

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JVC Piscio GC-WP10
For an inexpensive waterproof pocket camcorder, the JVC Piscio GC-WP10 makes recording and sharing 1080p HD video easy and fun. The camera withstands water splashes and submersions up to 10 feet, making it safe to bring to the pool, the beach, snorkeling, and white water rafting. With a USB connector that pops out, you can quickly upload videos to Facebook or YouTube. While the 5 MP camera has no flash, it still takes photos in low light fairly well. You can choose to shoot video in 30 fps or 60 fps if you’re trying to capture a lot of action. The touch panel controls are simple enough to figure out. While the audio quality may not be that great, the camcorder still provides good overall quality for the price, $84.99.

Quick Specs

  • Video recorder waterproof up to 10 ft.
  • Captures HD 1080p video and 5 MP camera stills
  • 3-inch display
  • 4x digital zoom
  • Built-in USB connector
  • 2.4” x 4” x 1”
  • 5.1 oz.
Strengths

Built-in USB connector and software makes it easy to upload videos to Facebook, iTunes, and email

Handles low light settings fairly well

Includes special editing effects

Face recognition

Shoots video in 30 fps or 60 fps for fast-moving subjects

Compact design

Weaknesses

With digital zoom you lose sharpness

No flash

Audio quality is so-so

Battery life is short

 

Brian Jones has had a passion for photography and anything related for the majority of his life. One photography class in high school was all it took to get hooked on everything to do with the subject. He became more focused on learning about camera… See more about Brian

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6 MP Waterproof Camcorder with 5x Optical Zoom  7.5/10

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Sanyo Xacti VPC-E1
While the Sanyo E1 has been updated by the E2, this waterproof camcorder still functions well as a video recorder and 6 MP camera. You could even argue that it’s more sensitive to light than the E2, making it better at capturing images in low light settings. Best of all, the camcorder starts up in just a matter of seconds, so you won’t miss those important moments that are over in a flash. We appreciated the small, compact design and the simplicity of just 3 buttons: one for shooting video, one for taking pictures, and one for zooming. You can also take stills without interrupting your video recording. While the video resolution isn’t as sharp as competing models, it’s still pretty clear and bright. This Sanyo camcorder is available for $119.98.

Quick Specs

  • Waterproof digital camcorder
  • Available in blue, white, and yellow
  • 6 MP camera
  • Shoots HD video in 640 x 480p at 30 fps
  • 5x optical zoom
  • 2.5-inch LCD display
  • 2.8” x 1.6” x 4.8”
  • 8 oz.
Strengths

Records 80 min. of video per 1 GB memory card

Allows you to simultaneously shoot video and capture stills

Starts up in a matter of seconds

Has a sleep mode to save juice

Very simple design with just 3 buttons: shoot video, take picture, zoom

Camera handles low lighting well

Weaknesses

Pressing down hard on the rubbery buttons can cause some shaky images

When using underwater, housing feels slippery

 

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Waterproof Video Camera  7.5/10

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Kodak PlayFull ZE2
As a lightweight, portable video recorder that you can take to the beach or water park, the Kodak PlayFull ZE2 doesn’t disappoint. Now you don’t have to worry about dropping the camera or getting it wet; it withstands drops from 5 feet and is waterproof up to 10 feet. As a camcorder, it records up to 10 hours of HD video in 720p—sharp enough to watch on your TV. We liked the dedicated Share button that makes uploading videos to Facebook or Twitter fast and easy. While the 1 MP camera doesn’t have all the snazzy features or high quality of more expensive models, it still lets you take photos in a couple cool image modes like high saturation and ‘70s film. For the price of $69, you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Quick Specs

  • Video recorder waterproof up to 10 ft.
  • Available in white and black
  • Built-in USB plug
  • Records HD video at 720p at 30 fps
  • 2x digital zoom
  • 2-inch LCD display
  • 1 MP camera
  • 2.2” x 3.7” x 0.5”
  • 85 grams (with memory card)
Strengths

Camera effects include B&W, sepia, high saturation, and ‘70s film

Great value

Dedicated Share button for uploading videos to social network sites or email

Withstands drops from 5 feet

Good battery life

Compact and lightweight

bright pictures and videos

Weaknesses

No image stabilization; videos can appear choppy

Lacks autofocus

Can’t mount on a tripod

 

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Digital Video Recorder and 8 MP Digital Camera  8/10

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Sanyo Exacti VPC-E2
A fairly priced digital video recorder and camera from Sanyo, the Xacti camcorder takes videos and pictures of pretty good quality. You can record videos on the ground or underwater at 640 x 480p, which is a perfectly adequate resolution for sharing videos online. The 8 MP camera also works great with autofocusing on faces even when your subjects are moving. The ISO range goes all the way up to 3200 which is handy when you want to take some shots in low light. While this isn’t the kind of video recorder you take with you snowboarding or dirt biking, it’s still lightweight and easily portable. You can capture some fun underwater videos of clear quality. This Sanyo video recorder is available for $169.

Quick Specs

  • Video recorder waterproof up to 5 ft. and 30 min.
  • Available in blue and white
  • Records video in 640 x 480p resolution at 60 fps
  • 8 MP digital camera
  • 5.2” x 6.9” x 4.8”
  • 9.1 oz.
Strengths

Uses AVC/H.264 video compression to share videos online

2.5-inch LCD screen rotates up to 285 degrees

Shoots clear underwater shots at depths of 5 ft.

Compatible with SD or SDHC memory cards

Tracks and focuses on faces

Imports video files easily to iPod devices

Continuous shooting at 5 fps

ISO ranges from 50-1600 in photo mode and 100-3200 in video mode

Weaknesses

Not designed for rugged activities like extreme sports

Battery life is short

Uses a non-standard USB cable that could be difficult to replace if lost

 

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Waterproof Video Recorder  8/10

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Samsung HMX-W200
A small but durable video recorder from Samsung, this waterproof model withstands not only water splashes and submersions but dust, dirt, and accidental drops. Lightweight and compact, it fits easily in your pocket so you can take it with you on trips and adventures. The camcorder records HD video at 1080p or 720p and 30 fps, good enough quality to view on your HDTV. The software makes it easy to upload videos to social network sites or email. The 5 MP camera handles well-lit scenes quite well, but we noticed it’s hard to get a steady shot without a tripod. For $135, this Samsung camcorder holds up to all sorts of treatment very well.

Quick Specs

  • Video recorder waterproof up to 16.4 ft.
  • Available in red and gray
  • 5 MP camera
  • 1x digital zoom
  • 2.3-inch LCD display
  • Records HD 1080p or 720p video at 30 fps
  • 1” x 2” x 4”
  • 0.3 lbs.
Strengths

Shockproof and dustproof

Small, pocket-size design

Has a pause shooting feature

Easy editing options

Makes uploading videos to Facebook, YouTube, and email simple

Simple and durable design

Takes clear, bright videos

Weaknesses

Camera requires a steady hand or a timer to get a clear shot

No timer feature

 

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