Consumer Camcorders

Hands-on Review

Consumers have more choices in camcorders than ever before, and some of them seem downright professional with features sets that are packed to the rafters. Canon’s VIXIA HF G10 Flash Memory Camcorder shoots 1920 x 1080 high definition video, and you can choose frame rates of 60i, 30p or 24p for a cinematic look and feel.

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A sports-action cam is useless if it’s not as hearty as you are. In order to capture breathtaking footage in any environment, you need a camera that’s up to the task of going wherever you go, regardless of whether it’s a cold summit, a hot, dusty desert, raging river rapids or underwater. And, you need a camera that can shoot high-definition video and still images.

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Big feature-filled video cameras with fancy lenses are great, especially for professionals who need to capture broadcast-quality video. But let’s face it: most of us don’t want to carry around anything that’s too big or heavy, especially if you’re the active, sporting type.

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It’s easy to miss a shot, even for professionals. It’s a common occurrence to have camera in hand, finger on the shutter release, waiting for the right moment to trigger. You might be waiting for a slugger to swing his bat or for a race car driver to pass before you.

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Imagine you’re a skateboarder, about to attempt a dangerous new trick: the triple reverse floatie. Your friends are gathered near the jumping point, but an errant a cloud of bees causes them to scatter. Regardless, you make the attempt and complete the stunt, only to skid on a jellybean, fall down and fracture your coccyx.

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Pocket-size camcorders are still quite popular, and Toshiba recently announced two new models, the Camileo B10 and the Camileo P100. They’re both quite small, but with different styles to meet personal preferences.

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Hands-on Review

Panasonic has introduced a slew of new pocket-size camcorders. The format seems to have taken hold and is getting to be more popular, not less. One has to wonder why the Flip was discontinued, but at least vendors such as Panasonic can continue to fill this niche market with these small, fun camcorders.

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Just in time for summer, Contour Inc. has raised the bar for helmet/action cams with its announcement of the Contour+, an HD helmet cam that combines some of the features of its ContourHD and Contour GPS helmet cams in a spiffy new unit. 

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Buying Guide

So you’ve decided to buy a new camcorder. This could be your first camcorder purchase, but it’s far more likely that you’re replacing an older unit. Analog camcorders are now history. Even if you’re not looking to record in high definition or widescreen, you will still be buying a digital camcorder.

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With camcorder manufacturers being squeezed by phones, point-and-shoot cameras and DSLRs all shooting video, how does Sony’s Handycam line compete? Besides emphasizing advanced lenses, AVC-HD compatibility, large storage capacity and more inputs and outputs, some Handycams contain projectors.

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Tips and Solutions

Having completed production of Cooking Healthy for a Dachshund using a basic high-def camcorder and simple editing software, I’m ready to ’fess up about what worked and what didn’t—advice freely handed to every aspiring Cameron.

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There’s something about cameras and camcorders that can survive dunks, drops and grit and temperature extremes. With these attributes in mind, Panasonic has introduced a trio of Full-HD-recording camcorders that depending on the model you choose are waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof.

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4 years ago
Hands-on Review

The northern hemisphere is currently deep in the heart of winter, but that isn't stopping new camcorder models from blooming like fresh spring flowers. JVC has announced the new 2011 lineup of HD Everio camcorders, which offer excellent performance and some handy new features. In this post I'll clearly explain what separates these camcorders from the competition.

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Hands-on Review

The new HD170 Stealth shares many features and similarities with the original HD170 model, but there's a lot more to it besides its new, black "stealthy" color. The Stealth comes with a new chip that enables you to shoot 60 fps video (which is ideal for slow motion), as well as 25 and 50 fps for European thrill seekers. It's a sweet, low-profile HD camera that you can strap on to capture the ride of your life.

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4 years ago
Hands-on Review

How much could you reasonably ask for in a camcorder that fits in the palm of your hand? Would it be too much to ask for 32 gigs of internal flash memory, in addition to dual SDXC card slots? How about a color viewfinder and a touch-screen LCD?

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