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Canon Vixia HF G70 UHD 4K Camcorder (Black)

Canon Vixia HF G70 UHD 4K Camcorder (Black)

B&H # CAHFG70 MFR # 5734C002
Key Features
  • 1/2.3" UHD 4K CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to UHD 4K30 Video
  • DIGIC DV 6 Image Processor
  • 29.3 to 627mm, 20x Optical Zoom in 4K
$1,09900
Reg. $1,249.00
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Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder
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Sony FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder

B&H # SOFDRAX700 MFR # FDR-AX700/B
Key Features
  • 4K HDR Video Recording
  • 1"-Type Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • 273-Point Phase Detection Autofocus
$1,39900
Reg. $1,899.00
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Panasonic HC-VX981K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCVX981K MFR # HC-VX981K
Key Features
  • Ultra HD 4K Video at 24/30 fps
  • 1/2.3" BSI MOS Sensor
  • 20x Leica Dicomar Optical Zoom Lens
  • Wireless Multicamera Support
$69799
Reg. $797.99
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Zoom Q2n-4K Handy Video Recorder

B&H # ZOZQ2N4K MFR # ZQ2N4K
Key Features
  • Up to 4K at 30 fps or 1080p60 Video
  • 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor
  • 150° f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens
  • 5 x Wide to Tele Field-of-View Settings
$19999
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Sony HDR-CX405 HD Handycam

B&H # SOHDRCX405 MFR # HDRCX405/B
Key Features
  • Full HD Video / 9.2MP Stills
  • Exmor R CMOS sensor
  • Bionz X Processor
  • Zeiss 30x Optical Zoom Lens
$22999
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Panasonic HC-V180K Full HD Camcorder (Black)

B&H # PAHCV180K MFR # HC-V180K
Key Features
  • 1080p Video at 60 fps
  • 1/5.8" BSI MOS Sensor
  • 50x Optical Zoom & 90x Intelligent Zoom
  • 5-Axis HYBRID O.I.S.+ and Level Shot
$24799
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Mevo Start Live Streaming Camera (3-Pack)

B&H # MESTART3PK MFR # 961-000500
Key Features
  • Stream and/or Record up to 1080p30
  • Three-Mic Array + External Audio Support
  • Controlled via Live Production Mevo App
  • 6-Hour Battery; NDI-Enabled Video Output
$98900
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Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

B&H # SOFDRAX53 MFR # FDRAX53/B
Key Features
  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 26.8mm Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom & 40x Clear Image Zoom
$1,09800
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Mevo Start Live Streaming Camera

B&H # MESTART MFR # 961-000498
Key Features
  • Stream and/or Record up to 1080p30
  • Three-Mic Array + External Audio Support
  • Controlled via Live Production Mevo App
  • 6-Hour Battery; NDI-Enabled Video Output
$32600
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Panasonic HC-WXF1 UHD 4K Camcorder with Twin & Multicamera Capture

B&H # PAHCWXF1K MFR # HC-WXF1K
Key Features
  • UHD 4K Video at 24 & 30 fps/26MP Stills
  • Twin Camera & Wireless Multicam Options
  • 1/2.5" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • Viewfinder & 3" LCD Display
$79799
Reg. $997.99
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Panasonic HC-V785K Full HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCV785K MFR # HC-V785K
Key Features
  • Record Full HD Video and 24MP Stills
  • 1/2.3" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • 20x Optical/50x Intelligent Zoom
  • HYBRID OIS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
$61299
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Zoom Q8n-4K Handy Video Recorder

B&H # ZOZQ8N4K MFR # ZQ8N4K
Key Features
  • Records up to UHD 4K Video at 30 fps
  • Wide-Angle 150° Lens
  • Detachable X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Compatible with Zoom Microphone Capsules
$39999
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Panasonic HC-V800 Full HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCV800K MFR # HC-V800K
Key Features
  • Full HD Video and 26MP Stills
  • 1/2.5" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • 24x Leica Dicomar Optical Zoom
  • Three OIS Stabilizer Systems
$49799
Reg. $597.99
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eMeet StreamCam One Wireless Live Streaming HD Camera

B&H # EMMC2 MFR # EMMC2
Key Features
  • Wireless Live H.264 Streaming
  • Up to 1080p30 Video with HDR Support
  • Wireless Wi-Fi and Ethernet Streaming
  • Multicamera and Multi-Platform Functions
$21999
Reg. $249.99
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Canon PowerShot V10 Vlog Camera (Black)

B&H # CAPSV10VB MFR # 5947C002
Key Features
  • For Vlogging and Live Streaming
  • 20.9MP 1" CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K up to 29.97 fps
  • Full HD up to 59.94 fps
$39900
Reg. $429.00
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Panasonic HC-W580K HD Camcorder with Twin Camera

B&H # PAHCW580K MFR # HC-W580K
Key Features
  • 1080p Video at 60 fps
  • 1/5.8" BSI MOS Sensor
  • 50x Optical Zoom & 90x Intelligent Zoom
  • Twin Camera and Wireless Multi-Camera
$39999
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Minolta MN4K30NV UHD 4K IR Night Vision Camcorder (Champagne)

B&H # MIN4K30NVC MFR # MN4K30NV-C
Key Features
  • 13MP CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to UHD Video, 30MP Photos
  • IR Illumination in Video and Stills
  • Tiltable 3" Touchscreen LCD
$15999
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Panasonic HC-VX870K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCVX870 MFR # HC-VX870K
Key Features
  • 4K Ultra HD Video and 25.9MP Stills
  • 1/2.3" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • 20x Optical Zoom / 40x Intelligent Zoom
  • HYBRID OIS 5-Axis Image Stabilization
$91799
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Sony FDR-AX43A UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder

B&H # SOFDRAX43A MFR # FDR-AX43A/B
Key Features
  • UHD 4K 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • Built-In Gimbal, Optical Stabilization
  • 1/2.5" Exmor R Low-Light CMOS Sensor
  • 3" LCD Flip-Out & Tilting Touchscreen
$94800
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Minolta MN220NV Full HD Night Vision Camcorder with 16x Digital Zoom (Blue)

B&H # MIN220NVBL MFR # MN220NV-BL
Key Features
  • 1/3.2" Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to 1080p30 Video, 24MP Photos
  • Infrared LED Light with 35' Range
  • Tiltable 3" Touchscreen LCD
$9900
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Zoom Q8 Handy Video Recorder

B&H # ZOZQ8 MFR # ZQ8
Key Features
  • Records up to 2304x1296 Video at 30 fps
  • Wide-Angle 160° Lens
  • Detachable X/Y Condenser Microphone
  • Compatible with Zoom Microphone Capsules
$23999
Reg. $399.99
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Canon PowerShot V10 Vlog Camera (Silver)

B&H # CAPSV10VS MFR # 5946C002
Key Features
  • For Vlogging and Live Streaming
  • 20.9MP 1" CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K up to 29.97 fps
  • Full HD up to 59.94 fps
$39900
Reg. $429.00
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JVC GY-DS100U 4K Camcorder with Exchange Record Format

B&H # JVGYDS100U MFR # GY-DS100U
Key Features
  • UHD 4K Video
  • 8.3MP Stills from Video
  • .MOV at 70 Mb/s, AVCHD up to 24/28 Mb/s
  • Back-Illuminated 18.9MP CMOS Sensor
$49900
Reg. $1,499.00
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Panasonic HC-VX1 4K HD Camcorder

B&H # PAHCVX1 MFR # HC-VX1K
Key Features
  • 4K30 MP4 HD Video & 26MP Stills
  • 1/2.5" Back-Illuminated MOS Sensor
  • 24x Leica Dicomar Optical Zoom
  • Wireless Multi-Cam Smartphone Function
$69799
Reg. $797.99
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Pixellot Air Portable Tracking Camera

B&H # PIAIR MFR # PXL-650-0011
Key Features
  • Lightweight Video Tracking Camera
  • Capture Wide-Angle Action
  • Analyze & Share Every Game Automatically
  • Suitable for Indoor & Outdoor Use
$84900
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Sony FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

B&H # SOFDRAX53 MFR # FDRAX53/B
Key Features
  • 4K Ultra HD 24/30p & 16.6MP Stills
  • Exmor R CMOS Sensor
  • 26.8mm Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* Zoom Lens
  • 20x Optical Zoom & 40x Clear Image Zoom
$99800
Reg. $1,098.00
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Hollyland VenusLiv One-Touch 24/7 Live Streaming Camera (Black)

B&H # HOVENUSLIV MFR # HL-VENUSLIV
Key Features
  • 24/7 Live Streaming 1080p Camera
  • Horizontal & Vertical Output
  • 5" Touchscreen, HollyOS
  • RTMP, UVC, Ethernet & Wi-Fi Support
$99900
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Minolta MN220NV Full HD Night Vision Camcorder with 16x Digital Zoom (Red)

B&H # MIN220NVR MFR # MN220NV-R
Key Features
  • 1/3.2" Full HD CMOS Sensor
  • Record up to 1080p30 Video, 24MP Photos
  • Infrared LED Light with 35' Range
  • Tiltable 3" Touchscreen LCD
$9900
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Selecting Camcorders/Video Cameras

Although DSLRs and smartphones capture video, few have the all-round capabilities of video recording cameras, which have the primary function of video recording. As technology has evolved, video recording abilities have improved; the size of camcorders is now at the point where consumer models are small, lightweight, easy to handle, and capable of stunning results.

 

How Video Cameras Work

Digital video cameras record motion and sound to produce movies. Camcorders use either CCD (charge coupled device) or CMOS (complementary metal oxide semiconductor) sensors to capture action and convert this information into a digital signal. The number of sensor pixels determines the camcorder's definition, while the size of the sensor affects its low-light sensitivity. Camcorders use digital viewfinders and LCD screens for monitoring filming. Data records to some form of memory for later downloading, editing, and viewing on computers or televisions.

 

Differences Between Standard, HD, and Ultra HD Camcorders

Early digital camcorders worked to the NTSC SD standard based on a resolution of 720 x 480 pixels, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. While still available, this isn't common, but has the advantage of smaller files that are easy to process and upload to the internet.

Full HD video cameras have a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 pixels, identified as 1080i or 1080p. The difference is that 1080i signals are interpolated while 1080p aren't, but the latter offers slightly better definition. HD camcorders can film at 1280 x 720 pixels (720p) to reduce file size with minimal loss of definition.

Professional camcorders have ultra HD capability (4K) and produce the best results with a 3840 x 2160 pixel capability.

 

Recording Medium for Consumer Digital Video Cameras

Digital camcorders use various ways to record data, ranging from digital video tape to hard drives and flash memory. Many camcorders have some built-in storage capability, while others use removable media such as SD cards and memory sticks. When filming in HD and UHD, most manufacturers recommend fast SDHC and SDHX type cards. Some use CF cards and SxS express cards commonly found on used pro and prosumer camcorders.


Features of Consumer Video Camcorders

The range of features built into consumer camcorders is a major reason why they're so popular, and these include:

  • Standard zoom lenses with high levels of magnification
  • Variable frame rates, including 24, 30, and 60 fps, and slow-motion capabilities
  • Robust action cameras and accessories for extreme sports
  • Optical stabilization to reduce camera shake
  • Several video-encoding options
  • Range of finishes, such as a black or white camcorder
  • NTSC and PAL options
  • Good low-light sensitivity

While some DSLRs have similar capabilities, few are as compact and usable for video filming as dedicated camcorders that have the ability to get close to the action.


B&H Photo and Video stocks a comprehensive selection of consumer HD video cameras, as well as a wide array of related accessories. Take advantage of its stock whether you film on a daily basis or plan some casual vacation recording.