Top 10 Best 1080p Camcorders


A camcorder is another essential gadget that people should have. HD camcorder requirement are boosting these days along with increased number of HD TV being bought. With fierce competition among camera manufactures, each year companies like Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Sony, and more all compete fiercely to develop the most cutting edge technology so that they can have a superior video camera. The price of 1080p camcorders vary depending on the brands and specifications.

Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 16 GB Embedded Memory

Sony HDR-CX260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder with 30x Optical Zoom and 16 GB Embedded Memory

Features

  • 8.9 megapixel still image
  • 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • 3.0 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording
  • Up to 5 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Rating:

4.2 stars
4.2/5

Price:

301-550

Review:

I received this camcorder yesterday. It has just been released, I was pondering buying the older HDRpj10v, as it was cheaper. But I am glad I got the newer model. It has a better zoom, and a slightly larger Sensor, and updated projector, to name a few improvements. The old projector was powered by a 7 lumen light, the new one is 15 lumens, more than twice the power. I took a short clip in my living room last night then turned off all the lights and projected it on a flat white ceiling, and it was absolutely brilliant. It was bright, and looked to be nearly HD quality. I am very impressed. the camera is slightly smaller than last years model, it is very intuitive to use. The touchscreen menu is very easy to use, and works well. I spent alot of time playing with the the older model at best buy playing with it, and this one just feels sturdier, and the screen is more responsive, the image stabilization is not the BOS system in the higher end model, but it seems improved over last year. THis model DOES shoot in 60p at 28fps, and it really looks fantastic. I think this is the best camera for the money.

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Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch LCD

Canon VIXIA HF M500 Full HD 10x Image Stabilized Camcorder with One SDXC Card Slot and 3.0 Touch  LCD

Features

  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 10x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Newly Designed Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor is a professional-level 1/3-inch native 1920x1080 image sensor
  • 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
  • AVCHD recording for the highest quality viewing on an HDTV or archiving, or in MP4 format for easy sharing with mobile devices or cloud applications
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots

Rating:

4.3 stars
4.3/5

Price:

298-550

Review:

This camera was everything i had hoped for when i purchased it, the video quality is great the color is exceptional. The optical image stabilizer works great and is a must have for me in a handheld camcorder. I was a little concerned with the optical zoom only being 10x but i use the digital zoom up to about the 40x and don't really notice the quality lowering to that point. The only think that i do not like about it is the still image quality, but because that is not what i use it for it doesn't bother me too much, Overall very happy with the camera and would definitely recommend.

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Panasonic HC-V500M Full HD SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory

Panasonic HC-V500M Full HD SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory

Features

  • Full 1920x1080p HD
  • 2D to 3 D conversion
  • Intelligent 50x Zoom

Rating:

4.5 stars
4.5/5

Price:

229-500

Review:

Guys, I can bet if you get a better vedio camera with this range. Please respond back if you find any other and lets see if I am wrong here. it has every thing. The best part is Image stabilization, high zoom 52X with IS, and the other best is Battery backup. i have tested other vedio camera-- when you do pause, play and shut down max it will go to 30 min but this one is very nice goes upto 1 hour 50 min. and i cannot comment on 1080P resolution because you cannot find difference in 1080p and i. But this has 1080p. other thing it has internal 16GB memory (there is a typo mistake in amazon 16MB) and picture quality is awesome....I love it

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GoPro HERO3

GoPro HERO3

Features

  • Professional 1080p 30 fps, 960p 48 fps, and 720p 60 fps and WVGA 240 fps video capture
  • 11MP photo capture with 10 frames per second burst
  • Wi-Fi built-in, and compatible with Wi-Fi remote (sold separatly) and GoPro App (free)
  • 197-Feet / 60m Waterproof Housing
  • Basic mounts and hardware included for attaching to helmets, gear, and more

Rating:

2.8 stars
2.8/5

Price:

291-300

Review:

I've had my GoPro Hero3 Silver Edition for 10 days and done a fair amount of filming, including on a quail hunt. It has worked perfectly and I am really pleased with the quality of videos and the ease of operation. The accessories are likewise awesome, and I recommend many of them - the LCD backpack, the head strap mount, and the naked frame for starters. I have not experienced any of the problems others have posted about here. The GoPro iPhone app works flawlessly and, in my opinion, makes the remote control unecessary. I can only guess that they did not follow the instructions that came with the camera. Before you do anything, download the software update and install it on your camera per the instructions at [...]. I suspect that many of the negative reviewers did not do this before using the camera. I would definitely recommend this camera to anyone.

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Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder

Sony HDRPJ260V High Definition Handycam 8.9 MP Camcorder

Features

  • 3-inch LCD display
  • 8.9 megapixel still image; 30X Optical, 55X Extended Zoom
  • Touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording
  • Up to 3 hours of recording with 16GB embedded Flash Memory

Rating:

4.2 stars
4.2/5

Price:

439-650

Review:

I received this camcorder yesterday. It has just been released, I was pondering buying the older HDRpj10v, as it was cheaper. But I am glad I got the newer model. It has a better zoom, and a slightly larger Sensor, and updated projector, to name a few improvements. The old projector was powered by a 7 lumen light, the new one is 15 lumens, more than twice the power. I took a short clip in my living room last night then turned off all the lights and projected it on a flat white ceiling, and it was absolutely brilliant. It was bright, and looked to be nearly HD quality. I am very impressed. the camera is slightly smaller than last years model, it is very intuitive to use. The touchscreen menu is very easy to use, and works well. I spent alot of time playing with the the older model at best buy playing with it, and this one just feels sturdier, and the screen is more responsive, the image stabilization is not the BOS system in the higher end model, but it seems improved over last year. THis model DOES shoot in 60p at 28fps, and it really looks fantastic. I think this is the best camera for the money.

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Contour ROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder Watersport Kit

Contour ROAM Waterproof HD 1080P Hands-free HD Camcorder Watersport Kit

Features

  • Waterproof and Buoyant
  • Easy to use - Instant On recording.
  • Fully Adjustable - the mount can be roatated 360 degrees and is easily adjustable with wet or cold hands.
  • Beautiful HD Video - ContourROAM features a 170 degree wide angle lens that captures stunning HD video or still photos.

Rating:

4 stars
4/5

Price:

113-250

Review:

I've never purchased an underwater camera before this one, and am so pleased I did. I went river rafting a couple months ago and this was incredible. Not only that, but when I took this jet skiing, it was superb. It was getting dark and the laser beam worked wonders! This is also really easy to use, just 1 button. The audio is really good, which I wasn't even expecting because of the wind/engine noise when jet skiing, but it's just incredible. The quality overall is amazing, I couldn't have asked for anything better.

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Panasonic HCV700MK 3D Full HD 28mm Wide Angle SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory

Panasonic HCV700MK 3D Full HD 28mm Wide Angle SD Camcorder with 16GB Internal Memory

Features

  • Full 1920x1080p HD
  • 2D to 3 D conversion
  • 28mm Wide Angle lens

Rating:

4.5 stars
4.5/5

Price:

458-600

Review:

Did a lot of research and came to two camcorders - the Panasonic HC-V700M and the Cannon Vixia HF M500. Both are entry level camcorders for the professional quality video recording due to large image sensors and other features. The Panasonic won out due to the lower price. $395 versus $525 for the Cannon. I am very pleased with the results. Touch screen works very well and the menu is not too difficult. Combine this with a Wasabi Power supply for $49.99 and get two large capacity batteries that the Pansonic recognizes.

Had a little problem as the format when downloading videos to Windows was an MTS file. Just downloaded Freemake and this free program converted the file to any common format.

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Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom

Canon Vixia HF R300 Full HD Flash Memory Camcorder with 51x Advanced Zoom

Features

  • Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 51x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization
  • Improved Canon 3.28 MP Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and DIGIC DV III Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 3.0-inch Flat Touch Panel LCD with a new GUI (graphical user interface) for easy touch control
  • Smart AUTO with 38 predefined video capture situations including Auto Tele Macro for close-ups and shallow depth-of-field shots
  • Cinema-Look Filters, Story Createor and 24p Cinema Mode provide a variety of professional cinematic looks and web-compatible clip options

Rating:

3.8 stars
3.8/5

Price:

248-450

Review:

Waited 1 month to receive the Canon R300 HD camera. Very pleased with the picture quality, and ease of use. Zoom works great with little loss of resolution. Mostly been used for filming sport's events in gym. Camera has performed well with little vibration even hand held. Works well in low light situtations. Web suggested that the camera had dual SD slots, but actually only has 1. With 32 g card, have recorded MP$ at 24 fps for hours without a problem. Battery life could be better, but is small and charges quickly. Would suggest getting a spare battery.

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Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder

Sony HDR-CX190 High Definition Handycam 5.3 MP Camcorder

Features

  • 5.3 megapixel still image
  • 25X Optical, 30X Extended zoom
  • 2.7 inch Clear Photo LCD display
  • 1920x1080 Full HD Recording
  • Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video

Rating:

4 stars
4/5

Price:

176-300

Review:

My wife and I decided to invest a little in a good camera and we couldn't be happier. I am really impressed with the video during indoor shooting. We haven't had to think about making sure all the lights are on and windows open which is nice since we live in a basement. The audio is also much better then I have experienced with other cameras. The screen isn't touch which was actually a selling point for me along with the manual lens cover. Less things to break. The built in USB cable which can charge the camera is fairly ingenious as well. I did a lot of research before shelling out $300 but ended up taking a leap of faith with this as it was a new camera with no ratings. Glad I did.

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Samson Technologies 1080p Handy Camcorder - Q3HD

Samson Technologies 1080p Handy Camcorder - Q3HD

Features

  • Built-in stereo condenser microphones with 120 X/Y configuration for true stereo imaging Video resolution of 720p at 30 or 60 fps or 1080p at 30 fps, Large 2.4-inch 320 x 240 color LCD display
  • Built-in NTSC/PAL TV and HDMI output,4x digital zoom, Video format: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (MOV), Audio formats: 44.1/48/96kHz 16/24-bit WAV (PCM) or AAC up to 320kbps, USB 2.0 with built-in cable
  • Windows and Mac OS compatible, Built-in speaker and tripod mount, Includes HandyShare editing and YouTube uploader software, Apple Quicktime, 2GB SD card, two AA batteries

Rating:

3.6 stars
3.6/5

Price:

193-440

Review:

The zoom feature is terrible, the batteries life is terrible since they don't recharge in the unit, the screen size is awful, the shape is not really that comfortable, but the video quality is above par for the price bracket, and it actually works decent in low light compared to the Bell&Howell DV1200HD.

As every reviewer will agree: there is no better sound quality on the market without an external mic, and "click and shoot" could not be more literal. Nearly all sound and light adjustments are automated, which some hate but I love. One review said the volume will not go back up after it automatically goes down. There is a setting to fix that, though I doubt anyone will even use the settings menus. You hardly need to.

I sound like I hate it, but no way...this camera is awesome, if you know it's limits, etc.

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