Sometimes photos are enough but some moments need to be captured on video. Digital cameras can record videos but most of the times the quality is not up to par. This is why a lot of people chose a dedicated solution and buy an HD camcorder. However choosing a camcorder can be tricky as the quality of the recording can vary a lot even with products from the same price range. To make it easier to get the right one, the search has been limited to just 10 camcorders that are worth spending money on. With no further ado, here are the top 10 best camcorders in 2014 to capture those special moments.
10. Sony HDRCX240
The Sony HDRX240 is probably the most inexpensive camcorder in the top. It is an excellent camera for the ones that never owned one before. It comes with some basic functions, a 9.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, a standard LCD display, the traditional Carl Zeiss lens and a 27x optical zoom. It can record in full HD resolution at 60 frames per second but the quality of the recording is strictly dependent on the quality of the SD card used. Slower cards can cause the image to scatter.
9. Samsung F90 Black Camcorder
Number nine goes to another entry level camera but this time made by Samsung. The F90 model is one of the more affordable cameras made by the Korean manufacturer. It can record videos in 720p and shoot still images using a 5 megapixel sensor. The left side holds the 2.7 inch which is almost as big as the camera itself. The F90 is a really small camcorder that is easy to carry around and would fit best people that like to travel or pack light.
8. Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD
When it comes to premium recordings, the budget needs to go higher. The Canon VIXIA is not what some might call and affordable camcorder which actually makes it a more professional grade video recording equipment. It comes straight out of the box with a 32GB flash memory which is fast enough to record flawless full HD videos. It has a 10x optical zoom and a high performance CMOS sensor. Its form factor does not make it easy to carry around. It is a bit bigger but it can record excellent videos.
7. Canon VIXIA HF R500
The VIXIA HF R500 is the smaller brother of the HF G20. It manages to take a higher spot on the list not because of the video recording quality but because of its price. There is a clear quality difference between the two but the R500 offers a much better value for money deal. It can record in full HD at 60 FPS, it has a 57x optical zoom and supports SD card memory expansion. Unfortunately, the model does not come with an internal memory which makes it dependent on the quality of the SD card.
6. Sony HDRAS100V
When it comes to really compact camcorders the options are very limited. The Sony HDRAS100V is one of the smallest video recording cameras that can shoot in full HD. It can almost fit into a pocket. It comes with some interesting features such as a splashproof body, smartphone compatibility and advanced image stabilization. The most interesting part is the fact that a smartphone can be used to control the camera remotely making it a multi-purpose device that can be used for surveillance as well.
5. Panasonic HX-WA03
The HX-WA03 is an excellent HD camcorder for the ones that like to record their nature outbreaks. It is one of the most sturdy and durable cameras on the market. It can withstand cold, water, dust, ice, shocks and vibrations. As expected it records in 1080p, has an 18x intelligent zoom and features a wind noise filter that adds even more value for the buyers that want to take it with them on their trips. On top of all these features, the camcorder comes in a really sleek and compact form factor and high quality materials that ensures a strong grip and durable build.
4. Sony HDR-SR11
The Sony HDR-SR11 is one of the most popular cameras build by the manufacturer for the general consumer. It is quite affordable and offers all the required features to start filming straight away with minimal effort. It can record in 1080p at 60 frames per second, it has a 25x optical zoom and uses a 10 megapixel sensor. The LCD display is extremely sharp and can rotate 180 degrees. It is also comes with a 60 GB internal drive and supports memory card storage expansion. To be noted that the selling price of the camera might be a bit high for some but it surely is not extremely expensive.
3. Canon VIXIA HF G30
The Vixia HF G30 close to a professional grade camcorder when it comes to video quality. It uses an advanced CMOS sensor that can record in full HD at 60 frames per second. The optical zoom can go as far as 20x which will ensure that even the long distance recordings will be crystal clear. It comes with two memory expansion slots and built-in wireless connection support for easier file transfer.
2. Canon VIXIA HF200
The VIXIA HF200 is what some might call a family camcorder. It is extremely intuitive to use and offers a wide range of features without becoming too complicated to use. It can record in full HD as expected and offers a 15x optical zoom. It does not come with an internal memory but it has a memory expansion slot. It also supports a wide range of connectivity options and can also shoot photos.
1. Panasonic HC-V750K
The Panasonic HC-V750K is one of the best camcorders that money can buy. It comes with all the expected features such as 1080p recordings, a 20x zoom, a standard 3.0 inch LCD screen and some useful extras. It supports wi-fi connection directly to a PC or even a smartphone that can be used to control it. It has a 5 axis image stabilization and a shielded microphone. As a final note, the recording quality is above the average which makes it the best pick so far.