Best camcorders

Updated March 10, 2014 7:31 PM PDT

Here you go-- a list of the top camcorders, culled from the top models in each of our camcorder categories. As new camcorders hit the market and we review them, we'll be ready to update our picks. But, it's not easy to get on this list, so it'll take something very special to unseat any product from this page. Check back here every now and then to see if any new products have made the cut.

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Best budget pick

Kodak Playsport

The Kodak Playsport is an excellent minicamcorder that can take some rough treatment and capture solid HD video.

Price: $280.05 - $280.05 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Best budget zoom pick

Sony Handycam HDR-CX130-160

Typical for their price class, the no-frills Sony Handycam HDR-CX130, CX160, and XR160 produce generally subpar HD video, but if you're not picky you'll probably be fine. The CX130 is the best buy of the three, as long as you go cheap on the memory card.

Price: $399.99 - $399.99 Check prices

3 stars Good

Best tape pick

Canon Vixia HV30

An extremely minor upgrade from the HV20, the Canon Vixia HV30 remains a quality HDV camcorder with a couple of performance issues.

Price: $884.00 - $884.00 Check prices

4 stars Excellent
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