Sony Handycam DCR-SX85E ( Silver)
Sony's Handycam DCR-SX45, SX65, and SX85 standard-definition camcorders pack a megazoom lens at a reasonable price; one look at the standard-definition video, though, and you might regret not spending a bit more for an HD model.
Ion Twin Video
The Ion Twin Video makes putting yourself in movies easy, but the rest of the package isn't as exciting.
Canon Vixia HF S21
Though they're an excellent trio of camcorders, the Vixia HF S21, HF S20, and HF S200 are significantly more expensive than their respective competitors, especially since the S20 and S200 lack electronic viewfinders. If you can forgo some of the subtleties of the manual controls, you can probably get what you need with a cheaper camcorder.
ContourHD 720p HD Helmet Camera
While not as rugged as its competition, the ContourHD features video quality and user-friendliness that is far better than any other helmet cam that we've tested.
Sony Handycam DCR-SX41 ( Silver)
If internal flash memory, zoom range, and a touch-screen LCD are on your list of needs before video quality, check out the Sony Handycam DCR-SX41.
JVC Everio GZ-MG335 ( Silver)
The near-identical models of the JVC Everio GZ-MG300 series--the MG330, MG335, MG360 and MG365--are budget-priced, hard-drive-based camcorders that are nice enough, but produce typical low-budget video.
Sony Handycam HDR-SR11
Sony's Handycam HDR-SR11 and SR12 60GB hard-drive-based AVCHD camcorders deliver top notch performance and image quality.
Sony Handycam DCR-SR300 ( 40GB)
The Sony DCR-SR300 digital camcorder should appeal to casual, snapshooter-type videographers, but it's somewhat pricey, since its video quality still can't match better MiniDV camcorders.
Flip Video F130 ( White)
While the Flip is a slight upgrade over Pure Digital's well-received Point & Shoot Video Camcorder, this year RCA's Small Wonder EZ201 is the better choice for most buyers.
With its AG-HVX200, Panasonic raises the bar again, bringing us professional HD versatility and quality at a lower price than ever.