The highlight of Panasonic's camcorder announcements are a couple of feature-packed 4K/UHD models.
iOn Air Pro 3
A fun, flexible action cam, the iOn Air Pro 3 keeps things simple without sacrificing video or build quality, making it an excellent option for those who just want to go out and shoot -- in or out of the water.
Sony Handycam FDR-AX33
With full manual controls and its BOSS image stabilization, Sony rolls out another traditional 4K camcorder at a lower price.
Panasonic's HDC-TM40, TM41 and SD40 are some of the cheapest camcorders you can buy with a zoom lens and manual controls. If you care about video quality, spend a little more money on another model; if you don't, buy the cheapest one of these you can find, adjusting for the cost of memory for the SD40.
Changing from a Bluetooth headset to a little 1.9-inch square, the Looxcie 3 can record 720p video while streaming live privately or publicly to your Facebook page.
All the features that make Contour's action cams excellent are here in its entry-level Roam3. While it's not loaded with extras, it's one of the best you'll find for its price.
Flip Ultra ( Second Gen, Pink)
Flip Video has made some modest improvements to the original Ultra--but it's only worth buying at a reasonable discount off its list price.
Not quite the little box or bullet-shaped body styles of other manufacturers, the UltiMate looks like a nice blend of interesting features and design.
The Caidrox CD-3000 drive recorder combines a good deal of information about on-road incidents that would come in handy for determining fault in a crash, but it helps to be computer-adept to use its viewer software.
iON Air Pro 2
One of the better action cam options available, the iON Air Pro 2 improves on the original, while still offering a good value.