Backlight compensation Camcorders

Canon Vixia HF R600
EDITORS' TAKE

Canon Vixia HF R600 ( Black)

The company barely updates its three consumer models, and there are no prosumer models to be seen.

Sony Handycam FDR-AX1
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Handycam FDR-AX1

The company's Quad HD resolution camcorder comes with a a pro body and price, but Sony wants to sell it to consumers.

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS10
REVIEW

Sony Action Cam HDR-AS10

The Sony Action Cam is a solid first effort and worth its price, but some design shortcomings may be enough to put off some potential buyers.

3 stars Editors' rating on April 24, 2013
Samsung HMX-QF20
REVIEW

Samsung HMX-QF20 ( Black)

For good-enough video for Web sharing and a 20x zoom lens, the Samsung HMX-QF20 gets the job done.

3 stars Editors' rating on November 13, 2012

MSRP: $349.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Sony Handycam NEX-VG900
EDITORS' TAKE

Sony Handycam NEX-VG900 ( Body Only)

It's kind of an oddball -- a full-frame camcorder that requires an adapter for full-frame lenses -- but it's sure to garner some attention.

Samsung HMX-W300
REVIEW

Samsung HMX-W300 ( Red)

The Samsung HMX-W300 rugged minicamcorder is a good traveling companion for capturing Web-friendly movie clips and photos of your next hike or beach trip.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on April 30, 2012
2.8 stars User rating out of 2 votes
Panasonic HDC-SD800
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-SD800

Panasonic's trio of prosumer camcorders, the hard-disk-based HDC-HS900 and flash-based TM900 and SD800, deliver generally excellent video quality and provide the full set of manual controls and features advanced users want. But you have to be willing to baby the white balance a bit. The TM900 is my top pick of the three for its EVF, but if you're on a tight budget the SD800 should suit just fine.

4 stars Editors' rating on November 9, 2011
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Panasonic HDC-SD40
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-SD40

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on October 16, 2011
4 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10
REVIEW

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10

You're paying a couple hundred extra for the projector in the otherwise frills-free Sony Handycam HDR-PJ10 over its identical twin, the CX160. But if you regularly show off your vacation videos in the homes of friends and family then it's worth it.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on October 2, 2011

MSRP: $699.99

Visit manufacturer site for details.

Samsung W200 Rugged
REVIEW

Samsung W200 Rugged ( Red)

The Samsung HMX-W200 might be a little less impressive than its specs, but it's still a very good rugged minicamcorder for the money.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on August 5, 2011