Standard Camcorders

iON Air Pro 2
REVIEW

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.

4 stars Editors' rating on September 12, 2013
Contour+2
REVIEW

Contour+2

The Contour+2 combines the best features of the entire Contour camera line in one simple, powerful flagship model.

4.5 stars Editors' rating on September 7, 2012
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote
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-TM41
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-TM41

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
3.5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $379.99

Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400
REVIEW

Contour GPS HD Wearable Camcorder Camera 1400

The Contour GPS sports camera is the sweet spot in Contour's sports camera lineup, offering most of the features that most owners will find useful, and at an affordable price.

4 stars Editors' rating on July 29, 2011
3 stars User rating out of 1 vote
Sony Handycam DCR-SX85E
REVIEW

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 13, 2011

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX45
REVIEW

Sony Handycam DCR-SX45 ( Black)

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.

3 stars Editors' rating on June 13, 2011
Kodak Playsport Zx5
REVIEW

Kodak Playsport Zx5 ( Red)

The rugged Kodak PlaySport Zx5 is a very good minicamcorder, but falls just shy of improving on last year's model, despite being more durable.

3.5 stars Editors' rating on June 1, 2011
Panasonic HDC-HS80
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-HS80

A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls (unusual for their price class) and well-designed touch-screen interface, but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 19, 2011
5 stars User rating out of 1 vote

MSRP: $599.99

Panasonic HDC-SD80
REVIEW

Panasonic HDC-SD80 ( Red)

A functional trio of camcorders, the Panasonic HDC-SD80, TM80, and HS80 are notable for their manual exposure controls, unusual for their price class, and well designed touch-screen interface but otherwise you can find better options. Of the three, the SD80 is the best choice simply on price.

3 stars Editors' rating on May 19, 2011