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High-end consumer camcorders for the English-speaking market

I've been looking for a high-end consumer camcorder, and I can't seem to find one set up for English-speaking users. All of the consumer camcorders I see are low to mid level units. Beyond that are only prosumer products. I had my eye on the Sony HDR-CX720V, until I found out that it didn't support English language (the manuals and the on-screen menus are in Japanese, exclusively). I'm looking for features like advanced image stabilization, that lower-end camcorders seem to lack, but I don't feel like paying for (or lugging around) a prosumer camcorder.

Were can I find a 1080p, high-end consumer camcorder, with a similar feature set to the CX720V, in North America?

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No mention where you looked

Generally, the manufacturer's websites are good sources. Sony, Canon, Panasonic, JVC are the usual suspects.

Since the HDR-CX720 is market-specific to Japan (and four years old) it is a bit of a challenge for US folks to understand what you mean by "similar feature set to the CX720V".

Assuming the HDR-CX720 would have been ~US$1,000, there are several possibilities from the different "tier 1" manufacturers:

Sony: HDR-CX900 (1080p) & FDR-AX53 (4K)
Canon: HF-G40 (1080p)
Panasonic: HC-WXF991K (4K)
JVC: GC-PX100B (1080p)

All have Optical Image Stabilization. The 4K cams can also do 1080p via menu option selection. Most - perhaps all - have external mic audio input (3.5mm stereo connector). The 2 Sonys may also have NightShot mode (infrared illuminator built in for zero visible light monochrome video capture). Each manufacturer has lower priced units with some sort of optical stabilization, too...

If you can be a little more specific on budget and feature set, we might be able to help more specific with model numbers.

As for "where to find them"... amazon, bhphotovideo, abesofmaine, adorama, frys, Best Buy, Target and many other retailers... It depends where you are and how you want to purchase (online, brick/mortar shop).

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I like the models you listed. Not that I'm buying today.

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