Though the GoPro Hero is nearly devoid of features, this entry point for GoPro's lineup is just enough to get you started in the world of little, mountable cameras.
The GoPro Hero3 Silver and White editions are strong contenders in the sports camera market, but the faster, more powerful Black Edition is head and shoulders the best sports camera on the market today.
With a bit of tweaking, the Garmin Dash Cam 20 is a (mostly) silent witness that watches the road without attracting the driver's attention.
GoPro killer? Not quite, but it's more than a warning shot.
JVC's move to offer consumers a durable family camcorder is solid, but the quadproof Everio GZ-R10 on the whole comes up short.
This cheap and largely mediocre camcorder isn't entirely without merits. Picture quality isn't among them, however, so we'd struggle to get too enthusiastic about the Toshiba Camileo H30, whatever the price.
Panasonic's dual-hard-drive/SD card camcorder delivers average quality. It's not a terrible camcorder, but it's not one that stands out, and the lack of HD recording is a notable omission.
The Canon Legria HF G10 camcorder's video quality is great, but its high cost and a few minor flaws mean it's lost some points in our book.
DVD camcorders are, for the moment at least, not capable of matching the output of a cheap MiniDV camcorder. None the less, the convenience of shooting your footage straight to a DVD that can be played back in a normal DVD player makes the 7E an attractive proposition
It's not the most glamorous model on the market, but JVC's Everio GZ-HM330 will easily provide most families with everything they need from a high-definition camcorder, for a very acceptable price.
Sony's Handycam DCR-SR58E is one of the better standard-definition camcorders we've seen of late. It's easy to use and offers some genuinely useful features. It is, however, let down by its appalling photo quality.
It's easy to forgive the Miniket for its sub-par image quality when you're watching footage back on the TV at home. Sitting on a sofa with a hot cup of tea, re-living the moment you leapt off a BMX jump and crashed spectacuarly is a joy. We hope that the next iteration of this camcorder brings better image quality. For now, at least, the Miniket is a novelty that will supplement, but not replace your existing sports camcorder
Panasonic arrives at the hard drive party just as everyone is leaving for the hi-def shindig up the road. The H250 has a lot to recommend it today -- notably a great lens, flexible storage and usable manual features -- but it'll soon look as quaint and outmoded as VHS
The Sony Handycam HDR-CX115E is a small but surprisingly feature-packed, high-quality camcorder. It's comparatively cheap and easy to use, too. Still photos aren't much cop, but this is a fine video device in all other respects.
Commendable performance and plenty of storage space make the Canon Legria HF M41 camcorder one to consider for advanced users. But competition is tough at this price point and there could be more attractive options available, depending on your requirements.
Despite the recent interest in hard-disk based camcorders, we still love the ignoble MiniDV format for its unchallenged picture quality and easy availability the world over. Because it's a well-trodden technology, new MiniDV cameras like the GR-D240 offer what were once premium features for a surprisingly low investment
Its average photo quality is a shame, but the Panasonic HDC-SD60 still comes highly recommended -- few entry-level camcorders have impressed us so much in terms of both features and video performance.
The Canon Legria HF S21 sets new standards for home-video image quality. The camcorder is large, expensive and complicated to use, but if you're after the best, you're unlikely to hold any of these factors against it.