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.
An action cam with a lot of features, excellent video quality and a more affordable price, the YI 4K is undeniably a good deal.
A decent pocket camcorder that's also a makeshift snapshot camera, the Canon Optura S1 is not an optimal choice for indoor shooting.
While its predecessor had prosumer aspirations, the Panasonic PV-GS500 is strictly for casual videographers who want top-notch video on autopilot.
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.
Canon's first flash-based camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF10, delivers excellent HD video quality and performance in a tiny package.
A leaner, lighter version of its top POV camera, the Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1 puts big performance in a little package.
If you're not interested in being able to record HD footage, you'll find this standard definition camcorder a good bet.
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.
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.
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
Sony's first action camera is good. It just needs a few design tweaks and feature fixes to make it stand out even more.
The CX130 is an impressive camcorder within its price range, featuring a stylish exterior and large LCD screen, though its image and video quality don't quite live up to the aesthetics.
With a good zoom, a reasonable array of features and ease of use for both novices and more experienced users, the Samsung VP-DC163i would be a suitable camera for anyone looking for a decent camcorder option on a reasonable budget.
As long as you don't do a lot of low-light shooting, the Q10 is a cute little full HD camcorder designed for left- and right-handed users.
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.
At its best, the Canon Vixia HF M3x series--composed of the M300, M30, M31, and M32--delivers a very good blend of video quality, features, and performance for the money, but some people may find the touch-screen interface extremely frustrating to use and the battery life painfully short. Plus, you really need to bump up to the highest bit rate quality. Of the series, the HF M300 is the best deal.
The GoPro Hero5 Session brings top-notch features to an already great design.