It would be easy to dismiss the ViewSonic 3DV5 as a gimmick, but we have to admit we had fun with it. The pocket camcorder makes filming and viewing your own 3D videos and photos simple and affordable.
Fairly affordable and offering a decent balance of abilities, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-SH1 is a good camcorder that takes notable still photos. Superior video quality is available elsewhere, however, for around the same price.
Toshiba's Camileo SX500 is not a bad little camcorder for its price. It has more than a few imperfections, but both picture quality and selection of features are better than most of its immediate rivals.
By no means a spectacular camcorder, the Canon Legria HF R16 is also by no means a dud. If you can find it for a good price, you'll be pleased by its features and usability.
With the help of an extremely powerful zoom lens, image stabiliser and copious storage, the Panasonic SDR-H85 manages to transcend the limitations of its standard-definition recording format and offer a viable alternative to those who aren't ready for an HD camcorder.
It's small, tough and -- yes -- it's waterproof, too. But resistance to fluids alone isn't enough to justify the JVC Picsio GC-WP10's comparatively high cost, particularly when much cheaper camcorders often offer similar quality video and a wider selection of features.
In the right circumstances, the Canon Legria HF M31's picture quality can easily impress. But poor low-light performance and a sorely misjudged control system let down this otherwise decent camcorder
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 'dual camera' Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG100 has its fair share of flaws, but it's not a bad compromise for people who don't want to carry two separate devices around. Don't expect to get broadcast-quality video though
The Kodak Zi8 might not look much like a camcorder, but you'd be wrong to write it off as just a toy. While you're never going to get broadcast-quality video out of it, the Zi8 is compact, straightforward and capable of producing some relatively impressive recordings
For the price, you'd be hard pressed to beat the Panasonic HDC-HS200 in terms of picture quality, and it also features one of the better touchscreen menu systems out there. But a number of conspicuously absent manual features means it sits awkwardly between Panasonic's cheaper consumer camcorders and its higher-end prosumer range
The Toshiba Gigashot A100F is a substantial yet elegant high-definition camcorder. Simplicity of operation is a virtue for anyone looking for decent footage and a giant memory, while for this kind of price we can forgive the lack of viewfinder and hotshoe
The Sony DCR-SR290E digital camcorder should appeal to casual, snapshooter-type videographers, but it's somewhat pricey, since its video quality still can't match better MiniDV camcorders
There's no doubt about it -- the Canon HG10 takes sharp, well-exposed photos and HD videos. Unfortunately, its poor design and audio control make it hard to recommend above its competitors
With improved video quality, a slightly trimmer design, and upgraded software package, the Flip Video Ultra is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the emerging low-end digital camcorder category.
Forget home movies, the Panasonic S10 is a weather- and drop-proof camcorder that's happier shooting in the surf, halfway up a mountain or in torrential rain. It's small, sexy and simple to use, although you'll need to avoid low light if don't want your movies to descend into a dull, grainy mess
Although the hard-disk format has yet to come of age, there's plenty to recommend here. The MG505 is a solid and impressively specced camcorder that pushes the format that little bit closer to superseding tape
It may not be enough to record your entry for Cannes, but the MV930 is an exceptionally capable, affordable holiday camcorder. Good performance in well-lit environments makes it the perfect companion on sun holidays. Sticklers for top image quality will want to consider something a little more fiesty, but for casual use this is a strong contender