Best Camcorders

Check out the best camcorders, as rated by Digital Trends’ expert reviewers.

Best CamcordersDeciding what to put on our “best camcorders” list is a tough one because your needs will vary as much as the next person’s. If you’ve taken a look at our comprehensive camcorder buying guide, you know there are a mountain of features at various price points to choose from. Should you go for the small and lightweight camcorder that relies on flash memory, or something a little more robust and which might use an SSD hard drive? Picture quality will also vary a lot depending on how much you are willing to spend. We have compiled a list of our favorite camcorders based on features and value. We encourage you to click through and read our full camcorder reviews including the user reviews, before opening your wallet and making a decision. Best of luck!

Our best camcorders list is continually updated as we review new products that enter the market.

Sony NEX-VG30H

As a consumer camcorder, the Sony NEX-VG30H is pricey for most, but it gives you the benefits of interchangeable lenses and a large sensor that let you create cinema-quality video.

  • Features Touchscreen, 1080p Full HD Recording, 720p recording, 1080i recording
  • Release Date 9/12/2012
  • Release Price $2699.99
  • Width 4.12"
  • Height 5.62"
  • Pros: Lens interchangeability with E-mount and Alpha- mount lenses , Depth-of-field control for cinematic…
  • Cons: Can get very expensive if you add additional lenses , Too cumbersome for one-handed use , Some audio…
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Sony FDR-AX100

While the Sony FDR-AX100 is probably not going to be the first choice for professional shooters, they'd be foolish to rule it out, especially if they want to travel (relatively) light and still get great video.

  • Features Touchscreen, 1080p Full HD Recording, 4K Recording
  • Release Date 3/17/2014
  • Release Price $1999.99
  • Color Black
  • Internal Image Stabilization Yes
  • Pros: Incredible 4K video , High-quality still photos , Wi-Fi remote control , Excellent build quality…
  • Cons: Main control ring not as precise , Sun washes out LCD , Complicated onscreen info , Touchscreen can…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

JVC Adixxion GC-XA2

If you’re in the market for a rugged camera for capturing all of your outdoor exploits, the JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 should be on your list of serious competitors.

  • Features 720p recording, 1080p Full HD recording, 1080i recording
  • Release Date 6/9/2013
  • Release Price $299.99
  • Width 2.9"
  • Height 2.1"
  • Pros: Good-quality HD video , Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved lens , Rugged exterior, no casing…
  • Cons: Only one mount included
Our Score 8
User Score 0

GoPro Hero 4 Black

Even if you’re not a pro shooter, the ability to capture in glorious 4K is a worthy investment.

  • Release price $499.99
  • Pros: Great picture quality at 4K resolution , Ability to capture high frame rates , 12-megapixel photos…
  • Cons: Battery life is inadequate , No preview screen , Difficult to make menu changes without app
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Sony Action Cam Mini HDR-AZ1

If you want an action camera that's simple to use and delivers great image quality, the Sony AZ1 is a no brainer.

  • Release date 9/2014
  • Release price $248
  • Width 0.97 in
  • Height 1.44 in
  • Depth 3 in
  • Pros: Great image quality , Compact size , Rugged body without housing , Bundle includes remote
  • Cons: Short battery life , No fine-tuning adjustments , High-bitrate requires SDXC card
Our Score 8
User Score 0

GoPro Hero4 Silver

As simple or sophisticated as you want it to be, GoPro’s Hero4 Silver will impress pros and hobbyists alike with outstanding video and photo quality that far exceeds its humble “action cam” label.

  • Release price $400
  • Pros: Great video and photo quality , Simple yet sophisticated , Vivid touchscreen , Highly stable Wi-Fi
  • Cons: Limited battery life , Some issues with pixelation , Can’t handle bright, direct light
Our Score 8
User Score 2

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition

The GoPro Hero3 is a small camera that’s designed to shoot high-resolution videos and be easy to use, however, for users new to GoPro, it’s not exactly as simple as Felix Baumgartner jumping back to Earth.

  • Features Rugged/Waterproof, 720p recording, 1080p Full HD recording
  • Release Date 10/22/2012
  • Release Price $199.99
  • Width 1.2"
  • Height 2.3"
  • Pros: Small size , Crisp images in nearly all lighting conditions , Durable waterproof case can survive…
  • Cons: Battery life is dismal , No off-camera battery charger , Lots of small pieces that are easy to lose…
Our Score 7.5
User Score 0

Polaroid Cube

Polaroid’s Cube isn’t as tough as a GoPro or as high-quality as a handheld cam, but at $99, the easy-to-use action cam makes a novel way to shoot from new perspectives.

  • Release date 4/12/2014
  • Release price $99.99
  • Width 1.4 in
  • Height 1.4 in
  • Depth 1.4 in
  • Pros: Easy to use , Compact and lightweight , Inexpensive , Easily mounted to anything metal
  • Cons: No conventional mount included , Video quality less than some phones
Our Score 7
User Score 10

HTC RE Camera

HTC’s funky Re breaks away from boxy GoPro wannabes with a periscope-shaped design, but doesn’t do enough differently to justify its $200 price.

  • Width 1.04 in
  • Height 3.8 in
  • Pros: Funky but thoughtful design , Wide-angle lens , Instantly ready to use , Shoots decent photos
  • Cons: Additional features, settings buried in app , Video quality could be better , Short battery life…
Our Score 7
User Score 0


The toughened-up JVC R10 is a decent camcorder, but just don't take it swimming.

  • Release date 1/7/2014
  • Release price $399
  • Width 2.4 in
  • Height 2.3 in
  • Depth 4.8 in
  • Pros: Simple-to-use design and UI , Small, lightweight, tough , Powerful zoom lens , Effective…
  • Cons: Water sealing system not fool-proof , Tinny sound due to waterproofing , Hand-holding at longest…
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0