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Sony FDR-AX100 Review

  • Incredible 4K video
  • High-quality still photos
  • Wi-Fi remote control
  • Excellent build quality, manageable size
  • Main control ring not as precise
  • Sun washes out LCD
  • Complicated onscreen info
  • Touchscreen can be unresponsive
Our Score 8
User Score 0

JVC Adixxion GC-XA2 Review

  • Good-quality HD video
  • Back-illuminated CMOS sensor, improved lens
  • Rugged exterior, no casing needed
  • Uses full-sized SD cards
  • Only one mount included
Our Score 8
User Score 0

GoPro Hero3 Black Edition Review

  • Small size
  • Crisp images in nearly all lighting conditions
  • Durable waterproof case can survive almost…
  • Wi-Fi remote control
  • Smartphone app
  • Protune mode for cinema-style images
  • Battery life is dismal
  • No off-camera battery charger
  • Lots of small pieces that are easy to lose
  • Getting started isn’t straightforward for…
  • Included mounts won’t cover all activities

Canon Vixia Mini Review

  • Easy to use
  • Small, compact design
  • Lots of creative applications
  • Wi-Fi for remote control and wireless…
  • Somewhat limited practicality
  • Unstable video when handholding
  • Frustrating Wi-Fi experience

Sony NEX-VG30H Review

  • Lens interchangeability with E-mount and Alpha-…
  • Depth-of-field control for cinematic storytelling…
  • Large sensor delivers great video and photo…
  • Superb surround audio capture
  • Can get very expensive if you add additional…
  • Too cumbersome for one-handed use
  • Some audio focusing noise with certain Alpha…
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Canon VIXIA HF M52 Review

  • High-quality 1080i HD
  • 1/3-inch CMOS sensor for better low-light, better…
  • Easy-to-use zoom control for consistent zoom speed…
  • Aperture and shutter priority modes
  • Microphone input with manual audio recording
  • JPEG resolution only 2MB
  • Menu interface has a learning curve
  • Standby mode will cause battery to drain quickly
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Samsung HMX-QF30 Review

  • Affordable Full HD video-capture solution
  • Wi-Fi connectivity with Ustream
  • Compact, easy to hold and operate
  • Average video quality
  • Unresponsive touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi, smartphone app quirks
Our Score 6
User Score 0

JVC HD Everio GZ-VX815 Review

  • High-definition 1080/60p video recording
  • 12-megapixel JPEG still images
  • Compact, slim profile
  • Wi-Fi with remote monitoring
  • Short battery life
  • Menu navigation sometimes quirky
  • Zoom control speed jumpy
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Editor Camcorder Reviews

Hi, I’m David Elrich and I do many of the camcorder reviews at DigitalTrends.com. As a long-time CE journalist, I’ve seen camcorders morph from shoulder-mounted monstrosities to tiny models that capture full HD 3D video. Although digital cameras and smartphones can grab acceptable video clips, nothing beats a full-featured camcorder for videos you’ll want to preserve for years and show off to friends and family on a big-screen HDTV. Use the checkboxes below to help narrow your search.

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