Editors' Choice

We review hundreds of products in a wide range of categories each year. Here's the best of the best in camcorders.

Garmin Virb XE HD Action Camera review

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Our Score 8

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Vievu2 Review

  • Solid aluminum body
  • Rugged, waterproof
  • Simple to use
  • Wi-Fi pairing with smartphones
  • So-so video quality, no photos
  • Inconsistent stability with Wi-Fi connections
  • No extra benefits for its target user
  • Difficult to wear
  • Poor battery life
Our Score 5

HTC RE Camera Review

  • Funky but thoughtful design
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Instantly ready to use
  • Shoots decent photos
  • Additional features, settings buried in app
  • Video quality could be better
  • Short battery life
  • Overpriced
Our Score 7

GoPro Hero4 Silver Review

  • Great video and photo quality
  • Simple yet sophisticated
  • Vivid touchscreen
  • Highly stable Wi-Fi
  • Limited battery life
  • Some issues with pixelation
  • Can’t handle bright, direct light
Our Score 8

Polaroid Cube Review

  • Easy to use
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Inexpensive
  • Easily mounted to anything metal
  • No conventional mount included
  • Video quality less than some phones
Our Score 7

JVC GZ-R10 Review

  • Simple-to-use design and UI
  • Small, lightweight, tough
  • Powerful zoom lens
  • Effective anti-vibration system at reasonable zoom…
  • Decent HD video quality
  • Water sealing system not fool-proof
  • Tinny sound due to waterproofing
  • Hand-holding at longest zoom lengths not really…
  • Some purple fringing at longest zoom settings
Our Score 6.5

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

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

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
Our Score 7.5