Editors' Choice

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

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Our Score 8

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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
Our Score 6.5

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

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

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

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

Sony Handycam HDR-PJ430V Review

  • Excellent high-definition video quality at…
  • Great still image capture
  • Built-in projector
  • Improved optical image stabilization
  • External mic and stereo headphone ports
  • Projected image is dim at larger sizes.
  • No viewfinder
Our Score 8

Contour Roam2 Review

  • Simple and no-nonsense use
  • Rotating lens with laser leveling
  • Solid construction
  • Automatic exposure and white balance settings…
  • Settings must be changed while plugged into…
  • Lacks manual control
  • Included mounts are adhesive based
Our Score 7.5

JVC GC-XA1 Review

  • Good high-def video capture at 1080p
  • Easy menu navigation
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Uses standard SDHC memory card
  • Extremely lightweight and rugged
  • Don’t use it to shoot still images
  • Short battery life (about one hour per charge)
  • Small 1.5-inch LCD screen
Our Score 7