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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

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

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

Drift HD Ghost Review

  • Outstanding HD video quality up to 1080p
  • Two-way remote control
  • Rotating 3-way field-of-view lens
  • Wi-Fi for off-camera viewing on smartphones
  • Included accessory mounts
  • Quirky menu interface
  • MicroSDHC memory card: tricky to insert, easy to…
  • Wi-Fi ad hoc only

Samsung HMX-W300 Review

  • Inexpensive
  • Small and easy to hold
  • Simple user interface
  • Poor to average image quality
  • Auto share isn’t exactly auto share
  • Less than attractive design

Samsung HMX-QF20 Review

  • Wireless sharing and backup
  • Lots of built-in features and adjustments
  • Easy-to-navigate UI
  • Manual focus is a nice feature
  • Still image quality is poor
  • Surprisingly feels too small
  • Wireless sharing is clunky
  • LCD can’t handle direct sun
  • Hard-to-control zoom

JVC GC-PX10 Review

  • Excellent video
  • Very good photos (both need lots of light)
  • Versatile 10x zoom lens
  • Difficulty focusing in low light
  • Noisy in low light as well
  • Bulky, somewhat awkward
  • Not AVCHD 2.0
Our Score 7
User Score 9

Olympus LS-20M Review

  • Lightweight, slim design
  • Superior audio recording capabilities
  • Uninteresting in-screen UI
  • Awkward camera positioning
  • Difficult to capture decent video without a tripod
Our Score 6.5
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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