Editors' Choice

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

GoPro Hero5 Black review

With voice control, image stabilization, and loads of great new features, the Hero5 Black is the best GoPro yet. See Full Review »

Our Score 8

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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

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