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JVC HD Everio GZ-HM860 Review

  • Full HD video (1080/60p)
  • 10.6-megapixel BSI CMOS chip
  • 3.5-inch touch screen LCD
  • Takes 11-megapixel photos
  • Expensive
  • No optical image stabilization
  • No AF Assist lamp
  • LED light is useless
Our Score 7
User Score 0

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

Sony Bloggie 3D MHS-FS3 Review

  • Compact, lightweight, simple to use
  • 3D/2D stills and video
  • 2.4-inch auto-stereoscopic LCD
  • Poor 3D quality
  • Screen very dark in 3D
  • For online sharing only
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

Sony Bloggie Touch Review

  • Responsive, bright touchscreen
  • Simple, easy to learn and use UI and controls
  • Crisp, accurate stills and videos
  • Ability to take stills during recording
  • Slim, sleek, minimalist design
  • No SD card slot
  • No audio output jack
  • Chassis scratches easily; screen easily smudged
  • Can be awkward to hold when shooting stills
Our Score 8
User Score 3

Sony HDR-CX130 Review

  • 30x wide-angle lens
  • Excellent AVCHD videos
  • 3-inch touchscreen LCD
  • Nice compact design
  • Poor 3.3MP photos
  • Make sure you set LCD to bright when in tough…
  • Some inscrutable icons
Our Score 8
User Score 8

Kodak Playfull Ze1 Review

  • Compact, stylish design
  • Best-in-class image stabilization
  • Surprising low-light prowess
  • Easy to use
  • Reasonable price
  • Full 1080p output
  • In-camera editing, effects, sharing
  • Slightly oversaturated colors
  • No mic jack, removable battery, macro mode
  • Tricky side door
Our Score 8
User Score 0

JVC Everio GS-TD1 Review

  • Records high-quality Full HD 3D video (MP4 MVC)
  • 3.5-inch auto-stereoscopic touch panel LCD
  • Touch GUI works well
  • 64GB onboard flash memory, also accepts SDXC cards
  • Expensive
  • Poor still quality especially indoors
  • Definitely need a larger, spare battery
Our Score 8
User Score 6

Canon Vixia HF M40 Review

  • Quality Full HD video
  • 16GB onboard flash
  • Dual SDXC card slots
  • Fast focusing 10x optical zoom
  • Inferior 2MP still quality
  • Mic amplifies wind noise
  • Doesn’t record 1080/60p
Our Score 7.5
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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