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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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

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
Our Score 8

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
Our Score 6.5

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
Our Score 6.5

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

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

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