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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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

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

Panasonic HDC-SDT750 Review

  • Valiant attempt for 3D home video
  • 12x optical zoom ranging from 35-420mm
  • 3MOS imaging system (7.59MP total)
  • Great 1080/60p setting
  • 3D lens limits camcorder too much
  • 3D effects not impressive
  • Too expensive
  • Printed photos lack pop
Our Score 7

Flip UltraHD (Third Generation) Review

  • Gyro-based anti-jitter
  • 60 fps smoothes out footage
  • 16-pin FlipPort allows third-party accessories
  • Runs on both lithium ion cell and alkaline AAA
  • Less natural color, less contrast than previous…
  • No still image capture
  • Micro HD jack, no included cable or adapter
  • Too expensive for too few capabilities
Our Score 7

JVC HD Everio GZ-HM1 Review

  • Outstanding video quality
  • Built-in 64GB flash memory
  • Very good stills
  • Superior image stabilization system
  • Good low-light shooting
  • Expensive, definitely not a Flip
  • LCD screen should be larger and better
  • Still don’t like the Laser Touch interface
  • Eats batteries
  • Clunky accessory adaptor system
  • Doesn’t accept SDXC cards
Our Score 8

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5K Review

  • Shoots full 1080p video, 5-megapixel stills
  • Swiveling lens provides protection, versatility
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Large 2.4-inch screen
  • Reasonably priced
  • Accepts SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards
  • Subpar video quality
  • Dismal quality on panoramic videos
  • Pronounced rolling shutter effect, motion blur
  • No HDMI output
  • Awkwardly placed record button
  • 29-minute recording cap
Our Score 6.5

Cisco Flip SlideHD Review

  • Large 3-inch screen for viewing
  • Captures sharp 720p video
  • Generous 16GB internal memory
  • HDMI and headphone outputs
  • Intuitive FlipShare software
  • Bulkier and heavier than comparable cams
  • Touch controls complicate shooting
  • Sloppy, unintuitive playback controls
  • Too expensive for pocket camcorder
  • No included HDMI cable
  • No still mode, SD card slot, or electronic image…
  • Suffers from motion blur
Our Score 6

Sony Bloggie MHS-PM5 Review

  • Shoots full 1080p video, 5-megapixel stills
  • Swiveling lens provides protection, versatility
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Large 2.4-inch screen
  • Reasonably priced
  • Accepts SD and Memory Stick Pro Duo cards
  • Subpar video quality
  • Pronounced rolling shutter effect, motion blur
  • No HDMI output
  • Awkwardly placed record button
  • 29-minute recording cap
Our Score 6.5