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Canon Vixia HF S20 Review

  • Superior video and stills
  • Excellent 3.5” touch screen
  • 32GB built-in memory
  • Dual SD cards for additional storage
  • Good optical image stabilization system
  • Expensive
  • Eats batteries; definitely grab a spare
  • Digital noise without enough light (still/video)
  • Not SDXC card compatible
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Kodak Zi8 Review

  • True 1080p video resolution
  • Superior image quality
  • Electronic image stabilization (EIS)
  • External microphone input
  • Accepts inexpensive SD cards up to 32GB
  • Easy to use
  • Flexible built-in USB arm
  • Larger than competitors
  • EIS can’t smooth all jitters
  • Lukewarm ArcSoft software package
Our Score 8
User Score 9

Sony HDR-CX520V Review

  • Compact, lightweight
  • Full AVCHD video
  • 64GB onboard memory
  • 12x optical zoom
  • Excellent OIS system and sound
  • Expensive
  • Flash stills fine, poor unless enough light
  • LCD should be better
  • No electronic viewfinder
Our Score 7.5
User Score 0

Flip MinoHD 2nd Generation (120 Min) Review

  • Compact
  • pocketable form factor; captures sharp 720p…
  • Overpriced relative to competitors; lacks 1080p…
Our Score 6.5
User Score 0

JVC Everio GZ-HM400 Review

  • Excellent 24Mbps AVCHD video; low digital noise…
  • Inaccurate Laser Touch controls; mic picks up too…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Samsung HMX-H106 Review

  • First solid state drive HD camcorder
  • Needs faster bit rate
  • better photos
Our Score 8
User Score 7

JVC Everio X GZ-X900 Review

  • Full HD
  • 9MP stills
  • 5x zoom
  • unique form factor
  • Love-it-or-hate-it styling
Our Score 7
User Score 0

Sony HDR-TG5V Review

  • Great quality HD video; advanced functions usually…
  • Expensive; average bundled software; touchscreen…
  • are slower to access than physical buttons.
Our Score 8.5
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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