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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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

Creative Vado HD (3rd Generation) Review

  • Superior low-light performance
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Slender and lightweight
  • Manual exposure control
  • Inexpensive
  • Unnaturally tinted colors
  • Touch controls less precise than hard buttons
  • Poor automatic exposure adjustment
  • Half the memory as competitors, predecessor
  • No external storage slot
  • No macro mode
  • Durability issues with USB arm
Our Score 7

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

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

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

Flip MinoHD 2nd Generation (120 Min) Review

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