360fly

360fly 4K $517.88 2

3SIXT

3SIXT Full HD $63.42 6
3SIXT HD Sports $39.00 3

AEE

AEE S71 $399.00 1

Alpine

Alpine HCE-C155 $379.00 2

Bell Howell

Bell Howell DV10HD $164.36 1
Bell Howell DV12HDZ $159.99 5
Bell Howell DV200HD $74.99 3
Bell Howell DV30HD $38.85 17
Bell Howell DV50HD $155.99 8
Bell Howell Slice 2 DV7HD $93.59 15
Bell Howell Splash HD WV50 $160.28 5
Bell Howell T100HD $74.95 1
Bell Howell T200GB $51.99 1
Bell Howell WV30HD $134.99 1

Blackmagic

Blackmagic Design Micro Cinema $1,549.00 2
Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K $1,995.00 1
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema $1,499.00 3
Blackmagic Design URSA 4.6K PL $11,995.00 1
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K EF $6,395.00 2
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4.6K PL $8,399.00 1
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K EF $4,649.00 2
Blackmagic Design URSA Mini 4K PL $5,399.00 1

Brinno

Brinno BCC100 $341.30 4
Brinno BCC200 $470.00 6

Canon

Canon DC10 $499.99 1
Canon DC100 $49.00 1
Canon DMV-XL2 $5,821.41 6
Canon EOS C100 Mark II $4,779.00 2
Canon EOS C300 $9,679.00 5
Canon ES75 $379.99 1
Canon Legria HF G25 $1,172.60 8
Canon Legria HF G30 $1,641.90 2
Canon Legria HF G40 $1,915.89 10
Canon Legria HF R406 $380.25 1
Canon Legria HF R506 $345.30 2
Canon Legria HF R706 $408.30 3
Canon Legria HF R76 $389.00 3
Canon Legria HF R78 $464.00 3
Canon Legria HF R806 $296.01 12
Canon Vixia HF R70 $269.99 1
Canon Vixia HF R700 $229.99 5
Canon Vixia HF R72 $264.99 3
Canon Vixia HF R80 $249.99 7
Canon Vixia HF R800 $229.99 26
Canon Vixia HF R82 $339.95 6
Canon XA10 $3,147.26 1
Canon XA20 $2,193.70 4
Canon XA25 $2,717.00 6
Canon XA30 $2,449.00 13
Canon XA35 $3,190.00 7
Canon XC10 $2,387.00 12
Canon XC15 $3,649.00 1
Canon XF100 $3,012.83 7
Canon XF105 $3,631.64 3
Canon XF200 $3,980.00 5
Canon XF205 $4,440.00 6
Canon XF300 $5,239.06 6
Canon XF305 $5,715.84 5
Canon XH A1S $7,391.28 3
Canon XM2 $917.81 6

Contour

Contour HD 720p HD Helmet Camera $550.00 1
Contour Roam $399.99 1
Contour Roam 2 $175.29 1
Contour Roam 3 $349.00 2

DJI

DJI Osmo Pro $979.00 4
DJI Osmo Raw Combo $7,199.00 1
DJI Osmo X3 + Handle $929.00 8
DJI Osmo+ $843.88 10
DJI Zenmuse X5 $3,199.00 5
DJI Zenmuse X5R $6,199.00 2
DJI Zenmuse X5S $2,429.00 8

Garmin

Garmin Virb 360 $1,269.00 4
Garmin Virb Elite HD $928.46 1
Garmin Virb X $435.00 2
Garmin Virb XE $629.00 4

GoPro

GoPro HD Hero 2 Motorsports Edition $300.00 1
GoPro HD3+ LCD Touch BacPac $49.90 4
GoPro Hero + $319.90 5
GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition $629.00 1
GoPro Hero 3 White Edition $679.97 1
GoPro Hero 3+ Silver Edition $349.00 1
GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition $449.00 11
GoPro Hero 4 Session $264.00 10
GoPro Hero 4 Silver Edition $599.00 5
GoPro Hero 5 Black $450.00 49
GoPro Hero 5 Session $424.00 36
GoPro Hero 6 Black $763.71 38
GoPro Hero Session CHDHS102 $249.99 21
GoPro LCD Touch BacPac ALCDB-303 $122.03 5

HP

HP AC100 $78.17 1
HP AC200w $219.54 1
HP AC300W $129.99 2
HP F210 $127.85 1
HP F310 $99.99 1

Hvyourown

Hvyourown Snapcam 360 $117.29 1

Intova

Intova Sport Pro HD $114.99 1

ISAW

ISAW A3 $158.88 1
ISAW AIR 1080P CAM-05 $137.88 2
ISAW Edge Action Camera $229.00 2
ISAW Wing CAM-07 $179.90 1

JVC

JVC Everio G GZ-MG435 $259.95 1
JVC Everio GZ-E10 $426.91 1
JVC Everio GZ-E205 $469.69 1
JVC Everio GZ-E345 $354.75 1
JVC Everio GZ-HM300 $298.98 1
JVC Everio GZ-HM960 $851.89 1
JVC Everio GZ-MG750 $699.99 1
JVC Everio GZ-MG77 $298.98 1
JVC Everio GZ-MS130 $799.99 1
JVC Everio GZ-RX600 $427.90 4
JVC Everio GZ-V675 $207.26 2
JVC GC-XA1 $343.64 2
JVC GR-D371us $300.00 1
JVC GZ-E209 $279.99 1
JVC GZ-GX3 $1,196.92 1
JVC GZ-HM50 HD $224.99 1
JVC GZ-MS110 $278.98 1
JVC GZ-MS230 $239.99 2
JVC GZ-R10 $311.88 2
JVC GZ-R18 $319.88 3
JVC GZ-RX130 $398.00 2
JVC GZ-RX630 $479.88 3
JVC GZ-VX775B $1,025.81 1
JVC Picsio GC-FM-2 $164.99 2

Kaiser

Kaiser Baas R10+ 1080P $99.00 4
Kaiser Baas X2 $199.00 6
Kaiser Baas X3 $349.00 6
Kaiser Baas X4 $349.00 4
Kaiser Baas X90 $99.00 2

Kaiser Baas

Kaiser Baas X150 $347.90 2
Kaiser Baas X80 $203.00 1

Kodak

Kodak PixPro SP360 $739.88 1
Kodak Playsport ZX5 $249.99 1
Kodak ZI6 $119.34 1

Kogan

Kogan Full HD $109.00 2

Mamiya Leaf

Mamiya Leaf Aptus II 5 22MP $12,500.00 1
Mamiya Leaf Aptus II 6 28MP $12,900.00 1
Mamiya Leaf Aptus II 7 33MP $16,900.00 1
Mamiya Leaf Credo 40+645DF+80mm LS $20,460.00 1
Mamiya Leaf Credo 60 60mp $39,400.00 1
Mamiya Leaf Credo 80 80mp $48,500.00 1

Netgear

Netgear VMA4600 Arlo Solar Panel $159.00 3

Nikon

Nikon KeyMission 170 $458.00 19
Nikon KeyMission 360 $692.00 21
Nikon KeyMission 80 $496.60 11

Olympus

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III $200.00 7
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-Tracker $398.00 19

Panasonic

Panasonic AG-AF103 $6,129.00 1
Panasonic AG-HMC73 $4,272.00 1
Panasonic HC-MDH2 $1,399.00 1
Panasonic HC-PV100 $2,199.00 2
Panasonic HC-PV1000 $2,399.00 1
Panasonic HC-V110 $280.39 1
Panasonic HC-V180 $339.88 12
Panasonic HC-V250 $448.87 2
Panasonic HC-V270 HD $572.71 1
Panasonic HC-V360M-K $305.12 2
Panasonic HC-V380 $499.00 8
Panasonic HC-V385GN $547.00 7
Panasonic HC-V550K $499.95 1
Panasonic HC-V620M-T $461.00 1
Panasonic HC-V720M $800.34 1
Panasonic HC-V750K $799.95 1
Panasonic HC-V770 $676.12 9
Panasonic HC-V785 $749.00 7
Panasonic HC-VX870 $1,115.88 3
Panasonic HC-VX980M $995.00 5
Panasonic HC-VX981 $695.98 1
Panasonic HC-VX985 $1,064.00 7
Panasonic HC-VXF990 $1,145.88 6
Panasonic HC-W580 $429.99 1
Panasonic HC-W580K $347.99 5
Panasonic HC-W850 $653.90 1
Panasonic HC-WXF991K $797.99 2
Panasonic HC-WXF995 $1,480.00 6
Panasonic HC-X1 $5,299.00 3
Panasonic HDC-DX1GC-S $225.99 1
Panasonic HDC-MDH2 $1,355.88 3
Panasonic HDC-SD10 $399.99 1
Panasonic HDC-TM40 $369.99 1
Panasonic HX-A1 $280.97 3
Panasonic HX-A100 $249.00 4
Panasonic HX-A500 $235.26 2
Panasonic NV-GS75GN $899.99 1
Panasonic SDR-H100K $389.09 1
Panasonic SDR-S15 $225.99 3
Panasonic SDR-S26 $280.39 1
Panasonic SDR-S7 $225.99 1
Panasonic SDR-SW20 $198.89 2
Panasonic VDR-D250 $225.99 1
Panasonic VDR-D310 $280.39 1
Panasonic WXF 990 $1,280.00 1
Panasonic X1000 $3,590.00 2

Phase One

Phase One IQ140 $29,890.00 1
Phase One IQ160 $47,800.00 2
Phase One IQ180 $56,800.00 3
Phase One IQ250 50mp + 645DF body +80mm $47,900.00 3
Phase One IQ260 60mp + 645DF body +80mm $63,800.00 2
Phase One IQ280 80mp + 645DF body +80mm $67,800.00 3
Phase One IQ3 80mp $66,850.00 2
Phase One XF Incl Prism $12,891.00 2
Phase One XF Incl Prism + 80mm Ls $13,860.00 1
Phase One XF IQ3 Bundle 80mp XF 80mm Ls $62,680.00 3
Phase One XF Waist Level Viewfinder $1,265.00 2

Polaroid

Polaroid ID640 $44.99 1
Polaroid ID642 $41.88 1
Polaroid ID910 $299.99 1
Polaroid XS100 HD $209.99 1

Ricoh

Ricoh Theta S $499.88 3
Ricoh WG-M1 $445.00 2
Ricoh WG-M2 $424.88 2

Samsung

Samsung Gear 360 SM-C200 $329.00 7
Samsung Gear 360 SM-R210 (2017 Version) $293.00 11

Sanyo

Sanyo Xacti DMX-HD800 $317.39 2
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG100 $159.00 1
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CG20 $699.00 1
Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD1000 $799.00 1

Sony

Sony Bloggie MHS-TS22 $399.99 1
Sony DCR-PJ5E $349.85 1
Sony DCR-SR68 $507.00 1
Sony DCR-SR82E $458.15 1
Sony DCR-SX43E $277.09 1
Sony DCR-SX44E $458.00 1
Sony DCR-SX45E $199.99 2
Sony DCR-SX63ES $448.00 1
Sony DCR-SX83 $279.00 1
Sony DCR-SX85 $299.99 1
Sony FDR-AX1 $6,999.95 1
Sony FDR-AX100 $1,949.88 14
Sony FDR-AX33 $989.00 9
Sony FDR-AX40 $903.33 2
Sony FDR-AX53 $1,348.17 16
Sony FDR-AX700 $2,839.68 7
Sony FDR-AXP35 $1,287.00 3
Sony FDR-AXP55 $1,617.88 11
Sony FDR-X1000V $627.79 6
Sony FDR-X3000 $568.00 31
Sony HDR-AS10 $159.99 1
Sony HDR-AS100VR $549.00 1
Sony HDR-AS15 $120.00 4
Sony HDR-AS200V $277.00 3
Sony HDR-AS300 $398.00 23
Sony HDR-AS30V $334.89 4
Sony HDR-AS30VPK $329.00 3
Sony HDR-AS50 $288.00 24
Sony HDR-AZ1 $480.10 2
Sony HDR-CX110E $829.00 1
Sony HDR-CX240 $352.90 3
Sony HDR-CX260V $449.99 1
Sony HDR-CX380 $999.99 1
Sony HDR-CX405 $317.99 37
Sony HDR-CX430V $542.92 1
Sony HDR-CX440 $179.95 12
Sony HDR-CX450 $644.00 1
Sony HDR-CX455 $387.95 4
Sony HDR-CX535 $486.46 2
Sony HDR-CX590V $801.07 1
Sony HDR-CX625 $456.44 20
Sony HDR-CX670 $566.06 3
Sony HDR-CX675 $598.00 4
Sony HDR-CX900 $1,549.88 12
Sony HDR-FX1 $49.95 1
Sony HDR-MV1 $441.20 2
Sony HDR-PJ210 $324.99 5
Sony HDR-PJ410 $458.00 19
Sony HDR-PJ440 HD $579.88 1
Sony HDR-PJ440E $659.90 1
Sony HDR-PJ540E $1,100.10 3
Sony HDR-PJ580VE $850.00 1
Sony HDR-PJ670 $1,085.00 7
Sony HDR-PJ675 $1,125.00 2
Sony HDR-PJ790V $2,399.00 1
Sony HDR-PJ800 $805.77 2
Sony HDR-SR1E $802.67 1
Sony HDR-SR7E $953.39 1
Sony HDR-SR8E $915.67 1
Sony HVR-V1P $5,888.00 2
Sony HVR-Z5P $7,400.00 2
Sony HXR-MC2500 $1,795.00 2
Sony HXR-NX100 $3,499.00 1
Sony HXR-NX3 $4,863.00 1
Sony HXR-NX5 $5,499.00 1
Sony NEX-FS100 + 18-200 $8,555.00 1
Sony NEX-FS700R $14,499.00 1
Sony PMW-200 $11,733.00 1
Sony PXW-FS5 $7,599.00 5
Sony PXW-X70 $3,499.00 3

Swann

Swann SWDVK-4720P4 $499.00 2

TomTom

TomTom 1LB0.001.00 $573.20 1
TomTom Bandit 4k Action Camera $299.00 4
TomTom Bandit Premium Pack $309.00 14

Toshiba

Toshiba Camileo BW20 $197.00 1

Transcend

Transcend DrivePro Body 10 32GB $179.99 3

Veho

Veho VCC-003 Muvi Gum $41.50 1

Vivitar

Vivitar DVR508 $46.99 2
Vivitar DVR548 HD $59.99 1
Vivitar DVR783HD $74.99 7
Vivitar DVR786HD $99.99 2
Vivitar DVR787HD $99.99 3
Vivitar DVR794HD $99.99 3
Vivitar DVR850HD-12-RDBXPR $49.99 1
Vivitar DVR914HD $154.95 2
Vivitar DVR925 $45.00 2
Vivitar DVR960 $79.95 1
Vivitar DVR988HD $214.99 1

Xiaomi

Xiaomi Yi Action Camera $151.00 4

ZOOM

ZOOM Q2n Handy Video Recorder $169.98 9
ZOOM Q4n Handy $279.95 1
ZOOM Q8 Portable HD $629.00 4

Action Cameras & Camcorders Buying Guides

Camcorders have come a long way as they've advanced from heavyweight to lightweight gadgets, to even pocket-camera size! This reduction in size has been accompanied by an increase in the technical capabilities of the camcorder, with more in-built functions and better picture quality than in models from previous years.

What are the different types of Camcorders?

There are many different camcorders on the market, but before buying one, you need to understand the differences that exist between them. There are analog camcorders as well as digital ones. Analog camcorders record on a VHS tape and can be played back on a VHS player. Their picture quality and resolution is sometimes low. Digital camcorders offer the opportunity to record videos that can be played directly onto a television, and they usually have better picture quality and resolution than their analog counterpart. Videos recorded with digital cameras can easily be edited or uploaded to online sites or for sharing on social media etc.

Some camcorders can be small and cheap, but the quality of videos shot using them may be no better than what you'll get on a Smartphone. For covering family or group occasions, there are camcorders that are reasonably priced that can do the job perfectly well. Full-featured camcorders produce better videos, and action camcorders are made for hands-free shooting of sports activities etc. Interestingly, the quality of videos shot using pocket camcorders is improving, and the advantage of using them is their strong build and water-resistant qualities. Some people however comment that their view-finding functionality can be low.

 

Major Camcorder Features

High Definition (HD):  This feature is found in most camcorders these days, even those at the cheaper end of the market. HD videos are related to resolution and frames per second. These high definition cameras produce higher quality videos, with most of them being widescreen- adapted. HD camcorders can shoot in 1080i or 1080p resolutions.

Recording Format: Camcorders record in different formats. MPEG 2 is a file-type that doesn't compress videos efficiently. MPEG4 are more useful for uploading videos and audio on the web or social media platforms.

Recording Storage: Most camcorders use flash cards, SD cards or internal flash cards (or all three) for storage. There are a few camcorders with in-built storage systems,  but even then the storage capacity may not be big enough. The majority of camcorders will use SD cards to store recorded video, which may come with the camera or can be bought separately. Videos stored on SD cards can be transferred to PC's for editing using the SD slot on the laptop or computer.

There are also some camcorder models that make use of internal hard drives for storage. Such camcorders offer ease of use, and there is usually enough recording space to record for a number of hours. The USB port can be used to transfer recorded video to the computer, with transfer very easy since recorded data is already in a compatible form with that used in computers.

LCD Viewer: This is a common feature in all camcorders and most of them are widescreen. Some camcorders even have touch-LCD screens, but these are usually more expensive. The LCD offers a more convenient way of viewing your videos compared to those on a viewfinder. A disadvantage of having only an LCD display and no viewfinder on some camcorders, is that it can be difficult to view on sunny days and be a pain to use the menu in touch screen systems.

Image Stabiliser: You may not notice, but there's a lot shaking that occurs when the camcorder is held in the hands. Even if you think you have the most stable hands, the image stabiliser feature is necessary to reduce some of this shaking and small movements.  The image stabiliser can be optical or electronic, however to ensure there is no shaking at all, it's better to use tripods when shooting where possible.

Zoom, Optical Zoom and Digital Zoom: The zoom is usually controlled by pressing a slide-button found on the camcorder with a finger. The optical zoom relies on the lenses in the camera,  and will range between 10x and 50x. Digital zoom has a wider range of up to 400x but sometimes compromises the picture quality. Digital zoom works my enlarging the small pixels in a picture, hence images may become blurred as they are drawn closer. The zoom number you will find in camcorders on sale is actually a multiplication of the optical zoom and the digital zoom. It is often better to choose a camcorder with a higher optical zoom than one with a high digital zoom.

3D Capability: Some camcorders have the ability to shoot 3D videos. This works by the camcorder capturing two images that represents the left and right eyes. These images can also be created using special software.

Other features

Features like a headphone jack can be useful for those who intend to shoot video in noisy situations. The microphone jack will act as an add-on microphone, to give better sound capture when shooting people that are talking. For those who fancy transferring videos as they shoot, there are also some camcorder models with in-built Wi-Fi.

 

Popular Camcorders Brands

Popular Camcorders brands are GoPro , Sony and Panasonic.