Best Camcorders

Times have never been better for the best camcorders – 4K cameras are now available at all prices. More and more people are realizing that having a dedicated camera designed for filming – and with a large built-in zoom – often means that when choosing the best camera for video, a camcorder is a much better choice than a general-purpose camera or smartphone. There are many things to consider if you’re buying a camcorder, with the market ranging from low-budget family models to professional kits that are almost good enough for broadcast productions.

What resolution do you need? How big a camcorder can you carry? Do you plan to shoot mainly on location or in the studio? As you can imagine, there are a lot of things to think about.

Best Camcorders of 2020

The best camcorders cover models suitable for serious video use, and our best family camcorders offer features designed for those who want great functionality at a reasonable price.

1. Sony FDR-AX43

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Sony FDR-AX43 UHD 4K Handycam Camcorder

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$748.00 $849.99

The FDR-AX43 may be compact, but it doesn’t skimp on features. Equipped with a Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T lens, the FDR-AX43 features 20x optical zoom, 4K shooting (with super-sampling for 1080p displays), a low-noise Exmor R CMOS sensor, and dual video recording in XAVC S or AVCHD, plus an easy-to-share MP4. For those who want convincing surround sound when playing back footage in a home theater or soundbar, a 5.1 multi-channel microphone is also available.

Expect limitations in low light, but if you’re looking for an easy-to-manage yet powerful 4K shooting system, then this model is a fantastic choice, and it’s the balance of functionality, portability, and price that’s why it’s our top choice.

2. Sony FDR-AX700

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Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR Camcorder, Black

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$1,798.00 $1,899.99

The FDR-AX700 is a super-spec 4K camcorder with a one-inch Exmor RS CMOS sensor that shoots 4K video in SDR and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) HDR. Its features include a 12x zoom, a large 3.5-inch viewfinder, two SD card slots, and advanced phase-detection AF. The FDR-AX700 uses XAVC S for 4K and HD recording, with 100 Mbps for 4K and 50 Mbps for 1080p. It will also shoot in 1080p at 120 fps. The BIONZ X image processor of the brand allows keeping sharp images. The FDR-AX700 is one of the best camcorders for passionate videographers and even aspiring filmmakers. A standard SMPTE timecode can be included on recordings. Playback of shots includes super slow motion.

3. Canon Vixia HF G60

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Canon VIXIA HF G40 Full HD Camcorder

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$934.95 $1,099.99

The Vixia HF G60 is the latest 4K model for serious amateurs and semi-professionals. It doesn’t just shoot in 4K but has a large 1-inch sensor and a nine-blade diaphragm that will give your images a more cinematic look than the smaller models. However, with its familiar layout, it’s certainly a good backup model for someone who has used more basic camcorders. It features a 15x zoom lens with five-axis image stabilization, a 3-inch touch screen that folds down, and a tilting viewfinder at eye level. Another useful feature is that there are two SD card slots. Overall, this is one of the best camcorders.

4. Canon Vixia HF R80

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Canon VIXIA HF R800 Portable Video Camera Camcorder with Audio Input(Microphone),3.0-Inch Touch...

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$249.00 $299.99

This palm-sized Canon Vixia HF R80 is designed for family fun. It records 1080p on a 16GB internal memory, expandable with an SD card. It features a huge 57x digital zoom, DIGIC DV4 image processing, and an intelligent image stabilizer with zoom framing assistance. It even comes with a set of filters, including matching Cinema-Looks and an advanced baby mode, which lets you create albums for up to three children, automatically recording video footage into a designated album. It’s inexpensive to buy and fun to use. Overall, this is one of the best camcorders.

5. Sony HDR-CX405

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Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)

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$198.00 $228.00

You don’t have to spend a lot to make great movies. The Sony HDR-CX405 sells for less than $200, but it comes with a host of sophisticated tips to help you make great movies. The camcorder simultaneously records in XAVC S or AVCHD and MP4 format, compatible with file sharing, and you can edit inside the camera with the built-in Highlight Movie Maker. You can even apply a variety of visual effects without the hassle of separate editing programs. Optical SteadyShot, with its efficient Intelligent Active Mode technology, makes it possible to fight against handshakes.

There’s a 30x Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar optical zoom with an impressive 26.8 mm wide-angle setting. The camcorder even has 5.1 audio capture. The user-friendliness is good. We especially like the USB cable, which allows you to charge the camcorder and copy the images to a PC. Given the specifications, you may find it hard to justify extra expenses, which makes it one of the best camcorders for filmmakers on a limited budget.

6. Sony FDR-X3000

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Sony FDRX3000/W Underwater Camcorder 4K, White

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$368.00 $398.00

Capable of filming in 4K at 30 frames per second, this dinky action camera will bring welcome detail to your sports images. Using a Zeiss Tessar wide-angle lens, the Sony FDR-X3000 uses the same BIONZ X image processor as the Sony A7 camera range, aided by a Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer (aka B.O.SS). It will shoot in 4K in XAVC S, and in HD at 30fps in MP4. The FDR-X3000 is delivered with underwater housing, waterproof up to 60m. It is also equipped with a remote monitor of watch type, the RM-LVR3. It is wirelessly connected to the action camera by Wi-Fi. It is an effective and exciting alternative to the GoPro Hero or any other action camera. Overall, this is one of the best camcorders.

7. JVC Everio GZ-R460

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JVC Everio GZ-R460 Quad Proof 1080p HD Video Camera Camcorder (Orange)

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A true pocket rocket, this palm-sized go-anywhere Everio is one of the best camcorders for the eternal adventurer. In addition to its Quad Proof chassis (waterproof up to 5 m, dust and frost resistant, and shock resistant with drops up to 1.5 m), the GZ-R460 has a five-hour battery life and records 1080p on a 4 GB flash memory, expandable with an SD card. It can also be easily uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. Other features include 40x optical zoom and an advanced image stabilizer. It can even take pictures (but only at 10MP).

8. Panasonic HC-X2000

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Panasonic X2000 4K Professional Camcorder with 24x Optical Zoom, WiFi HD Live...

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$2,197.99

If you want to film like a pro, then the HC-X2000 from Panasonic is the best running camcorder on our list. Capable of recording in 2160p at 60fps, it is designed for event videographers and enthusiasts. Weighing in at just 1.5kg, it’s not a casual option, but it’s much lighter than its predecessor, the HC-X1000 – and you can remove the handle with its built-in LED light and microphone holder if you need to travel light. It features a large 3.5-inch color touch screen, two professional XLR microphone inputs, and two SD card slots.

Not only can it shoot in 3,840 x 2,160 up to 60 frames per second, but it can also shoot at 120 frames per second to 1080 frames per second if you need slo-mo. The HC-X2000E uses an 18.9 megapixel, 1/2.5 MOS sensor and a Leica Dicomar lens. 24x optical zoom and 5-axis hybrid image stabilization offer many composition possibilities. The image quality is excellent in both HD and 4K. The level of detail is high and the color rendering excellent. It is a superb semi-professional shooter, but it is understandably complex to use. Overall, this is one of the best camcorders.

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