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Compare the major features of the best top-rated HD and SD camcorders for 2012-2013 in the comparison matrix below. To get more information on a particular camcorder, just click on the picture or the link above it. See our newest 2012 Camcorder Buying Guide for advice on buying digital camcorders and getting the best camcorder for the money.
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CAMCORDER
MODEL
Recording
Method
CCD
Size/Type
LCD Size
+ Resolution
Optical Zoom Still Pictures Manual Focus Special Features
Panasonic HC-X920
Panasonic X900MK Camcorder

NEW for 2013
Panasonic X920 reviews
4.5 stars rating
HDCTM900K
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FLASH MEMORY CAMCORDER


top pick
Best of 2013

1/2.3-inch x3 3MOS Imagers

High Definition
1080p @ 60fps (max)
3.5 inch LCD

1,152,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 263,000 pixels

3D Recording with optional 3D lens

12x optical zoom

Hybrid OPTICAL Image Stabilization
20.4 megapixel
still images


+ Built-in flash
Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

Panasonic X920 review (Click for Reviews)
New for 2013. SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slot, Full 1080p video up to 60fps. Electronic Viewfinder. 3D with optional lens. Manual controls & focus ring. Wide Angle fast f1.5-f2.8 lens. 35mm lens equivalent range: 35.0-420mm. Time lapse recording. 20.4 megapixel stills. Microphone and Headphone Jacks. Accessory shoe (for accessories). Wireless Remote.

Dimensions:
2.6" x 2.83" x 5.75" (0.87 lbs.)

SONY HDR-XR260V

Sony HDR-XR260V Camcorder

NEW for 2012
Sony HDR-XR260V reviews
4.5 stars rating

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160GB HDD Drive


top pick
Best of 2012

1/3.91-inch Exmor CMOS

High Definition
3.0 inch LCD

230,000 pixels
30x optical zoom

Wide Angle

Steadyshot
OPTICAL Image Stabilization
8 megapixel
still images


Yes

Sony HDR-XR260V reviews (Click for Reviews)
*New for 2012. High definition. Huge 160GB Hard Drive records 13 hours of HD video. 30x Zoom Lens. AVCHD compression. Tracking Focus. Built in GPS to tag photos and video. Smile Shutter. Component video, HDMI. Memory stick/SDHC Card Slot. Microphone and headphone jacks. 29.8mm - 894mm lens. Aperture : F1.8-3.4

Dimensions:
2.37" x 2.62" x 5.12" ( 14.28 oz)

SONY HDR-CX260V

Sony HDR-CX260V Camcorder

NEW for 2012
Sony HDR-CX260V reviews
4.5 stars rating

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16GB DUAL FLASH MEMORY


top pick
Best of 2012

1/3.91-inch Exmor CMOS

High Definition
3.0 inch LCD

230,000 pixels
30x optical zoom

Wide Angle

Steadyshot
OPTICAL Image Stabilization
8 megapixel
still images


Yes

Sony HDR-CX260V reviews (Click for Reviews)
*New for 2012. High definition. 16GB Flash Drive. 30x Zoom Lens. AVCHD compression. Tracking Focus. Built in GPS to tag photos and video. Smile Shutter. Component video, HDMI. Memory stick/SDHC Card Slot. Microphone and headphone jacks. 29.8mm - 894mm lens. Aperture : F1.8-3.4

Dimensions:
2.12" x 2.25" x 4.87" ( 7.23 oz)

CANON HF G20
Canon HF G20 Camcorder

NEW for 2013
Canon HF G20 reviews
4.5 stars rating
CannonHFG20
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32GB DUAL FLASH MEMORY


top pick
Best of 2013

1/3-inch HD CMOS 1920x1080 Imager

High Definition
3.5 inch LCD

922,000 pixels
10x optical zoom

SuperRange OPTICAL Image Stabilization
2 megapixel
still images


+ Built-in flash
Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

Canon HF G10 review (Click for Reviews)
New for 2013. Built-in 32GB flash drive + Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots, Touch and Track Feature, Advanced OIS, Full HD 1920 x 1080. AVCHD compression at 24mbps. DIGIC DV III processor. Native 24p Cinema mode, 30p progressive mode. Color Viewfinder. Component video, HDMI, Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control. Instant AF. Manual Features. Mini Advanced accessory shoe (for accessories). Includes lens hood. Wireless Remote.

Dimensions:
3.0" x 3.1" x 5.9" (1.3 lbs).

CANON HF M52
Canon HF M52 Camcorder

NEW for 2012
Canon HF M52 reviews
4.5 stars rating
Cannon HFM52
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32GB DUAL FLASH MEMORY


top pick
Best of 2012

1/3-inch CMOS Imager

High Definition
3.0 inch LCD

230,000 pixels
10x optical zoom

SuperRange OPTICAL Image Stabilization
2 megapixel
still images


+ Built-in flash
Yes Canon HF M52 review (Click for Reviews)
New for 2012. 32GB + SDHC Memory Card Slot, Wifi connectivity, HD CMOS Pro Imager, Records to SDHC cards or 32GB memory at Full HD 1920 x 1080 (1080p). AVCHD compression at 24mbps. Native 24p Cinema mode, 30p progressive mode. 43.4-436mm Lens. HDMI, Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control. Headphone Jack. Mini Advanced accessory shoe (for accessories).

Dimensions:
2.7" x 2.5" x 4.8" (12.9 ounces).

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CANON HF M500
Canon HF M52 Camcorder

NEW for 2012
Canon HF M52 reviews
4.5 stars rating
Cannon HFM52
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FLASH MEMORY


top pick
Best of 2012

1/3-inch CMOS Imager

High Definition
3.0 inch LCD

230,000 pixels
10x optical zoom

SuperRange OPTICAL Image Stabilization
2 megapixel
still images


+ Built-in flash
Yes Canon HF M52 review (Click for Reviews)
New for 2012. SDHC Memory Card Slot, Wifi connectivity, HD CMOS Pro Imager, Records to SDHC cards at Full HD 1920 x 1080 (1080p). AVCHD compression at 24mbps. Native 24p Cinema mode, 30p progressive mode. 43.4-436mm Lens. HDMI, Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control. Headphone Jack. Mini Advanced accessory shoe (for accessories).

Dimensions:
2.7" x 2.5" x 4.8" (12.9 ounces).

SONY HDR-CX190
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Sony HDR-CX190 Camcorder

NEW for 2012
Sony HDR-CX190 reviews
4.5 stars rating
sny HDR-CX190
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FLASH MEMORY


top pick
Best of 2012

1/5.8-inch Exmor CMOS
SonyCX160
High Definition
2.7 inch LCD
SonyCX160
230,000 pixels
25x optical zoom

Steadyshot
Image Stabilization
5.3 megapixel
still images


Yes

Sony HDR-CX190 reviews (Click for Reviews)
Super Compact. High Definition 1920x1080/60i, AVCHD compression. 25x optical zoom. Face detection. Smile Shutter. Back-illuminated "Exmor CMOS sensor. Component video, HDMI. Media Card Slot. 36mm wide angle lens.

Dimensions:
2.1" x 2.25" x 4.5" (5.9 oz).

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Canon Pro XA10
Canon XA10 Camcorder

Canon XA10 reviews
5 stars rating
Canon XA10
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64GB Dual Flash Memory

top pick
Best of 2012

Native 1/3-inch 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor
CanonXA10
High Definition
3.5 inch LCD

922,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 269,000 pixels

10x optical zoom

Super Range OPTICAL Image Stabilization
2 megapixel still images Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

Canon XH A1 review (Click for Reviews)
Professional grade high definition camcorder captures HD video at full 1920x1080. Super compact size. True 24p native recording. Also 60i, PF30, PF24. Infrared Night Vision. 2 built-in XLR terminals. Manual controls. Records to built-in 64GB flash drive or to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. Twin memory card slots. (Lens 30.4mm - 304mm equivalent). Waveform monitor, Instant AF.

Dimensions:
3.0" x 3.0" x 6.3" (body) (1.8 lbs.)

Canon XF100
Canon XF100 Camcorder

Canon XF100 reviews
5 stars rating
Canon XF100
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Flash Memory

top pick
Best of 2010

1/3-inch CMOS Sensor

High Definition
3.5 inch LCD

920,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 260,000 pixels

10x optical zoom

Super Range OPTICAL Image Stabilization
2 megapixel still images Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

Canon XH A1 review (Click for Reviews)
Dual XLR Inputs, Professional grade high definition records at a high 50Mbps bit rate. 24p, 30p, 60i, (60p at 720p). "L" series lens (30.4mm - 304mm equivalent). Dual Compact Flash Card Slots. Infrared mode. Manual iris ring. Wireless controller.

Dimensions:
4.8" x 5.8" x 9.8" (2.2 lbs.)

Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150
Panasonic Pro AG-HMC150 Camcorder

Panasonic Pro Camcorder reviews
4.5 stars rating
PanasonicPro
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FLASH MEMORY

Uses SDHC Cards

top pick
Best of 2010

3-CCD Three 1/3-inch progressive CCD Imagers
PanasonicPro
High Definition
3.5 inch LCD
Panasonic
210,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 235,000 pixels

13x optical zoom
Panasonic
OPTICAL Image Stabilization
N/A Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

PanasonicPro AG-HMC150 review (Click for Reviews)
High Definition (many formats supported including 24p), Professional XLR audio input, Records AVCHD to SDHC Memory Cards, SMPTE Time-Code Generator/Reader, HDMI out, Component Out, External Time Code Link, USB 2.0, Remote control connection for Zoom, Focus, Iris. Cinelike Gamma & DRS Dynamic Range Stretch. External Time Code Link. Leica wide angle 28mm (35mm equivalent) 13x zoom lens. Wireless Remote.

Dimensions:
6.5" x 6.1" x 15.6" (3.7 lbs.)

Sony Professional HVR-A1U
Sony HVR-A1U Camcorder

Sony HVR-A1U reviews
5 stars rating
SonyHVR-A1U
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MiniDV Tape

top pick

1/3-inch CMOS sensor
SonyHC3
High Definition
2.7 inch LCD
SonyHC3
123,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 252,000 pixels

10x optical zoom
SonyHC3
Super Steadyshot
Digital Image Stabilization
3.0 megapixel
still images
Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

Sony Professional HVR-A1U review (Click for Reviews)
Portable and small in size. Takes videos in high definition (1080i, 720p). HDV Recording Format. Cineframe (24fps). Many manual features. Microphone and Headphone Jacks. XLR audio input. Wireless Remote. USB & IEEE1394 interface (firewire).

Dimensions:
3.5" x 4.1" x 12.38" (1 lb. 7 ounces).

Panasonic Pro AG-DVX100B
Panasonic Pro AG-DVX100B Camcorder

Sony HC3 reviews
4.5 stars rating
sonyhdrfx1
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MiniDV Tape

top pick

3-CCD Three 1/3-inch progressive CCD Imagers
PanasonicPro
Standard Definition
3.5 inch LCD
Panasonic
210,000 pixels

Viewfinder: 235,000 pixels

10x optical zoom
Panasonic
OPTICAL Image Stabilization
N/A Yes

+ Manual Focus Ring

PanasonicPro DVX100B review (Click for Reviews)
Used for Movie and TV production. Takes videos in standard definition. Microphone, Headphone, Cam Remote, and Iris Jacks. Cinema-style 480p/24fps, and 480p/30fps. First DV camera-recorder to allow camera to camera time code synchronization. Wide-angle zoom lens. Wireless Remote. IEEE1394 interface (firewire).

Dimensions:
5-1/2" x 6-5/16" x 14-3/8" (4.19 lbs.)

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