February 2024

Camcorders: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of camcorders rankings posted by key online experts, as of February 2024.

Summary

On 13 Feb 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 84 camcorder endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

56 camcorders were endorsed in total, only 14 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 13 Feb 2024, Sony HDR-CX405 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed camcorder with 9 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 9 recommended it as the '#1 camcorder' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking camcorders start at $40.80 (VTech Kidizoom Duo) and go up to $3589.95 (Sony PXW-Z150). Median camcorder costs $593.01 (Canon Vixia HF G21).
$40.80
$3589.95

At a glance - February Ranking

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Rank Change Price Camcorder
TopTenReviews
Lifewire
Looxcie
Scary Mommy
Popular Photography
TinyGrab
Digital Camera World
EP Films
Wondershare Filmora
Family Vacation Critic
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Sony HDR-CX405
The Sony HDR-CX405 is a compact and lightweight camcorder that offers impressive video quality, a 30x optical zoom, and user-friendly features, making it suitable for a variety of uses.
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Canon Vixia HF R800
The Canon Vixia HF R800 is a highly recommended camcorder that offers excellent video quality, impressive zoom capabilities, and a range of features to enhance the user's recording experience.
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Panasonic HC-V770
The Panasonic HC-V770 is a versatile camcorder with advanced features, impressive zoom capabilities, and comprehensive connectivity options, making it suitable for vloggers, amateur filmmakers, and those who want to document special events or family moments.
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Sony FDR-AX700
The Sony FDR-AX700 is a prosumer 4K camcorder with advanced features, exceptional video quality, and impressive zoom capabilities, making it ideal for professional videographers and filmmakers.
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Canon VIXIA HF G70
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Panasonic HC-X2000
The Panasonic HC-X2000 is a professional camcorder with impressive features, including face detection, stunning video quality, zoom capabilities, compact size, and a range of connectivity options, making it a versatile tool for videographers.
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Sony FDRAX33
The Sony FDRAX33 camcorder is highly praised for its impressive video quality, zoom capabilities, and convenient connectivity options, making it suitable for a range of use cases.
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Sony FDR-AX43
The Sony FDR-AX43 is a highly regarded 4K Handycam with excellent video quality, impressive zoom capabilities, and a range of connectivity options, making it ideal for content creators and vloggers.
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Canon Vixia HF G60
The Canon Vixia HF G60 is a compact camcorder that offers high-quality 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video recording, with features such as a 1-inch imaging sensor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus system, 5-axis image stabilization, and dual SD card slots.
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Panasonic HC-V180K
The Panasonic HC-V180K is a versatile and budget-friendly camcorder that offers impressive video quality, zoom capabilities, and a compact size, making it suitable for various use cases.
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Dji OSMO Action
The Dji OSMO Action is a feature-packed action camera with impressive video quality, stabilization capabilities, and a range of useful features, making it suitable for vloggers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone looking to capture high-quality video footage.
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YeeHao 2053STR
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Canon Vixia HF G21
The Canon Vixia HF G21 is a high-quality camcorder that offers professional features, excellent image clarity, and versatile shooting capabilities, making it ideal for various professional applications.
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Canon XC15
The Canon XC15 is a professional camcorder that offers outstanding video quality, versatile zoom capabilities, reliable image stabilization, and comprehensive connectivity options, making it a top choice for professionals and enthusiasts in various fields.
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#2 $256.73 Canon Vixia HF R800
#13 $275 Dji OSMO Action
#1 $328 Sony HDR-CX405
#3 $355.33 Panasonic HC-V770
#15 $593.01 Canon Vixia HF G21
#7 $603.50 Sony FDRAX33
#10 $909.48 Sony FDR-AX43
#5 $1099 Canon VIXIA HF G70
#16 $1191.01 Canon XC15
#4 $1243.51 Sony FDR-AX700
#6 $2125 Panasonic HC-X2000

We ranked Sony HDR-CX405 #1 in February 2024 because:

  • 9 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Sony HDR-CX405 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best budget camcorder

Very affordable
Super compact and portable

Small sensor
SDXC card needed for 1080p

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Lifewire

Best for Beginners

High resolution
Megapixel range

Lacks premium features

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Looxcie

Under $200

Records 1080p at 60 fps
Small and Portable
SteadyShot stabilization
Good low-light performance

No mic jack
Can’t record while charging

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Scary Mommy

Best Camcorder

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Popular Photography

Best Budget

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TinyGrab

Best Budget Camcorder

Affordable.
Compact.
Exmor R CMOS sensor.
BIONZ X image processing.
30x optical zoom.

Cannot shoot in 4K.
Users report poor sound quality.

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Digital Camera World

Best for families

Irresistible price
Seriously compact

Expect some noise from the small sensor
SDXC card required for 1080p

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Wondershare Filmora

Best Budget Camcorder

Weighs less than a TV remote
Excellent lens with spectacular digital zoom
Two extra batteries, and a charger that you can charge from a wall socket or a car 12v outlet
Full HD Video/ 9. 2MP
30x optical zoom lens optical steady shot image stabilization XAVC S recording

Batteries takes 3hrs to charge
Uneasy to handle due to its small size

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Family Vacation Critic

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We ranked Canon Vixia HF R800 #2 in February 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked Canon Vixia HF R800 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Looxcie

Winner

Easy to Learn How To Use
Portable and Compact
Affordable
Positive User Experience

Poor microphone quality
No manual audio control for input mic

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TinyGrab

Best Beginner Camcorder

52x advanced zoom.
Full HD video.
Slow and fast motion shooting.
Powerful battery.

Poor sound quality without an external mic.
No built-in memory.

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EP Films

One of the Best Camcorders out today

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Wondershare Filmora

Best Camcorder for YouTube

Lightweight and ease of use
Fantastic optical image stabilization to remove jerks and movements
HDMI output if you want to plug it into your TV
Color, adjustment, stabilization are all automatic with an option of self-customization
1080p on a 128 GB gives you 8 hours and reducing to 720 will give you up to16 hours of recording

You will need an external microphone if you are filming with it outdoors
Doesn’t have a manual audio control level for an external mic input
No built-in memory and you need to install memory card separately for recording
It is not one of the best low light camcorders
It is not even a cheap 4k camcorder as 4k resolution is absent on this video recorder

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Family Vacation Critic

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend camcorders.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of camcorders, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for February 2024 ranking

We ranked Panasonic HC-V770 #3 in February 2024 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic HC-V770 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Looxcie

Under $600

Good sound quality for in-built mic!
Slow-motion performance
Compact and portable
Great in low light

Customer service quality
No loop for a neck strap

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TinyGrab

Affordable.
HDR movie function.
20x optical zoom.
4 drive lens system.
Wi-Fi enabled.

Users report complicated set-up.
Poor battery life.

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EP Films

This is the Best hd Camcorder from Panasonic

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Wondershare Filmora

Best Camcorder Under 500

20x optical zoom brings the action closer
4-drive lens system produces high image quality
HDR Movie Function reduces bright spots for a professional look
Wi-Fi functions enable real-time broadcasting and monitoring
Motion sensor and Face Recognition function automatically capture faces at parties
Highest quality 4k video
Best camcorder under 500

Slo-mo mode exhausts a good amount of memory so if planning to capture slo-mo, get a big SD card
No built-in memory
Does not work well under moderate or low lighting

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Family Vacation Critic

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We ranked Sony FDR-AX700 #4 in February 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best portable high-quality 4K HDR camcorder

Super simple to use
4K and HDR quality
WiFi onboard

Pricey for hobbyists

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TinyGrab

Best 4K Camcorder

Compact.
12x optical zoom.
High-quality autofocus.
Dual media slots.

Shaky zoom.

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Digital Camera World

Best 4K compact

Easy to use
4K video quality
Built-in Wi-Fi

Big for a palm-sized camcorder
Probably not for casual hobbyists

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We ranked Canon VIXIA HF G70 #5 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Canon VIXIA HF G70 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Popular Photography

Best for beginners

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Digital Camera World

Best price to performance

Smooth 20x optical zoom
Simple run-and-gun usability
Dynamic image stabilization is good

No waterproofing
Limited to the integrated lens
Low-light capabilities not class-leading

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We ranked Panasonic HC-X2000 #6 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Panasonic HC-X2000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best camcorder overall

Prosumer style
Stunning image quality
Detachable handle with built-in light

Expensive

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Digital Camera World

Best camcorder for professionals

Prosumer form factor
Superb image quality
Incredibly versatile
Detachable handle with built-in light

Can be unwieldy for the unwary

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We ranked Sony FDRAX33 #7 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Sony FDRAX33 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TinyGrab

Best Compact Camcorder

Lightweight.
Compact.
Manual controls.
Zeiss Lens.
Wi-Fi enabled.

Pricey.
LCD touchscreen could be improved.

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Wondershare Filmora

Overall Best Camcorder

Portable
Remarkable image stabilization system for removing jerks
Long battery life
High-end audio and video quality

Poor touchscreen
Ports don’t show a live screening of 4k footages while shooting
Laying fingers on the MIC by mistake can spoil the sound so need to be careful

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We ranked Sony FDR-AX43 #8 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Camera World

Best affordable 4K camcorder / Editor's Choice

4K recording
Light and compact
5.1 channel microphone
20x zoom

No HDR
Low-light performance can be noisy

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Wondershare Filmora

Best Night Vision Camcorder

20x optical zoom and Clear Image Zoom of 30x for 4K1 / 40x for HD2
Fast Intelligent AF tracks focus to captures decisive moments
Built-in gimbal - Balanced Optical SteadyShot image stabilizer
4K1 movie recording and high-quality sound with a unique microphone
Versatile shooting w/ XAVC S, AVCHD and MP4 codecs.
Lightweight that makes it easy to carry

You need to search for the night shot function button as it is not where it is usually located

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We ranked Canon Vixia HF G60 #9 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best camcorder with pro features for less

4K quality video
Dual memory cards
Full one-inch sensor

Not that portable

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TinyGrab

Best Semi Professional Camcorder

9 blade iris.
1-inch sensor.
15x optical zoom.
5 axis image stabilization.
CMOS autofocus.

Stabilization needs improving.

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We ranked Panasonic HC-V180K #10 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Looxcie

Zoom Beast

Super-sharp Full HD 1080p
Insane 90x Zoom
Compact design
Low Price

No microphone input
Menu layout needs work
Not great in dark

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EP Films

A Budget HD Camcorder without WIFI

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We ranked Dji OSMO Action #11 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Lifewire

Action Cam

Protective coating
Ability to shoot in various environments
RockSteady technology

Video quality is average

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Scary Mommy

Best Handheld Video Camera

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We ranked YeeHao 2053STR #12 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
EP Films

Best camcorder for the price

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Family Vacation Critic

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We ranked Canon Vixia HF G21 #13 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TinyGrab

20x optical zoom.
1080/60p quality.
8 blade iris.
Touch-sensitive LED panel.
Dual SD card slots.

Users report shaky focus and zoom.

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EP Films

Great HD Camcorder

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We ranked Canon XC15 #14 in February 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best camcorders” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TopTenReviews

Best camcorder for professionals

4K resolution
Professional quality

Limited zoom (10x)
Expensive

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Digital Camera World

Best for documentaries

4K recording
Pro audio solutions
5.1 channel microphone
Large ISO range (100-20,000)

10x zoom only
CFast cards for 4K recording

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