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Which UK Full HD Digital Camcorder Review

ConsumerWatch / Technology Aug 25, 2009 - 04:44 AM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

ConsumerWatch

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe must have consumer gadget of 2009 is a Full HD camcorder / digital camera combo which is the target for this review and selection process.


Key Points Targeted

  • Price Range £800 to £1200
  • Full HD Camcorder
  • Good MOS Sensor i.e. pixels
  • Good Optical Zoom, at least X10 preferably higher.
  • 8MP Camera or higher
  • Good Audio

After some 20 hours of research of the camcorders currently available, the choice comes down to one of the following three camcorders.

1. Sony HDR-XR520VE

Specs

  • Price £1,150.
  • Full HD Recording
  • 240gb Internal Hard disk (101 hours video)
  • Memory Card - Pro DUo
  • 3.2inch LCD
  • View finder/
  • Weight 510g
  • MOS - 6.6 MP.
  • Max Frame P/S - 25
  • Camera - 12 MP / 8 MP (Dual record).
  • Optical Zoom X12

Review

  • At the top of the price range.
  • Good sized LCD and with viewfinder.
  • Useful Touch screen.
  • The hard drive is prone to shocks and therefore not as reliable as a solid state device.

2. Canon Legria HF S10

Specs

  • Price £1050
  • 10X Optical Zoom
  • MOS 6.01MP
  • Camera 8MP
  • 32 Gig Dual Flash / SD Slot (4 hour footage)
  • LCD 2.7
  • Weight 450g

Review

  • Near Top of the price range
  • No viewfinder
  • Useful manual focus ring

3. Panasonic HDC-TM300

  • Price £850
  • Full HD
  • MOS - Triple 3MP each = 9MP
  • Camera - 10.6MP
  • 32 gig dual flash / SD (4 hour footage)
  • LCD 2.7
  • Optical Zoom X12
  • Weight 385g

Review

  • Useful touchscreen
  • Very light weight compared to others.
  • Triple CMOS improves picture quality.
  • Many extras such as face detection, pre record, time lapse recording etc.
  • The Mike poisition at the top can be prone to pick up wind noise.

Conclusion

The choice has to be for the Panasonic HDC-TM300, primarily due to better images / video due to the triple mos sensor chips, lighter weight, X12 optical zoom, and an acceptable 10MP stills camera. This camcorder also happens to be significantly cheaper than the two alternatives.

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA9 - Honorable Mention

In the course of this analysis the new camera from Sanyo perked my interest, especially given its pistol grip design and waterproof credentials.

Specs

  • £250
  • Waterproof
  • MOS 9MP
  • Not Full HD (1280/720)
  • Camera 9 MP
  • Optical Zoom X5
  • LCD 2.5
  • SD Memory upto 32gig

Review

  • A good cheap waterproof camcorder for holidays if Full HD is not a requirement.

By Nadeem Walayat
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk

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Comments

tiyeds
25 Aug 09, 13:25
coincidence: i was searching too for a HD camcorder in UK

WhatyaCoincidence!

I was researching for HD camcorder in the UK, but never expected to find a review like this on Market Oracle.

Your choice seems to be a good one, but better check out for performance under low-light conditions when going for CMOS sensors. I remember reading of such a warning somewhere.

My choice was for Panasonic HDC-HS300 (also a 3 CMOS based camcorder)


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