SD and HD video camera reviews

Compare test results, features and functions to find the best SD or HD camcorder
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  • Updated:25 Jul 2009


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Choose the right video camera

No need to rely on a salesperson. Use this report to decide:

  • Whether a high definition or standard definition camcorder is best for you.
  • What connections you'll need.
  • What features you need and what you can do without.

See our latest review of camcorders.

Please note: this information was current as of July 2009 but is still a useful guide to today's market. 

CHOICE bought 6 of the latest high definition (HD) and 8 standard definition (SD) video cameras and our testers scrutinised every function and feature. Through our rigorous testing we reveal which camcorder:

  • Has the best picture and sound quality.
  • Is the easiest to use.
  • Has the longest battery life.

Video camera brands tested

Standard definition

  • Canon FS10
  • Canon FS100
  • Flip video ultra series
  • JVC GZ-MG630
  • JVC GZ-MG680
  • JVC GZ-MS120
  • Panasonic NV-GS330
  • Panasonic SDR-S26

High definition

  • Canon HF10
  • Canon HF100
  • Canon HV30
  • Panasonic HDR-SD20
  • Sony HDR-HC9
  • Sony HDR-XR200


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