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HD and SD camcorders 2009

Compare test results, features and functions to find the best standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) camcorder.
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18 digital camcorders independently reviewed & compared

  • Removable memory cards and small hard drives are now the storage format of choice to capture video memories.
  • Canon, Sony, Panasonic and JVC provide a range of standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) camcorders, and CHOICE tested 18 of the latest models.
  • Only a couple of DV tape models are still available in Australia, kept mainly to satisfy the semi-professional market.
  • While we only tested Sony HD models, Sony also has several SD camcorders, however the newest models were not available in time for this test.

Read our free digital camcorders buying guide.

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

Video: What to look for - digital video cameras

Denis Gallager cuts through the jargon to help you find the right camcorder.

Brands and models tested

Standard Definition (SD)

  • Canon Legria FS22
  • Canon Legria FS21
  • JVC GZ-MG680
  • JVC GZ-MG630
  • JVC GZ-MS120
  • Panasonic SDR-H80
  • Panasonic SDR-S26

High Definition (HD)

  • Canon Legria HF20
  • Canon Legria HF200
  • Canon Legria HV40
  • JVC GZ-HD300
  • JVC GZ-HD320
  • JVC GZ-X900E
  • Panasonic HDC-SD20-K
  • Sony HDR-HC9
  • Sony HDR-XR200V
  • Sony HDR-XR500V
  • Sony HDR-XR520V
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