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Video camera reviews


Smartphone video quality continues to improve, but a dedicated camcorder still gets the Oscar nod for best videography tool.

Last updated: 10th February 2015

If you've decided your video skills are more worthy of a camcorder than smartphone, you've come to the right place. But which camera should you buy to realise your vision? We test 16 high-definition video cameras ranging in price from $249 to $2499, including models from Panasonic, Sony, Canon and more. Want to know how we get the results? Read all about how we test video cameras.

Our independent testing in the CHOICE labs will help you find the camcorder that:

  • has the best picture quality
  • has the best sound quality
  • is easiest to use
  • has the longest battery life
  • has extra features such as smartphone device control, Wi-Fi connectivity, microphone input and 4K resolution.

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