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Camcorders

GoPro HERO4 Silver

GoPro HERO4 Silver

From £478
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polaroid ID1880

Polaroid ID1880

From £39
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony HDR CX405

Sony HDR CX405

From £265
  • Sensor resolution: 9.2Megapixels
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
3 Offers from 2 shops >
GoPro Hero4 Black Adventure

GoPro Hero4 Black Adventure

From £289
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSDHC
  • Type: Action Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony HDRAZ1VR

Sony HDRAZ1VR

From £20
  • Sensor resolution: 11.9Megapixels
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Polaroid POLC3R

Polaroid POLC3R

From £34
  • Sensor resolution: 6Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Ion Air Pro 2

Ion Air Pro 2

From £149
  • Sensor resolution: 14Megapixels
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Vivitar DVR508

Vivitar DVR508

From £39
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Veho VCC 003

Veho VCC 003

From £69
  • Media type: Multimedia Card
  • HD Recording: Without HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
6 Offers from 4 shops >
Sony HDR PJ410

Sony HDR PJ410

From £238
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
3 Offers from 2 shops >
GoPro HERO3 White Edition

GoPro HERO3 White Edition

From £438
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic HC W570

Panasonic HC W570

From £299
  • Media type: DV
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Rollei Racy

Rollei Racy

From £99
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Sony HDR-HC3E

Sony HDR-HC3E

From £604
  • Sensor resolution: 2.1Megapixels
  • Media type: HDV
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Blackmagic Design CINECAM26KEF

Blackmagic Design CINECAM26KEF

From £2,832
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony HDR AS200

Sony HDR AS200

From £335
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
3 Offers from 2 shops >
Hello Kitty 36009

Hello Kitty 36009

From £29
1 Offer from 1 shop >
SJcam Sj5000

SJcam Sj5000

From £134
  • Media type: DV
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
10 Offers from 2 shops >
GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition

GoPro HERO3 Silver Edition

From £378
  • Sensor resolution: 11Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Rollei Actioncam 300

Rollei Actioncam 300

From £34
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Hp AC 200

Hp AC 200

From £139
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Waterproof
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Canon XH G1

Canon XH G1

From £1,674
  • Sensor resolution: 1.67Megapixels
  • Media type: Mini DV
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1

Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1

From £87
  • Sensor resolution: 3.4Megapixels
  • Media type: SDHC Memory Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hyundai MC1010

Hyundai MC1010

From £43
  • Media type: SDHC Memory Card, MicroSD
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
  • Connectivity: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Toshiba Camileo Pro

Toshiba Camileo Pro

From £156
  • Sensor resolution: 7Megapixels
  • Media type: Multimedia Card
  • HD Recording: Without HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AEE Magicam SD19

AEE Magicam SD19

From £24
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: Multimedia Card, MicroSDHC
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony PXW FS5

Sony PXW FS5

From £4,533
  • Sensor resolution: 11.6Megapixels
  • Type: Action Camera
  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Veho VCC 006

Veho VCC 006

From £129
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
2 Offers from 1 shop >
Somikon DV 812

Somikon DV 812

From £58
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
AEE AEE S 80

AEE AEE S 80

From £110
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSDHC, Micro SD, MicroSDXC
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Samsung HMX-QF30

Samsung HMX-QF30

From £194
  • Sensor resolution: 5.3Megapixels
  • Media type: Secure Digital Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Voxx 360 FLY

Voxx 360 FLY

From £104
  • Sensor resolution: 2.26Megapixels
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Waterproof
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Sony Ericsson Activeon CX

Sony Ericsson Activeon CX

From £84
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Agfa Explorer

Agfa Explorer

From £121
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: Secure Digital Card, SDHC Memory Card
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Wolder Micam Xport Elite

Wolder Micam Xport Elite

From £87
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • Type: Action Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Aiptek X3 (400472)

Aiptek X3 (400472)

From £110
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic HC-V500

Panasonic HC-V500

From £266
  • Sensor resolution: 1.5Megapixels
  • Media type: Secure Digital Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp AC 300

Hp AC 300

From £414
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
JVC Everio GZ EX215WEU

JVC Everio GZ EX215WEU

From £346
  • Sensor resolution: 1.5Megapixels
  • Media type: SD Memory Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Rollei Action cam 420

Rollei Action cam 420

From £130
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
  • Media type: SDHC Memory Card, SD Memory Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Midland XTC100

Midland XTC100

From £66
  • Media type: MicroSD
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
  • Connectivity: USB
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Kaiser KBA 12009

Kaiser KBA 12009

From £31
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: Micro SD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Panasonic AG AC8

Panasonic AG AC8

From £790
  • Sensor resolution: 20.4Megapixels
  • Media type: SDHC Memory Card, SDXC, SD Memory Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Pnj SD 18

Pnj SD 18

From £79
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Trevi GO 2200 HD

Trevi GO 2200 HD

From £29
  • Sensor resolution: 1.3Megapixels
  • Media type: Micro SD
  • HD Recording: Without HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Hp AC 150

Hp AC 150

From £135
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Kodak SPZ1

Kodak SPZ1

From £89
  • Sensor resolution: 14.4Megapixels
  • Media type: TF Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
2 Offers from 2 shops >
GoPro HERO3 + SILVER

GoPro HERO3 + SILVER

From £169
  • Sensor resolution: 10Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD, MicroSDHC
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Mustek DV535A

Mustek DV535A

From £105
  • Sensor resolution: 5Megapixels
  • Media type: Integrated Memory
  • HD Recording: Without HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Nilox EVO MM 93

Nilox EVO MM 93

From £170
  • Sensor resolution: 16Megapixels
  • Media type: Micro SD
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
2 Offers from 2 shops >
JVC Everio GZ HM435

JVC Everio GZ HM435

From £190
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
  • Optical zoom: 40x
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Sony PXW Z 150

Sony PXW Z 150

From £2,599
  • Sensor resolution: 14.2Megapixels
  • Media type: Secure Digital Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Denver ACT 8030

Denver ACT 8030

From £61
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
2 Offers from 2 shops >
Kaiser X80

Kaiser X80

From £24
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
The Avengers 38043 INT

The Avengers 38043 INT

From £48
  • Media type: Flash card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
JVC GY LS300

JVC GY LS300

From £2,702
  • Media type: CompactFlash Card
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Digital Video Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Pyle PSCHD60

Pyle PSCHD60

From £122
  • Sensor resolution: 12Megapixels
  • Media type: DV
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Konig CSACW 100

Konig CSACW 100

From £115
  • Sensor resolution: 8Megapixels
  • Media type: MicroSD, MicroSDHC
  • Type: Action Camera
1 Offer from 1 shop >
JVC GY HM620

JVC GY HM620

From £2,589
  • Media type: SDHC Memory Card, AVCHD, SD Memory Card
  • Type: HD Video Camera
  • Connectivity: USB, HDMI, Microphone, XLR, HD SDI
1 Offer from 1 shop >
Denver ACV-8305W

Denver ACV-8305W

From £107
  • Sensor resolution: 8Megapixels
  • HD Recording: With HD Recording
  • Type: Action Camera
2 Offers from 2 shops >

Buying Guide - Digital Camcorders

How they work

In many ways a digital camcorder is very similar to a digital still camera. In fact the two are interchangeable to a certain degree, with most digital still cameras able to shoot video, and the majority of digital camcorders able to shoot photos. The same underlying technology drives both devices. A lens focuses an image onto a digital sensor, which then captures said image and writes it to a digital storage medium. In most cases the digital sensor is a CCD, but CMOS sensors are also employed. There's no real advantage or disadvantage to each sensor type, although manufacturers tend to favour one or the other.


Memory cardEarly digital camcorders used cassettes for storage, but unlike older analogue video cameras they recorded digital data rather than raw video. These days digital camcorders write to many different kinds of digital media including DVD discs, hard disks and memory cards. Recording your movies digitally also makes it far easier to edit and show your handy-work off once you've shot it. There's no need for the expensive and complex video capture equipment that was necessary with analogue video cameras, since the digital data can be copied directly to a computer without conversion.

YouTube movies

There's no avoiding the fact that social networking plays a huge role in our lives, and sharing video is an important piece of that puzzle. In fact video sharing sites like YouTube have become so prolific that an entirely new breed of digital camcorders has appeared to address that market. Pocket digital camcorders are designed to be small and light enough to be carried with you at all times, so when something amazing happens you can film it and share it with the world. Not only are pocket camcorders small and light enough to carry everywhere, but they also capture video in a format that can be uploaded directly to YouTube without any editing or encoding.


Devices like the Flip Mino are unbelievably simple to use, you just shoot your movie, plug the camera directly into your computer via the integrated USB cable and your footage will be instantly uploaded to your YouTube account. The downside of these pocket digital camcorders is that the image quality won't match that of a full size model. Even so, with sites like YouTube now supporting high definition video, the quality of pocket digital camcorders is getting better all the time.

Home movies

If you're looking to record your memories for generations to come, you'll probably want the best possible image quality, which means a full size digital camcorder HD. The vast majority of digital camcorders record to built-in storage (either hard disk or solid state memory), SD cards or a combination of both. The advantage of built-in storage is that you can't forget to take it with you, and in the case of a hard disk, it can be very capacious. The benefit of an SD card is that it's really easy to get your data off the camcorder - simply remove the card and pop it into your computer's card reader.


In fact many televisions and Blu-ray players have SD card slots that will let you view your movies direct from the card. Obviously a combination of both storage mediums is ideal, but this is generally an option reserved for high-end devices. Most full size HD camcorders record using a format called AVCHD, which provides efficient compression of your data while maintaining very high image quality. Not only does this mean that you'll be able to shoot for longer before running out of space, but you also won't fill your computer up with incredibly large files, as was the case with the uncompressed HDV standard.

Features

Camcorder


There are a lot of features to consider with a digital camcorder, but the best place to start is resolution. A Full HD digital camcorder will clearly command a premium, but they're not as expensive as you might think. Standard definition digital camcorders are still available, and are also comparatively cheap, but you'll be losing out on the image quality. Another important factor is the lens, with many manufacturers partnering themselves with experts in the field to reap the benefits.


Most Panasonic camcorders sport Leica lenses, while Sony models often come equipped with Carl Zeiss lenses, and of course Canon camcorders benefit from the company's own legendary lens technology. The focal length is another feature worth considering, with many camcorders boasting incredibly long zoom ranges. However, it's always worth remembering that it's only optical zoom that matters, digital zoom numbers should always be ignored. Also, the longer the focal length, the more important image stabilisation is. If you want a steady picture at 35x zoom, you'll need optical image stabilisation. Then there's 3D to consider. Coinciding with the latest trend of 3DTVs, 3D camcorders are hitting the market, but expect to pay a high price for that 3D functionality.

Accessories

There's no end of accessories to go with a digital camcorder, some essential and some merely useful. Most important is storage. If you're not buying a model with a huge, built-in hard disk, you'll need to stock up on memory cards. With Full HD camcorders squeezing around an hour of footage onto an 8GB SDHC card, you'll probably want to invest in a few spare cards to keep in your camera bag. It's also worth picking up a spare battery or two, especially if you're planning day trips with your camcorder.


A decent modelling light will help when shooting indoor events like weddings or parties, while an external microphone is also worth considering if you fancy being the videographer for friends and family. But one of the most important accessories doesn't connect to the camcorder at all, it installs on your computer. A video editing package will allow you to turn the video you shoot with your camcorder into something that's genuinely worth watching. High end packages like Premier Pro and Final Cut Pro may be a little pricey for most of us, but the likes of Premier Elements, or iMovie are more than adequate for most consumers.