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Home Filming Video Cameras

 

 

Home filming may either by indoors, outdoors, on tripod or in motion. Either way, active family events make multiple demands on the video camera, let alone the filmer!

We outline below the best choices for home filming using video cameras.

The camcorder must:

  • Be easy to hold
  • Operate in both light and not so light conditions
  • Be robust enough to withstand family action
  • Have quick, easy to use controls
  • Have media available for fact review

 

Product Editors' rating Price Summary
Sony Handycam HDR-UX1 
Sony Handycam HDR-UX1

 7.7
Very good

Review date:
10/10/2006

$808-$1400

Compatibility issues

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD+RW, 3" DVD-RW, 3" DVD+R DL

Canon DC40 
Canon DC40

 7.7
Very good

Review date:
06/21/2006

$544-$809


Good feature DVD camcorder.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD-RW

Sony Handycam HDR-HC3 
Sony Handycam HDR-HC3

 7.6
Very good

Review date:
05/09/2006

$1059-$1300

Superb HD video quality.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, Mini DV (HDV)

Canon HV10 
Canon HV10

 7.5
Very good

Review date:
10/06/2006

$874-$1249

Excellent HD video camcorder
Some annoying quirks.

Specs: Camcorder, 2.96 megapixels, 10 x, Mini DV (HDV)

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505 
Sony Handycam DCR-DVD505

 7.5
Very good

Review date:
03/31/2006

$669-$1000

Full-featured
Bulky
Convenient direct-to-disc recording.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD+RW, 3" DVD-RW

JVC Everio GZ-MG505 
JVC Everio GZ-MG505

 7.4
Very good

Review date:
08/01/2006

$850-$1300

Well-designed hard-disk-based camcorder
TV quality production
Higher Priced

Specs: Camcorder, 5.0 megapixels, 10 x

Sony Handycam DCR-SR100 
Sony Handycam DCR-SR100

 7.4
Very good

Review date:
07/19/2006

$936-$999

Good hard-drive option
Touch-screen interface

Specs: Camcorder, 3.05 megapixels, 10 x

Panasonic VDR-D300 
Panasonic VDR-D300

 7.3
Very good

Review date:
03/24/2006

$582-$800

Good in variety of shooting conditions
Film directly on DVD.

Specs: Camcorder, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD-RW, 3" DVD-RAM

Sony Handycam DCR-SR80 
Sony Handycam DCR-SR80

 7.1
Very good

Review date:
09/29/2006

$623-$700

Good hard-drive-based camcorder
Touch-screen interface.

Specs: Camcorder, 12 x

Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405 
Sony Handycam DCR-DVD405

 7.1
Very good

Review date:
05/16/2006

$618-$667

Good DVD camcorder
Touch-screen interface on an undersized display.

Specs: Camcorder, 2.05 megapixels, 10 x, 3" DVD-R, 3" DVD+RW, 3" DVD-RW

Sony Handycam DCR-HC96 
Sony Handycam DCR-HC96

 7.1
Very good

Review date:
03/31/2006

$537-$800

Excellent video quality
B road feature set
Good still photos
Excellent choice for compact MiniDV camcorder.
Small touch screen

Specs: Camcorder, 2.05 megapixels, 10 x, Mini DV

Sony Handycam DCR-SR40 
Sony Handycam DCR-SR40

 7.0
Very good

Review date:
09/25/2006

$469-$600

Good midlevel, hard-drive option
Poor submegapixel snapshots.

Specs: Camcorder, 20 x

 

 

 

 
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