Confused which camcorder to buy under $1000 in 2016? Well, the following are the top five models that experts and users unanimously agree to be the best within that budget:
1. Canon VIXIA HF G10 Full HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro
CNET camera expert Lori Grunin calls the VIXIA HF G10 “a great prosumer camcorder, with excellent video quality”. Grant Hatchimonji of Digital Camera Review attests that “If you’ve got the money for it, the Canon Vixia HF G10 is a no-brainer purchase”. Nearly hundred positive Amazon customer reviews tell the same story in different words. Its Canon DIGIC DV III image processor is something you have to try to believe! There are a thousand reasons to buy the HF G10 right away, but for now, let us just say that it has amazing indoor lighting ability, fantastic manual controls, stellar picture quality and superb build. This is the best camcorder under 1000 dollars, with the eyes open and close. As Simpleton Peck, an Amazon customer, put it “people are just in awe of the quality”.
2. Canon VIXIA HF G20 HD Camcorder with HD CMOS Pro
Finding a camcorder that users absolutely love is not very easy, but in case of this particular model, most users are super happy with their purchase. You can regard it as a slightly cheaper version of the above model. C. Dean, a camera enthusiast, says “I have shot with many camcorders, from $500-$15,000. This is one of the best for the money.” Derek Fulker, another lover of this model, admits “I am shocked at how good the images and videos are”. Even experts have only praises for this model. Popular video camera review site HDVCam states that it “has unmatchable low light performance”. TopTenReviews expands on that by adding that it “will beautifully capture your memories – and in the end, that is what you want a full HD camcorder to do.”
3. Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition Camcorder
A list of top camcorders that does not contain any model from Sony is as good as nothing. And so we had to include Sony here. This Sony HDR-PJ650V is almost as perfect as a video camera can get under a grand. You are going to instantly fall in love with its design and look, but that is not the point. The point is that from Smart Review agreeing that it has features that even serious camcorder lovers will appreciate to Consumer Reports recommending it because it is decent, versatile and easy to operate, almost every camera expert on the planet has only respect for this model.
4. Panasonic HC-X920 3D Ready HD 3MOS Camcorder with WiFi
It does not just have excellent low light performance, it has excellent auto and manual controls, too. Ramesh Kumar loves to use this camera because he feels that the camera’s “videos are very vibrant even with AVCHD format”. Trevor McCabe says he was “actually surprised to film with this camera and see the remarkable quality of the picture”. And if you listen to Mason Kane, the “viewfinder works PERFECT”. Overall, this one is a great video camera below $1000, especially if you have a soft spot for Panasonic.
5. Sony HDR-CX260V HD 8.9MP Handycam with 30x Optical Zoom
Its zoom is awesome at 30x, and its Full HD 60p recording just blows many of its competitors out of water. Steven Alvord, a user of the camera, spent hours researching about the camera and finally bought it because he decided it was the best. With an incredibly mesmerizing design and over 400 very positive reviews on Amazon alone, this product has the ability to satisfy even the finickiest of customers. If Sony is your calling, take a good look at this model.
We picked the above models only because they proved to be the best overall below 1000 dollars. But if you do not care about getting the highest value for your money, then many other models may satisfy you, too.