We spent 47 hours on researching and reading over 7,000 buyer reviews to find the best camcorders you can buy for 2018. Whether you’re looking for a cheap and affordable compact camcorder, or a professional level 4K HD video camera, we’ve got you covered. Today, you can find our top hand-picked camcorders that include every spectrum of wants and needs. Enjoy!
#10: Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder
Features a compact, lightweight and versatile design for convenient 4K/Full HD video shooting and 12 Megapixel digital still photography. This all-in-one ergonomically convenient camcorder can satisfy a broad range of video and still production needs. It’s for everyone from next-generation advanced amateurs to professional 4K and HD videographers, from digital filmmakers needing a cost-effective 4K/HD “B” or “C” camera to multimedia journalists and news agencies seeking a 4K video camera.
#9: Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Handheld Camcorder
Features a Four-Thirds Sensor and Integrated Zoom Lens to bring professional features and familiar camcorder ergonomics to the Four Thirds sensor format. It features a single MOS sensor with 4K resolution that captures up to 12 stops of dynamic range with their V-Log L gamma curve. This camcorder supports DCI 4K production at 24 fps, UHD 4K at up to 60 fps, and HD at up to 120 fps, providing you with a camcorder that is at home in a variety of production environments.
#8: Panasonic HC-X1 4K Ultra HD Professional Camcorder
This light and compact professional camcorder has the features, functions and controls to meet and exceed professional video production needs. It supports 4K 24p, UHD 60p/50p, FHD 60p/50p multi-format recording and HD super slow-motion. It also includes 2-channel XLR Audio, Wired/Wireless remote control, triple Manual Rings, user switch, timecode, ND Filter, twin SD card slots, Live HDMI output and a wide 24mm angle LEICA DICOMAR 4K Lens and optical 20x zoom with amazing 5-Axis O.I.S.
#7: JVC GY-HM170U Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Professional Camcorder
This is a high performance 4K Ultra HD camcorder that’s capable of shooting 4:2:2 Full HD at 50Mbps. Its integrated 12x optical zoom lens and 4K CMOS sensor, deliver razor sharp 4K Ultra HD recordings directly to SDHC/SDXC memory cards. It can even record on 2 cards simultaneously for instant backup or extended recording time. Output live 4K UHD camera signals through the built-in HDMI connector. And its tiny size allows you to shoot in venues that may be unfriendly to larger cameras.
#6: Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K with EF Mount
With the large super 35 size sensor, you get familiar framing and behavior from the lenses you already own! The sensor features a global shutter so you get perfect panning and with minimal crop factor. Easily captures 4K in ProRes 422 (HQ) and compressed CinemaDNG files. Unlike traditional cameras that record obscure file formats, the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K records directly to files that are compatible with your editing software.
#5: GoPro Hero4 Silver Adventure Edition Camcorder
With a built-in touch screen for composing shots and accessing the menu, this camcorder allows you to capture POV style footage either wearing the camera or mounting it in a number of creative ways. Moving beyond HD, it can record 2.7K video at 50 fps, Full HD 1080p video at up to 60 fps, and take 12-megapixel stills. To help you catch the action at just the right moment, the 12-megapixel still mode can be set to capture a burst at up to 30 fps.
#4: Contour ROAM3 Waterproof HD Camcorder
This wearable camcorder offers high-definition video and photo capture in a ruggedized, mount-anywhere design that is waterproof to 30′. A slider switch on top functions both to turn the camera on as well as start recording. It’s lockable to prevent accidental starting or stopping recording. The integrated lens can be rotated 270° so that you can mount the camera at horizontally tilted angles and still get level shots.
#3: Canon VIXIA HF R700 Camcorder
Advanced zoom and super range optical image stabilizer helps provide outstanding, steady video. 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor with a DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor captures video at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Record Full HD video directly to a removable SD memory card. 1080p recording in MP4 and AVCHD Progressive helps ensure high-quality. Capture moving subjects with the 3” touch panel and new user interface with easy menu navigation.
#2: Sony HDRCX405 Handycam HD Camcorder
Create clearer memories with full HD/60p and optical SteadyShot image stabilization. Every moment you capture benefits from a 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS lens and 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom. Enjoy face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Easily charge or transfer files with the built-in USB cable, and automatically create highlight videos from multiple clips in MP4 for easy sharing.
#1: Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder
Enjoy Stunning video in both 4k/24p/30p and Full HD 60p/30p. Balanced optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ intelligent active mode. Fast Intelligent AF achieves incredibly rapid and accurate contrast-detection. Get wider on and closer to your subjects and scenery with a 26.8mm ZEISS lens. Premium 5 directional mic for realistic sound reproduction.