The Best Camcorders of 2015

The Best Camcorders of 2015

In today’s digital age of Facebook, Instagram and YouTube, all of us desire to capture precious moments and make them timeless and shareable with our family and friends. Whether you’re an aspiring producer, vlogger, adventurous photographer, or simply need to document great moments of your life, a camcorder will be ideal for your needs.

Camcorders give far higher film quality than videos shot on a cell phone or compact camera. Their sensors catch more detail, while built-in picture stabilization keeps videos sharp and seamless. The sound is also fresher and clearer when you include an integrated microphone.

There are many camcorders on the market which are suitable for different people with different needs, such as waterproofing or an exterior built to withstand harsh conditions. To find a camcorder that will best suit your needs, here’s a list of the best camcorders of 2015 reviewed.

GoPro Hero 4 Silver

Action cameras are perfect for explorers or daredevils who seek a portable, aero/hydrodynamic and tough camera to document their adventures. And GoPro has the best line of action cameras! The GoPro Hero4 Silver has a solid video quality combined with essential features include a touchscreen; a first for the brand that sets it apart from the rest.

The first thing everyone admires about the GoPro is its size. It is an extremely compact camera which makes it travel-friendly and easily attachable to most objects, such as the spokes of a bicycle. Another exciting feature of the Hero4 is the touchscreen, which not only helps easily frame up shots, but also gets rid of a lot of buttons, making the camera even smaller.

The build of the camera is tough, and waterproof down to 40 meters, allowing the user to make videos while in motion. The connectors, mounts and straps that come with it leave the user free to focus on their activity while making brilliant POV videos. Inside, this camera is jam-packed with features such as ISO limit, adjustable exposure settings up to 30 seconds for regular and time lapse videos, automatic settings for low light and Selectable FOV settings, to name just a few. A bonus feature is the Super View, which takes the world’s most wide-angle field of view.

Priced at approximately $400, the Hero4 Silver records video at resolutions up to 4K at 15fps, 2.7K at 30fps, and 1080p at 60fps.

Pros:

  • Small and tough
  • Water-resistant
  • Solid audio capture
  • Sharp videos with fine color-detail
  • Bright 1.7-inch LCD touchscreen

Cons:

  • Image quality can be slightly blurry
  • Case muffles audio
  • Short battery life

The GoPro is indeed a top-quality brand which has quickly made it known as the greatest innovation in modern camera industry. This product is well worth trying out!

Panasonic HC-V770

For most people, a smartphone camera or decent point-and-shoot camera is sufficient, but all of us face certain situations in which we just know that a smartphone won’t get the job done. For certain lighting, distance-shooting or good-quality, a dedicated camcorder is needed. The Panasonic HC-V770 is ideal for such purposes.

Be it bright daylight or the dark, the HC-V770 captures sharp and saturated details, giving superb results. Convenient for those who have shaky hands or don’t have a tripod, this camera has a built-in stabilization feature which steadies the video even while zoomed in to the maximum 20x, so that the end result isn’t a series of shakes and shudders.

Compared to its competition, the HC-V770films the sharpest footage, even in low-light conditions. The audio syncs smoothly with the video, producing the purest sounds with minimum background noise. The battery life is sufficient, with an extra option of a larger battery, and can hold up to 25 hours of footage.

Starting from an estimated $550, the Panasonic HC-V770is without a doubt the best camcorder for most people.

Pros:

  • Zoom range/performance
  • User-friendly
  • Great picture quality
  • Image stabilization
  • Good in low light

Cons:

  • Not many features for advanced users
  • Breaks files at higher frame rates

If you’re looking for an above-average camcorder without having to make a huge dent in your wallet then the Panasonic HC-V770 is a budget-friendly all-rounder camcorder equipped with the essentials for capturing great-looking footage.

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4KBODY DSLM Mirrorless 4K Cinematic Camera

Panasonic’s GH4 is currently one of the hottest items in the camera market. Its 4K recording is making waves and LUMIX GH4 is surely Panasonic’s finest camera yet.

The GH4 is pitched as an expert-quality camera and, while it won’t dethrone the top-end DSLRs, it’s surely close enough. The quality of its body assembly is fantastic, comparable to that of a DSLR camera but a lot tougher. It can withstand heavy blows and is water- and dust-protected. The video quality is one of the best that has been produced from a mirrorless camera. The GH4’s most impressive feature is the ability to, again, be the first mirrorless camera on the market to record 4K footage.

Even though the camera is bulky, it’s still comfortable enough to carry around due to its chunky grip. The buttons and dials are spaced enough that they are easy to reach without being cluttered. The GH4 has an OLED screen and an OLED electronic viewfinder, and both are excellent. Also, due to the power needed to handle 4K video recording, the GH4 has one of the most pumped-up image processors of any camera around. Called the Venus Engine, it features a quad-core CPU that, other than shooting at 4K, improves noise reduction as well.

This gem of a camera is estimated at $1500, which is a bargain considering the amazing features you’re getting along with its formatting options that aren’t available in most other camcorders.

Pros:

  • High ISO performance
  • Superb 4K video capture
  • Quick, accurate autofocus
  • Great viewfinder and screen
  • Tough, weatherproof body

Cons:

  • Not portable; large and bulky
  • Expensive

The Panasonic GH4 is super-sharp and captures videos with rich colors and smooth motion. It also offers a 4K video recording option with various formatting elements, such as MP4, AVCHD or MOV, at a variety of resolutions and frame rates.

Conclusion

Picking a decent camcorder isn’t easy. It often boils down to how you’ll be using it. If professional videography is more your thing and you want to cover formal events, parties, and so on, then you can’t go wrong with the Panasonic HC-V770.

But if you’re into fun stuff and like experimenting with your footage, you’ll love the portability and the ease that the GoPro gives you. Whatever you choose, you’ll be getting amazing value for your money with any of these cameras.