TOP 5 FULL HD Best Camcorders under $500

On reviewing what seem to be the best HD camcorder, we looked for the latest features such as AVCHD which is the highest resolution right now in consumer camcorders, but this format is only available in Sony, Panasonic, JVC and Canon camcorders.

Other important features of any best camcorder which are worth noting are OPTICAL zoom, a large touch screen LCD monitor, card slots for inserting extra memory cards and of course Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.

It would be easy to assume that high end features such as are listed here would be priced well out of the price range which a normal family would be prepared to pay, but this is not the case with these mass produced camcorders, and many of them are available for under $500 now.

So take a look at our list of TOP 5 Best Camcorders under $500 and marvel at the features:

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3

Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Camcorder is at Number 5

This best HD camcorder under 500 from Fujifilm records only to an SD card, which is fine, and it has one of the largest LCD viewfinders at 3.5 inches, and because this is a 3D camcorder you can review your movies in 3D through the viewfinder without wearing 3D glasses. The zoom lens is 3x and optical.

There are choices for full auto recording, or manual control, and you can take great photos with the dual 10MP sensors. Resolution is 720p, which is still HD, but not the highest.

The Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 best camcorder makes it onto our list on price, 3D performance and perfect 5 out of 5 scores in best HD camcorder reviews from well over 100 buyers.(Click the link above to see the astounding low price)

Panasonic HC-V720

Panasonic HC-V720 is Number at 4 on our List

This new Panasonic HC-V720 has an upgraded 1/2.33 type high sensitivity MOS image sensor, 5.1ch surround sound, manual focus,stereo microphone and still image increased to 20.4 megapixels.
With a 21x optical zoom, LED video light and cold accessory shoe with shoe adaptor and flash, 7.5 cm (3 inch) LCD monitor, smart sharing features with built in Wi-Fi using the live stream HD recordings USTREAM App to remotely monitor & control with a Smartphone.
Auto white balance and auto/manual iris, POWER optical image stabilizer+ with active mode, 1920 x 1080P and much more.

Sony HDR-CX260V

Sony HDRPJ260V

Sony HDR-CX260V is at Number 3 on our List

Sony seem to be listening to their customers more by giving us what we want at the price we want to pay with the introduction of the Sony HDR-CX260V. Almost 250 owners have reviewed this beauty and given it high marks as their best HD camcorder choice.
And how could they not vote this as their best HD camcorder under 500 with so many features which we all crave for?
Superb low-light video ranks high on our list, and the Sony HDR-CX260V gives us this with a Back-illuminated Exmor CMOS sensor for superb low-light video as well as a 30x Optical/55x Extended Zoom, Optical SteadyShot image stabilization with Active Mode, 3.0 inch touch-screen Clear Photo LCD display and 1920x1080 Full HD 60p Recording w/ 8.9MP still image recording to a 16GB internal memory drive for up to 5 hours of recording.
A Wide Angle G lens, built-in mic jack for quality audio enhancement, face detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction, tracking focus which follows selected subjects and wind noise reduction for clear voice recording.
Geotagging with built-in GPS receiver & NAVTEQ maps and Direct Copy to external HDD without PC with Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge, Intelligent Auto and Golf Shot.
The Sony HDR-CX260V can be bought with a projector built in to the rear side of the viewfinder, and renamed as the HDRPJ260V, very handy for viewing your productions instantly anywhere you can find a flat light surface such as a wall or side of a van.


JVC GZ-VX815BUS is Number 2 on our Best HD Camcorder List

The JVC GZ-VX815BUS compact design features aluminum trim. AVCHD Full HD recording and iFrame recording at 24Mbps high bit rate and up to 12MP still images. Super LoLux with 29.4mm wide angle F1.2 Super Bright Lens and back-illuminated CMOS sensor.
Wi-Fi and wireless Live Streaming by USTREAM and Live Monitoring with Remote with free downloadable app available for Android phones / tablets, iPhone and iPad

This is another Best HD Camcorder under 500 buy.

Canon VIXIA HF R42

Best Camcorder under $500 is the Canon VIXIA HF R42

If you remember the list of features most of us would put at the top of our list as the best HD camcorder, such as a LCD touch screen, good optical zoom, optical image stability for smooth movie recordings, stacks of storage with a large internal flash drive and SD card slot, the Canon VIXIA HF R42 has all of these and stacks more.

The Genuine Canon HD Video Lens with 53x Advanced Zoom and SuperRange Optical Image Stabilization, Canon 3.28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS Image Sensor and new DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor capture videos at 1920 x 1080 resolution make this camcorder exceptional value for under $500.
A 32GB internal flash drive records up to 12 hours of crisp high-definition video or record directly to a removable SD memory card.
For high quality capture of moving subjects, choose to record at1080/60p in MP4 (35 Mbps) or AVCHD Progressive (28 Mbps) The built-in Wi-Fi allows you to wirelessly share your images and video to Social Networking Sites.

I hope you can see why the Canon VIXIA HF R42 tops our list of Best Camcorder under $500. This is the Best HD Camcorder for under 500.

Camcorder buffs in the UK can find the Canon VIXIA HF R42 listed as the Canon Legria, and the model number is the R48. So for Canon VIXIA HF R42 in the US, please read Canon LEGRIA HF R48 in the UK.

I hope you can agree that all of the 5 camcorders are very good value for money because of the features which are packed into them. I know there are many more which could have made this best HD camcorder list, and if you have a camcorder which you would have included, I will be very interested to hear from you.

All of these TOP 5 best video camera models have many more features worth checking out, and you can read full information of these and over 200 more camcorders at

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