Latest Which? camcorder tests reveal best HD starsWhich? tests discover the 'best-ever' HD camcorder

02 October 2009

Man using camcorder

The latest batch of Which? camcorder reviews has just been published online and features 14 high-definition (HD) models and six standard-definition (SD) models.

The mixed batch includes camcorders from Sony, Canon, JVC, Samsung, Panasonic and Sanyo, with some of the standard-definition camcorders outperforming their high-definition camcorder counterparts in terms of image quality.

Best Buy camcorders

The batch of 20 camcorders tested in labs found eight Best Buys - seven of which were HD camcorders - and one SD camcorder that only narrowly avoided being badged a Don't Buy camcorder. Two of the Sanyo Xacti camcorders are also waterproof, so can serve as underwater camcorders.

The most significant result, however, was that the top-scoring HD camcorder on test is the highest-scoring camcorder that Which? has ever seen. 'Video quality is exceptional,' said Richard Parris, Which? camcorder expert, adding that you can also take good 12Mp still photos with the camcorder.

Best Buy budget camcorder

Also worth noting is a Best Buy HD camcorder that can be bought for less the £320. Parris said: 'In general, HD camcorders outperform standard definition models, but are usually much more expensive. While SD camcorders can be bought for under £100, the £320 HD model is a great bargain and produces very impressive video quality.'

The complete list of models on test is below in alphabetical order. Click on the links to read the full camcorder reviews and find out how each model performed in our lab-based tests.

SD camcorders:

  • Canon FS200
  • Canon FS22
  • JVC GZ-MG840
  • Samsung SMX-F34
  • Samsung VP-D391
  • Samsung VP-DX200