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Top-Rated HD Camcorders – Reviews and Comparison 2014


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Best Rated 2014 Camcorders: Smart Review features only the best top-rated digital HD camcorders. Those HD camcorders with the highest owner ratings are listed here. See the latest flash memory and high definition (HD) camcorders for 2013-2014. New for 2014 is the introduction of consumer Ultra HD 4K Camcorders. Read the Smart Review 2013-2014 HD Camcorder Buying Guide to help you decide what type of camcorder you should purchase. The Top-Rated Camcorders listed below all have received owner reviews of 4 stars or better, and are a Smart-Review Top Pick for 2014.

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Sony HDR-PJ810 High Definition 32GB Handycam Projector Camcorder

**New for 2014** The HDR-PJ810 is Sony’s best projector HD camcorder with a 32GB flash drive and 12x optical zoom. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. This model includes the groundbreaking image stabilization technology, Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (which claims to be 13x better than regular Steadyshot) delivers smoother video in low light, and long telephoto shots. This feature was demonstrated to us (and it does work extremely well). Sony told us that the new steady shot runs the entire length of the optical system, from the lens to the imager. This is like having a Steadicam built-in to the camera. New for 2014 is an improved video projector (located on the outside of the LCD door). Sony has increased the light output to 50 lumens (up from 20). This will allow you to project your videos on a wall up to a 200-inch picture (This requires a dark room to view). Microphone and Headphone jacks. Built in WiFi and NFC. Surround sound 5.1 microphone. Manual controls. …More…


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Panasonic HC-V750K Full HD WiFi Camcorder Review

*New for 2014. Panasonic’s midrange HC-V750K Flash Memory Camcorder replaces the extremely popular HC-V720K series. It records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in Full HD video. (This camcorder features High-density, ultra-smooth video at 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive frames Recording). It also includes a fast F1.8-F3.5 lens that was created for the HC-V750K to help in low light situations. The wide angle 28mm lens can fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. The imaging sensor is a large 1/2.33″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor which can provide up to 1,920 x 1,080 of HD resolution. Takes 20.4 megapixel still pictures. Included are advanced features such as the new Hybrid optical/digital image stabilization with HYBRID O.I.S. which uses five-axis correction to suppress blurring, 21x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 50x), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack. This model even has a Multi Manual Dial (to adjust focus, white balance, iris, etc. At full resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format) at a 28mbps bit rate. All other video is recorded with AVCHD. At maximum quality , you can record over 2 hours and 40 minutes of video using a 32GB memory card. Built-in WIFI, Newly Redesigned Microphone shields the camcorder from wind noise. Dolby 5.1 sound. …More…



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Canon VIXIA HF R52 32GB Full HD Dual Flash Camcorder

*New for 2014. The Canon HF-R52 is Canon’s low cost Dual Flash Memory HD Camcorder. Records in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD Video (1080p). The 32x Optical Zoom Lens (53x advanced zoom) delivers excellent image quality and has SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when doing handheld shots without a tripod). External Microphone Terminal and Headphone Jack. Included is a 1/4.85 inch HD CMOS Image Sensor, AVCHD H.264, Cinema-Look Filters, 2 megapixel still images, and a 24p, 30p and new 60p mode. The External Microphone Jack will give you better sound options. The HF-R42 records at up to 24mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate) or 35mbps using MP4 compression. At maximum HD quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes to a 32GB SDHC/SDXC memory card (record more time to internal 32GB). Built-in WiFi® technology on the VIXIA HF R52 lets you share your HD video with friends and family. Control your camcorders functions from a remote location. Camcorder turns on/off instantly when you open the LCD panel. Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel)sound. …More…



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Canon Vixia HF G30 Flash Memory HD Camcorder

*New for 2013* The Canon HF-G30 is Canon’s current top of the line flagship of consumer camcorders. Compact in size. Records video in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) The 20x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and has new Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Included lens hood. Large 3.5-inch high resolution OLED touchscreen. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, Built-in Wifi, and the new Digital DV 4 image processor. Included are advanced features such as an updated large 1/2.84 inch HD CMOS Pro Imager (better for low light) provides a wide dynamic range, AVCHD H.264, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p) a 30p mode, and a new 60p mode. External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The HF G30 records at up to 28mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate), or 35mbps using the new MP4 recording mode. At maximum quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes to a single 32GB flash card, or 5 hours 50 minutes if using both card slots. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light). Built-in WIFI…
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High Definition (HD) Camcorder Buying Guide 2014

2014 Camcorder Buying Guide – Buying a camcorder can be confusing. With so many choices and features you need to understand what is important and what is not. This camcorder buying guide will help you sort out the facts on camcorders and what models best fit your needs. It will also explain the technical jargon […]

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Panasonic HC-W850K Full HD WiFi Camcorder Review

*New for 2014. Panasonic’s midrange HC-W850K Flash Memory Camcorder replaces the extremely popular HC-V720K series. It records to SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards in Full HD video. (This camcorder features High-density, ultra-smooth video at 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive frames Recording). It also includes a fast F1.8-F3.5 lens that was created for the HC-W850K to help in low light situations. Panasonic has added a Twin Camera for picture in picture video. The wide angle 28mm lens can fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. The imaging sensor is a large 1/2.33″ High Sensitivity MOS Sensor which can provide up to 1,920 x 1,080 of HD resolution. Takes 20.4 megapixel still pictures. Included are advanced features such as the new Hybrid optical/digital image stabilization with HYBRID O.I.S. which uses five-axis correction to suppress blurring, 21x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 50x), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack. This model even has a Multi Manual Dial (to adjust focus, white balance, iris, etc. At full resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 (original format) at a 28mbps bit rate. All other video is recorded with AVCHD. At maximum quality , you can record over 2 hours and 40 minutes of video using a 32GB memory card. Built-in WIFI, Newly Redesigned Microphone shields the camcorder from wind noise. Dolby 5.1 sound. …More…



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Sony Handycam FDR-AX100/B 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

**New for 2014** The FDR-AX100/B is Sony’s first compact 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2014 in Las Vegas. It received more awards than any other camcorder, and is SmartReview’s top camcorder for 2014. This model shoots at 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution verus only 2 megapixels for Full HD. In addition to shooting at 4 times the resolution of HD, this model has a huge 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor (20.9M pixels). This is far larger than most camcorder imagers, and will give exceptional low light performance and increased dynamic range. Shooting at this resolution will future proof your videos, as the industry moves toward 4K resolution in TVs. Footage in 4K can also be used for Full HD video production, as you can crop or zoom in on your footage and still maintain Full HD video quality. For best image quality, Sony has equipped the FDR-AX100/B with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards. …More…


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Canon Vixia HF G20 Dual Flash Memory 32GB HD Camcorder

*New for 2013* The Canon HF-G20 is Canon’s higher end consumer camcorder. Compact in size. Records video in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) or it records to its built-in 32GB flash drive. Relay Recording automatically switches video recording from the internal drive to the next available SDHC/SDXC memory card when the internal drive is full. You can also copy video from your internal drive to your memory card(s). The 10x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and has new Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Included lens hood. Large 3.5-inch high resolution LCD screen. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, 2 megapixel photos and Digital DV III image processor. Included are advanced features such an updated large 1/3 inch HD CMOS Pro Imager (better for low light) provides a wide dynamic range, AVCHD H.264, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p) and a 30p mode. External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The HF G20 records at up to 24mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate). At maximum quality , you can record about 2 hours and 55 minutes of video to its internal 32GB flash drive. More recording time is also available if you use SDHC memory cards after filling up the internal memory drive. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light). …More…



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Best Rated Flash Memory HD Camcorder Comparison 2013-2014

Flash Memory HD Camcorders – This is a roundup of the best rated flash memory based digital camcorders. Flash memory camcorders use built-in solid state memory or flash memory cards to store the incoming video. (Dual Flash camcorders use both). The recording mechanism has no moving parts. They are usually smaller and lighter than other […]

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Best Low Light HD Camcorders – Comparison & Reviews 2014

Best Low Light HD Camcorders – This is a roundup of camcorders that are best suited for low light conditions. Poor performance in low light is the number one complaint when using a camcorder. There are several factors that help in low light conditions. One is the size and type of imager (the chip(s) that […]

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Sony HDR-PJ340 HD WiFi Handycam 16GB Projector Camcorder

**New for 2014** The HDR-PJ340, Sony’s latest low priced dual flash memory based high definition camcorder with 16gb of internal memory and built in Projector. Advanced features include an ultra-smooth 60 progressive frames/second (1080p @ 60fps) video recording mode. The PJ340 Features a new wide angle G-Lens (29.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. The PJ340 has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Intelligent Active Mode (compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smoother video). Compact size. Other features: 9.2 megapixel still images, 2.7 inch LCD screen (230K pixels), The HDR-PJ340 has a 1/5.8-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor suitable for lower light situations. BIONZ™ X Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture. The Built-in Projector (13 lumens) can project your videos on a wall for viewing up to the size of a 100-inch diagonal screen. For 2014 there is now a Projector-In HDMI Input, so you can project content from your tablet, laptop, or smartphone, as well as video from your camcorder. Sony has added Built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)and NFC for 2014. Control your camcorder remotely with your smartphone/tablet. …More…


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Sony HDR-CX330 HD WiFi Handycam 16GB Camcorder

**New for 2014** The HDR-CX330, Sony’s ultra compact low priced dual flash memory based high definition camcorder with 16gb of internal memory. Advanced features include an ultra-smooth 60 progressive frames/second (1080p @ 60fps) video recording mode. The CX330 Features a new wide angle G-Lens (29.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. The CX330 has Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Intelligent Active Mode (compensates for greater degrees of camera shake to deliver smoother video). Compact size. Other features: 9.2 megapixel still images, 3.0 inch LCD Screen (230K pixels), The HDR-CX330 has a 1/5.8-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor suitable for lower light situations. BIONZ™ X Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture. Sony has added Built-in WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n(2.4GHz band)and NFC for 2014. Control your camcorder remotely with your smartphone/tablet, or transfer video & pictures over WiFi or NFC. …More…


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Precor TRM 223 Energy Series Home Treadmill

**New for 2014**The Precor TRM 223 Energy Series Home Treadmill is an excellent all around home treadmill with health club quality. The quiet and smooth Precor TRM 223 treadmill features a powerful 3.0 hp motor (continuous duty), which can reach speeds up to 12 miles per hour (in increments of 0.5 mph). The treadmill can incline between 0 (flat) to a 15 percent grade. This model is non-folding, which adds to its stability and allows for a higher user weight capacity. Precor provides a large running deck area of 20″ x 57″ suitable for running, jogging or walking. A tablet holder is included (ipad, android, windows, etc.), and by plugging in the audio jack from your tablet, or smart phone, you can control the volume through the console (headphone jack in the front is included). Energy Stride™ Technology reduces impact on joints while walking, jogging, or running. Precor treadmills can adjust for the natural changes in your stride and provide a stable, and low-impact running surface. Multi-zone suspension cushions your joints upon impact. The upgraded Series 20 Console has 10 workout programs. …More…

Maximum User Weight Capacity Limit: 350 lbs.

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Panasonic HC-X920 Flash Memory 3MOS HD 3D Camcorder

*New for 2013-2014. The top of the line compact Panasonic HC-X920 replaces the top-rated X900 model. This Flash Memory camcorder records Pro level Full HD video using SDHC/SDXC memory cards. The HC-X920 camcorder features High-density, ultra-smooth video at 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive frames Recording). It also includes a new fast F1.5-F2.8 lens that was created for the HC-X920 to help in low light situations. Noise Reduction technology for better picture quality. The wide 29mm wide-angle lens fits more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. Built-in WIFI. For 2013 Panasonic has a new imaging sensor which consists of three 1/2.3-inch imagers on the new 3MOS System PRO sensor (3 x 12.76mp) which can provide up to 1,920 x 1,080 of HD resolution. These sensors are now Backside illuminated (BSI) for better low light performance. Takes 20.4 megapixel still pictures. Included are advanced features such as the new 5 Axis Hybrid optical/digital image stabilization, 12x optical zoom (with 25x intelligent zoom), 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Microphone, and Manual controls and a focus ring, electronic viewfinder (EVF), 24p accessory shoe, and external microphone jack, and Time Lapse Recording. At full resolution the camcorder records to AVCHD progressive at a 28mbps bit rate. Video can also be recorded to the new [iFrame] MP4 format to share smaller file sizes on social media. At maximum quality , you can record over 2 hours and 40 minutes of video using a 32GB SDHC/SDXC memory card. …More…



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Canon XA20 Professional Flash Memory HD Camcorder

The Canon Professional XA20 is Canon’s top flash memory based camcorder. Compact in size. Records in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots). Relay Recording allows the camcorder to automatically switch video recording to the next available SDHC/SDXC memory card when one card is full. You can also record simultaneoulsy to both cards as a safety backup. The upgraded 20x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and has SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Included lens hood. Even at 20x, it maintains a light gathering F2.8. The XA20 has a large 3.5-inch high resolution OLED touchscreen. Built-in WIFI. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, New upgraded Digital DV 4 image processor. Included are advanced features such as Canon’s Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor (better for low light) and provides a wide dynamic range, AVCHD H.264, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p). External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The XA20 records at up to 35mbps. At the maximum AVCHD quality , you can record about 5 hours and 55 minutes to a 64GB SDHC or SDXC memory card. More recording time is also available if you use both memory card slots. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light). …More…



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GoPro HERO3+ Plus: Black Edition HD Camera-Camcorder

*New for 2013-2014. GoPro’s top of the line HERO3+ Plus: Black Edition Camera-Camcorder replaces the extremely popular GoPro HERO3 series. GoPro action cameras are designed to record your active lifestyle, and are shockproof and waterproof to 40 meters with the included case. The camera can be mounted on a variety of ways (such as on your bike, helmet, car, boat, etc.) It records to MicroSD memory cards in Full HD video. (This camcorder features High-density, ultra-smooth video at 1080/60p Recording (Full-HD 1920 x 1080, 60 Progressive frames Recording). It also includes a fast F2.8 6-element aspherical glass lens that was created for the HERO3 Plus: Black Edition to help in low light situations and is sharper than any other lens they have produced. The wide angle 170° lens can fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. The imaging sensor is a large 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor which can provide 1,920 x 1,080 of HD resolution (It even has higher 4K resolution at lower frame rates). Takes 12 megapixel still pictures with a burst mode of 30fps, and continuous mode of 3fps. You can also take time lapse photos at 0.5, 1, 2, 5, 10, 30, 60 second intervals. …More…



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Sony Handycam HDR-CX430V 32GB HD Camcorder

**New for 2013** Sony’s mid-range dual flash memory based high definition camcorder has 32GB of internal memory for hours of recording. Advanced features include an ultra-smooth 60 progressive frames/second (1080p @ 60fps) video recording mode, it can also record at 24p (1080p @24fps), the same frame rate as movie film. The CX430V Features a new wide angle G-Lens (26.8mm) with 30x Optical zoom. This camcorder has Sony’s best premium Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization to prevent blurring when shooting video. This is Sony’s lowest priced camcorder with this feature. Compact size. Other features: 8.9 megapixel still images, 3.0 inch LCD touch-screen (230K pixels), built-in GPS to geotag your video or pictures. The HDR-CX430V has a 1/3.91-inch back-illuminated “Exmor R” CMOS sensor for better low light performance. BIONZ™ Image processor improves the speed and quality, as well as improving battery life. Full HD (1920 x 1080) video capture. …More…


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Sony HDR-PJ790V 96GB Handycam HD Camcorder

**New for 2013** The HDR-PJ790V is Sony’s latest top of the line HD camcorder with a huge internal 96GB flash drive and 10x optical zoom with a Carl Zeiss 26.3mm Wide Angle Vario Sonnar T-Lens. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. This model includes the groundbreaking image stabilization technology, Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (which claims to be 13x better than regular Steadyshot) delivers smoother video in low light, and long telephoto shots. Sony told us that the new steady shot runs the entire length of the optical system, from the lens to the imager. This is like having a Steadicam built-in to the camera. New for 2013 is an improved video projector (located on the outside of the LCD door). Sony has almost doubled the Projector light output to 35 lumens. This will allow you to project your videos on a wall up to a 100 inch picture (This requires a dark room to view). Also new is a projector hdmi input which will allow you to plug in your tablet or smartphone and project content, and movies directly from the camcorder. The projector’s resolution in pixels has improved by 50% over the PJ760V. A new 5.1 channel dolby surround sound microphone now sits above the body for superior sound, and when outdoors you can use the excellent included furry windscreen which slips right over the microphone and reduces wind noise by 90% for optimal sound. …More…


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Sony HDR-PJ650V High Definition 32GB Handycam Projector Camcorder

**New for 2013** The HDR-PJ650V is Sony’s 2nd best HD camcorder with a 32GB flash drive and 12x optical zoom. SmartReview previewed this model at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. This model includes the groundbreaking image stabilization technology, Balanced Optical SteadyShot™ (which claims to be 13x better than regular Steadyshot) delivers smoother video in low light, and long telephoto shots. This feature was demonstrated to us (and it does work extremely well). Sony told us that the new steady shot runs the entire length of the optical system, from the lens to the imager. This is like having a Steadicam built-in to the camera. New for 2013 is an improved video projector (located on the outside of the LCD door). Sony has increased the light output to 20 lumens (up from 13). This will allow you to project your videos on a wall up to a 100 inch picture (This requires a dark room to view). Also new is a projector hdmi input which will allow you to plug in your tablet or smartphone and project content, and movies directly from the camcorder. External microphone jack, headphone jack, built in Dolby 5.1 channel surround sound microphone for best quality sound. …More…


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Canon XA10 Professional 64GB Flash Memory HD Camcorder

The Canon Professional XA10 is Canon’s lowest priced Pro dual flash memory based camcorder. Compact in size. Records in full 1920 x 1080 Full HD (1080p). Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) or it records to its built-in 64GB flash drive. Relay Recording allows the camcorder to automatically switch video recording from the internal drive to the next available SDHC/SDXC memory card when the internal drive is full. You can also copy video from your internal drive to your memory card(s). The 10x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and has SuperRange optical image stabilization (to keep video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Included lens hood. Large 3.5-inch high resolution LCD screen. Its larger imager provides 8 megapixel still images, External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, Digital DV III image processor. Included are advanced features such as Canon’s Native 1920 x 1080 CMOS Image Sensor (better for low light) and provides a wide dynamic range, AVCHD H.264, and has a true 24p Cinema mode. (native 24p) . External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The XA10 records at up to 24mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate). At maximum quality , you can record about 5 hours and 55 minutes to its internal 64GB flash drive. More recording time is also available if you use SDHC memory cards after filling up the internal memory drive. Canon’s Instant AF focusing system greatly enhances auto focus speed and accuracy and decreases the time to lock in focus (even in low light). Professional features include manual focusing, 2 XLR jacks, manual aperature and shutter speed, Waveform, Zebra Stripe, gain control, infrared night vision to shoot in total darkness. …More…



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