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Best Rated Professional (Pro) Camcorders – Comparison & Reviews | 2017-2018

April 10, 2018 by  
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Best-Rated Professional (Pro) Camcorders (2017-2018) – This is a roundup of the best-rated professional camcorders. Professional (Pro) camcorders are larger than consumer camcorders, have larger imagers, superior image processors, and larger brighter lenses. They provide superior video which is a favorite of indy and professional videographers. Professional camcorders also have advanced features such as 24p, time code, and XLR Audio inputs that professionals demand. Some of these camcorders have been used in films seen on the big screen, or used for documentaries. 4K Ultra HD Pro Camcorders are starting be much more popular and dominate the marketplace. Broadcasters will want camcorders with 3G, HD-SDI outputs. These top professional camcorders below are ones that have met Smart-Review’s ratings for best camcorders. See our glossary of terms at the bottom of the page.

Best Rated Professional 4K & HD Camcorders 2017-2018
(Best features, imagers, and lenses)

Sony Pro HXR-NX80 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
*New Model
Canon Pro XF400 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
*New Model
Canon Pro XA11 Full HD Camcorder
(2018 Model)
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
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12x optical zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch Imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f/2.8-4.5 Lens
29mm – 348mm
UHD 4K @ 24, 30p
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p
100Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared NightShot®
Built-in WiFi & NFC
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
2018 Model
Built-in ND Filters
4K HDR
273 point AF
(3840 x2160) UHD
S-Log2 and S-Log3
15x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f2.8 – 4.5 Lens
25.5mm-382mm
UHD 4K @ 24, 30, 60p
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p
150Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
2017-2018 Model
Built-in ND Filters
Wide Dynamic Range
5 Axis Stabilization
Dual Pixel CMOS
20x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
Full HD 1080p
1/2.84-inch imager
3.0 inch LED
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm – 576mm
– – –
1080p @ 24, 30, 60p

35Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
2018 Model
– – –
Wide Dynamic Range

20x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1/2.3-inch imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f1.8 – 3.6 Lens
29.5mm – 600mm
UHD 4K @ 24, 30, 60p
1080p @ 24, 30, 60p

150Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi & NFC
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
2015 Model
Built-in ND Filters


Best Rated Pro Camcorders with HD-SDI, 3G-SDI Output | 2018
(Best features, imagers, lenses and ideal for broadcasters)

Sony Pro PXW-Z90V 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
*New Model
Canon Pro XF405 4K Ultra HD Camcorder
*New Model
Canon Professional XA35 Camcorder
(2016-2017 Model)
Panasonic Pro AG-UX180 4K Ultra HD Camcorder

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12x optical zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch Imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f/2.8-4.5 Lens
29mm – 348mm
– – –
UHD 4K @ 24, 30p
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p
100Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared NightShot®
Built-in WiFi & NFC
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
3G SDI, HD SDI
Built-in ND Filters
2018 Model
4K HDR
273 point AF
(3840 x2160) UHD
S-Log2 and S-Log3
built-in 2.4/5 GHz
15x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f2.8 – 4.5 Lens
25.5mm-382mm
– – –
UHD 4K @ 24, 30, 60p
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p
150Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
3G SDI, HD SDI
Built-in ND Filters
2017-2018 Model
Wide Dynamic Range
5 Axis Stabilization
Dual Pixel CMOS AF
20x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
Full HD 1080p
1/2.84-inch imager
3.5 inch OLED
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f1.8 – 2.8 Lens
26.8mm – 576mm
– – –
– – –
1080p @ 24, 30, 60p

35Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
HD SDI Output
Built-in ND Filter
2016-2017 Model
Wide Dynamic Range

20x optical zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch Imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
HDMI out
f/2.8-4.5 Lens
24mm – 480mm
DCI 4K @ 24p
UHD 4K @ 24, 30, 60p
1080p @ 24p, 30p, 60p, 120p
150Mbps Bit Rate
Infrared Night Vision
Built-in WiFi & NFC
Headphone Jack
Dual Card Slots
3G SDI, HD SDI
Built-in ND Filters
2017 Model
Cinematic DCI 4K
3 Lens Rings
TC Preset In/Out
16 Bit Linear PCM


Best Rated Professional HD & 4K Camcorders 2017-2018
(Best features, imagers, and lenses)

Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder
(2016 Model)
Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K 4/3rd imager Pro Camcorder Sony HXR-NX100 NXCAM Pro HD Camcorder Sony NEX-VG900 Interchangeable Lens Camcorder
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10x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch Imager
3.0 inch LCD
Native 24p
Mic & Headphone Jacks
HDMI Out
f2.8 – 5.6 Lens
27.3 – 273mm
4K UHD @ 24, 30fps
1080p @ 24, 30, 60fps
12 stops of dynamic range
305 Mbps record
Cfast Recording
SD Card Recording
Wide DR Gamma
100 to 20,000 ISO
2016 Model
13x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
4/3-inch MOS imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
Infrared Night Shooting
HDMI Out
f2.8 – 4.6 Lens
29.5mm – 384mm
DCI 4K @ 24fps
UHD 4K @ 24, 30, 60fps
1080p @ 24, 30, 60fps
12 stops of dynamic range
Five-axis Hybrid IS
Dual Card Slots
10 bit 4:2:2 Out
2016 Model
12x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
High Definition
1-inch Imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
Headphone Jack
HDMI Out
f2.8 – 4.5 Lens
29mm- 348mm
Dual Card Slots
1080p @ 30p
1080p @ 24p
1080 @ 60p
720p @ 60p
ND Filters
Color EVF
2016 Model
20x Optical Zoom
Flash Memory
4K Ultra HD
1-inch CMOS imager
3.5 inch LCD
Native 24p
XLR Audio Inputs
Infrared Night Shooting
HDMI Out
f2.8 – 4.5 Lens
24.0mm – 480mm
DCI 4K @ 24fps
UHD 4K @ 24, 60fps
1080p @ 24, 30, 60fps
Triple Manual Rings
ND Filters
Five-axis Hybrid IS
Dual Card Slots
8 Gamma Curves
2016-2017 Model


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Glossary of Terms
Recording Bitrate in Mbps = Camcorders compress video to fit on memory cards or internal memory. The higher the bitrate, the better the quality of the video, as it is less compressed and has fewer artifacts caused by this compression.
Built-in WiFi & NFC = Modern camcorders have wireless WiFi and NFC built into them. This provides wireless control of your camcorder from a tablet or smartphone, and an ability to transfer video wirelessly. Almost all camcorders today have built-in WiFi.
3G SDI, HD SDI Outputs = These are specialized outputs, mainly used by broadcasters to transmit their video. HD-SDI transmits up to 720p or 1080i, while 3G SDI transmits up to 1080p Full HD. SDI can send an uncompressed signal to a transmission station or a broadcast truck.
XLR Terminals = Only on professional camcorders, XLR Terminals are used primarily as a balanced audio connector for high quality microphones.
Time Code = Using a Time Code allows for synchronization of audio and video. Very useful for editing.
Optical Zoom = This is the maximum zoom using the lens of the camcorder. A 10x zoom brings the action in about 10 times closer at its maximum.
LANC Terminal = This allows Tripods which have a control handle, to connect to the LANC Terminal (through a cable) and allow you to control the camera from the controller on the Tripod.
Flash Memory = This refers to the way the camcorder records video. Flash memory camcorders normally record to memory cards (SDHC or Memory sticks if a Sony). There are some that have no card, and just have a fixed amount of internal memory such as the Flip Camcorders.
Dual Flash = This type of camcorder has both internal memory and can also record to memory cards.
Imager = This refers to the Imager of the camcorder, where the light hits from the lens. This is like the retina of the eye. The larger the imager, the better the quality of the video and better low light performance. High end pro camcorders generally have a larger imager. Larger is better. A 1/2.6-inch imager is double the size of a 1/5.2-inch imager.
Megapixels = This refers to the camera function in the camcorder. This is the amount of megapixels available to take a snapshot picture while using the camcorder.
Dual Card Record = This means that the camcorder can simultaneous record to two memory cards at the same time. Thereby making a perfect backup, should one memory card fail during recording.
Uncompressed Out = This type of camcorder can also record video to an external recorder “uncompressed” for maximum quality.
IEEE 1394 = This refers to firewire, which is a connector like USB 2.0 to give a fast connection from your pro camcorder to your computer to transfer video.