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Best HDD Camcorder Reviews and Comparison

April 9, 2012 by  
Filed under Digital Camcorders

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HDD Camcorders – This is a roundup of the top-rated HDD (Hard Disk Drive) based digital camcorders. HDD camcorders use Hard Drives (same as a notebook computer) to store the incoming video. Hard Drives have the advantage of very long recording times. Some of these camcorders can also record to memory cards (They are called Hybrid camcorders). The HDD camcorders below have met SmartReview’s ratings for best camcorders. For 2012 we are seeing fewer HDD camcorders (none from Canon), as manufacturers are now primarily making flash memory camcorders. Panasonic has discontinued making HDD camcorders in 2012.

Top of the Line HDD Camcorders
(Best rated with the best features and largest imagers)

Panasonic HDC-HS900K Panasonic HDC-HS700K Sony HDR-XR260V Sony HDR-PJ50V
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12x optical zoom
220gb HDD
High Definition
14.2 megapixels
1/4.1-inch x3
3.0-inch LCD
External Mic Jack
1080p @ 60fps
3D Ready
2011 Model
12x optical zoom
240gb HDD
High Definition
14.2 megapixels
1/4.1-inch x3
3.0-inch LCD
1080p @ 60fps
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2010 Model
30x optical zoom
160gb HDD
High Definition
8.9 megapixels
1/3.9-inch Imager
3.0-inch LCD
External Mic Jack
Built-in GPS
2012 Model
12x optical zoom
220GB HDD
High Definition
7 megapixels
1/4-inch Imager
3.0-inch LCD
External Mic Jack
Geotag GPS
2011 Model
Best of CES 2011
Built-in Projector


Best Midrange HDD Camcorders
(good features and smaller imagers)

Sony
HDR-XR160
Panasonic
HDC-HS80k
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30x optical zoom
160gb HDD
High Definition
3 megapixels
1/4″ CMOS imager
3.0 inch LCD
2011 Model
34x optical zoom
120gb HDD
High Definition
3 megapixels
1/5.8″ MOS imager
2.7 inch LCD
2011 Model


Glossary of Terms
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.
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 Imaging Sensor 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 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.
3D Ready = This means that this camcorder can take both regular HD video, or 3D video with a 3D Lens (usually optional). To view 3D video requires a 3D TV and 3D glasses.


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