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Top-Rated HD & 4K Camcorders (2018-2019) * Comparison & Reviews




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Best Rated 2018-2019 Camcorders: Smart Review features only the best top-rated digital HD & 4K camcorders. Those camcorders with the highest owner ratings are listed here. See the high definition (HD) & 4K Ultra HD camcorders for 2018-2019. New for 2018-2019 is the introduction of more consumer Ultra HD 4K Camcorders with HDR. Read the Smart Review 2018-2019 HD & 4K 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 2018-2019.

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Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2018-2019



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BEST of 2019 Award The FDR-AX53 is Sony’s newest compact 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES in Las Vegas (see video below). 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 Sony’s best Balanced Optical Steadyshot (BOSS) image stabilization.

This camcorder, although a consumer model has many high end features, such as a premium Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar® T lens f2.0-3.8 (20x optical and 30x extended zoom). 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 quality. Manual Control (Iris, Shutter, Exposure, and White Balance. External Microphone and Headphone Jacks, Infrared Night Vision and an EVF Viewfinder. Future proof your videos by going with 4K Ultra HD resolution. The FDR-AX53 has won our BEST of 2019 award for camcorders under $1000. …More…

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Smart-Review | HD & 4K Camcorder Buying Guide (2018-2019)

2018-2019 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-V770 Full HD WiFi Camcorder | Review



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Panasonic’s midrange HC-V770 Flash Memory WiFi Camcorder replaces the extremely popular HC-V750K 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-F3.6 lens that was created for the HC-V770 to help in low light situations. The wide angle 29.5mm lens can fit more people and more of the background into the frame than a conventional lens. The back illuminated 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, and improve video in low light. Takes 24.0 megapixel still pictures.

Included on the HC-V750 camcorder 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, 20x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 50x), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack. At full HD resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 H.264 at a higher 50mbps 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, Redesigned Microphone shields the camcorder from wind noise. Dolby 5.1 sound. New features: Wireless Twin camera & HDR (High Dynamic Range). …More…

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Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2018-2019



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Best of 2019 Award **New for 2018-2019** The FDR-AX700 is Sony’s upgrade to the popular FDR-AX100 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES in Las Vegas. The biggest upgrades are the new 273 point phase detection AF for fast and accurate video focusing, Dual Card Slots, Higher resolution LCD touchscreen, new 120p mode for HD, S-Log2 and S-Log3, and new HDR recording mode. This model shoots at 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) which is at 8 megapixels resolution versus only 2 megapixels for Full HD, a four fold increase in resolution.

The FDR-AX700 has a huge 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor (14.2M pixels). This is far larger than most camcorder imagers, and will give better 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 quality. For best image quality, Sony has equipped the FDR-AX700 with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. EVF Viewfinder. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Infrared Night Vision. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards and won our BEST of 2019 Award …More…

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Sony Handycam FDR-AX33 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review



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The FDR-AX33 was Sony’s first compact 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model a while back at CES in Las Vegas and it received many Best of CES awards. 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 Sony’s best Balanced Optical Steadyshot™ (BOSS) image stabilization, the first 4K model to have this technology.

This camcorder, although a consumer model has many high end features, such as a premium Carl Zeiss lens f1.8-3.4 (10x optical and 20x extended zoom). 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 quality. Manual Control (Iris, Shutter, Exposure, and White Balance. EVF Viewfinder. Shoots at 100Mbps for best picture quality. …More…

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Canon VIXIA HF R800 Full HD Camcorder | Review 2019


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The Canon HF-R800 is Canon’s lowest cost Full 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, 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. Camcorder turns on/off instantly when you open the LCD panel. Dolby Digital AC3 (2 Channel) sound. Highlight Priority Mode which can give you an HDR-like quality to your video. and prevents loss of detail in high brightness areas. …More…

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Canon XA11 Professional Full HD Camcorder | Reviews 2019



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Best of 2019 Award The Canon Pro XA11 is Canon’s compact professional Full HD camcorder. The XA11 has a sensor with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. 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 low light performance even at full zoom. The Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). The 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen has capacitive touch, for touch focus or menus. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, 3 megapixel photos and the Digital DV 4 image processor.

Included with the XA11 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 high 60p (60fps) mode. External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The XA11 Pro records at up to 28mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate), or 35mbps using the 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). Pro Features: 2 XLR Audio Inputs, Infrared Night Vision (see in the dark). Won our BEST of 2019 Award for HD camcorders. …More…

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Sony Pro HXR-NX80 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | NXCAM Review 2018-2019



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Best of 2019 Award **New for 2018-2019** The HXR-NX80 is Sony’s upgrade to the popular NXCAM Series 4K Pro camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES in Las Vegas. The biggest upgrades are the new 273 point phase detection AF for fast and accurate video focusing, Dual Card Slots, Higher resolution LCD touchscreen, new 120p mode for HD, S-Log2 and S-Log3, and new HDR recording mode. This model now 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.

The Pro HXR-NX80 has a huge 1-inch back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS Sensor (14.2M pixels). This is far larger than most camcorder imagers, and will give better 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 quality. For best image quality, Sony has equipped the HXR-NX80 with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. EVF Viewfinder. XLR Audio Inputs. Infrared Night Vision Feature. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards, and won our BEST of 2019 Award for 4K Pro Camcorders… …More…

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Best Rated 4K Ultra HD Camcorders (2018-2019) * Comparison & Reviews

Best Rated 4K CamcordersBest Rated 4K Ultra HD Camcorders 2018-2019 – This is a roundup of the latest top-rated 4K camcorders. A 4K camcorder has four times the resolution of Full HD, the same resolution as 4K movie projectors at your local theater. 4K is the latest standard in TVs, and your 4K camcorder will future proof your videos for generations to come.

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Smart-Review | Top 5 Best Rated 4K Camcorders for 2019

  1. Sony Pro HXR-NX80 4K Camcorder (4.7 Stars)
  2. Sony Handycam FDR-AX700 4K Camcorder (4.7 Stars)
  3. Sony Handycam FDR-AX53 4K Camcorder (4.5 Stars)
  4. Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Camcorder (4.5 Stars)
  5. Canon Vixia HF G50 4K Camcorder (4.5 Stars)

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GoPro HERO7 Black 4K Action Camera | Review 2019



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Best of 2019 Award **New for 2019** GoPro’s top-of-the-line HERO7 Black Edition Camera is the top action camera on the market. The big new feature for 2019 is HyperSmooth image stabilization, which is a breakthrough in stabilization technology. Action cams are made to be in shaky environments, and image stabilization is key.

The HERO7 Black also can shoot 4K60 video (4K at 60fps), and HyperSmooth works, even at this high resolution and framerate. For many applications the HyperSmooth will replace a gimbal for stabilization. Another new feature is Time Warp Video which is a time lapse movie, that uses HyperSmooth to give you a much smoother and less jittier time lapse movie. Both of these technologies are readily superior when compared to prior models. A new Live Streaming application allows you to show video live to social media. This is a fantastic Action Cam, the best we ever tested. For that it has received our BEST of 2019 Award….
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Panasonic HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review



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Panasonic’s HC-WXF991K 4K Ultra HD consumer camcorder. 4K has 4 times the resolution , of Full HD and is about the same resolution as the 4K projector in your local movie theater. With the industry transitioning to 4K TVs, this camcorder will future proof your videos to look spectacular on these TVs. If you shoot video in 4K and then convert it to HD, the video will still appear much sharper than a regular HD camcorder would. The HC-WXF991K can record in either 4K or HD. The camcorder records video to SDXC U3 Memory cards, with 4K recording at a high 72mbps bit rate.

For best image quality the camcorder includes a fast Leica F1.8-F3.6 lens that was designed for the HC-WXF991K to help in low light situations. For night recording, you can use the Night Vision Feature. Panasonic has added a Second Twin Camera, for picture in a picture effect. The HC-WXF991K has a twin camera, so you can record a picture in a picture. 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, 20x optical zoom (Intelligent Zoom function can go up to 25x in 4K and 40x in HD), accessory shoe, and an external microphone jack and headphone jack. EVF Viewfinder. At full 4K Ultra HD resolution the camcorder records to MPEG-4 H.264 at a high 72mbps bit rate. High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature. Night Vision. Full HD slow motion feature. …More…

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Canon Vixia HF-G60 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2019



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The Canon Vixia HF-G60 is Canon’s latest compact consumer 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. 4K Ultra HD has 4x the resolution of full HD, the same resolution used on 4K TVs and Movie Theater 4K projectors. This 4K camcorder is Compact in size and weight, offering a much larger 1-inch imager for lower light performance and higher dynamic range. This compact camcorder also has the vaunted Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus system, inherited from the Canon EOS line of DSLRs. Records video in 4K Ultra HD at up to 30fps (4K 30p), and Full HD at up to 60fps. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots).

The 15x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom. The Vixia HF-G60 features the new 5-Axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). The Digic DV6 Processor provides processing power, and better picture quality. For Sound, the G60 has both external microphone and headphone jacks for recording and monitoring audio. …More…

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Canon XA50 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder | Reviews 2019



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**New for 2019** The Canon Professional XA50 is Canon’s latest compact professional camcorder in the XA series, now upgraded with 4K UHD video capability. 4k records at four times the resolution of Full HD. The XA50 has been upgraded to a much larger 1-inch imaging sensor, providing improved low light performance, and wider dynamic range. Records video in full HD and in the latest 4K Ultra HD (3850 x 2160) resolution. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots). The 15x zoom Video Lens delivers excellent image quality for Full HD or 4K shooting.

The Professional XA50 has been upgraded with 5-axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). This type of camcorder is excellent for video journalism, documentaries, and run and gun usage. The 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen has capacitive touch, for touch focus or menus. Pro Features: 2 XLR Audio Inputs, Infrared Night Vision (see in the dark). Won our BEST of 2019 Award for HD camcorders. …More…

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Canon Vixia HF-G50 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review 2019



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The Canon Vixia G50 is Canon’s lowest priced compact consumer 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. 4K Ultra HD has 4x the resolution of full HD, the same resolution used on 4K TVs and Movie Theater 4K projectors. This entry level 4K camcorder is Compact in size and weight. Records video in 4K Ultra HD at up to 30fps (4K 30p), and Full HD at up to 60fps. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots). The 20x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom. The Vixia HF-G50 features the new 5-Axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). The Digic DV6 Processor provides processing power, and better picture quality. For Sound, the G50 has both external microphone and headphone jacks for recording and monitoring audio. …More…

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Canon Vixia HF G21 Full HD Camcorder | Reviews 2019



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Best of 2019 Award The Canon HF-G21 is Canon’s top of the line flagship of consumer Full HD camcorders. The G21 has a new sensor with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. 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 low light performance even at full zoom. The Dynamic SuperRange optical image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). The Large 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen has capacitive touch, for touch focus or menus. External Microphone Terminal with Manual Audio Level Control, Headphone Terminal, 3 megapixel photos 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 high 60p (60fps) mode. External Microphone Jack for better sound options. The HF G21 records at up to 28mbps (the AVHCD best bit rate), or 35mbps using the 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). The HF G21 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. The HF-G21 has won our BEST of 2019 award for consumer HD camcorders.
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Canon Vixia GX10 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Reviews



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The Canon Vixia GX10 is Canon’s first consumer 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. 4K Ultra HD has 4x the resolution of full HD, the same resolution used on 4K TVs and Movie Theater 4K projectors. The GX10 shares much of the same hardware as the Pro XF-400 4K Camcorder, with the main difference being XLR audio. So you get Pro features on a Prosumer camcorder. The GX10 has a new much larger (1-inch) 4K UHD CMOS Imager with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. Compact in size. Records video in 4K Ultra HD at up to 60fps (4K 60p), and Full HD at up to 120fps. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots)

The 15x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom. The Vixia GX10 features the new 5-Axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Another big first is the inclusion of the excellent Dual Pixel AF a high-speed, high-precision autofocus technology to a consumer camcorder. The new Dual Digic DV6 Processors are what powers these new advanced features, including 4K @60fps, and 1080p @120fps. The Large 3.5-inch high resolution touchscreen is the highest resolution screen on a camcorder that we have reviewed. For Sound, the GX10 has both external microphone and headphone jacks for recording and monitoring audio. Built-in WiFi. The GX10 has won our BEST of 2018 award for consumer HD camcorders.
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Sony Handycam FDR-AX100 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Review



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The FDR-AX100 is Sony’s first compact 4K consumer camcorder. SmartReview previewed this model at CES in Las Vegas. It received more awards than any other camcorder, and is SmartReview’s top consumer 4K camcorder for 2016. 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 with a Carl Zeiss 12x Optical Zoom Lens. It has an excellent 2.35 million dot OLED EVF Viewfinder as well. EVF Viewfinder. External Microphone and Headphone jacks. Night Vision Infrared. Built-in WiFi and NFC. This is a premium quality camcorder in all regards. …More…

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Panasonic HC-X1000 4K-60p Ultra HD DCI Pro Camcorder | Review



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Panasonic’s HC-X1000 Pro Camcorder is the lowest priced Pro 4K Camcorder from Panasonic. 4K has 4 times the resolution of Full HD, and is about the same resolution as the 4K projector in your local movie theater. The HC-X1000 shoots 4K video at 8 megapixels (3840 x 2160) per frame, vs. 2 megapixels (1920 x 1080) of Full HD. It will also shoot at Cinematic 4K (4096 x 2160p). 2 Channel XLR Input. With the industry transitioning to 4K TVs, this camcorder will future proof your videos to look spectacular on these TVs. Cinematic 4K is the same resolution as movie theater 4K projectors. If you shoot video in 4K and then convert it to HD, the video will still appear much sharper than a regular HD camcorder would. The HC-X1000 can record in either 4K or HD. What sets this Pro camcorder apart from Consumer versions is that this one can shoot at 4K 60p (60fps) in full UHD 4K. The camcorder records 4K video to SDXC U3 Memory cards, with 4K recording at a high 150mbps bit rate. Dual SD Card Slots. Up to one hour of video recording at best compression per card. For best image quality the camcorder includes a fast Leica F1.8-F3.6 lens that was designed for the HC-X1000 to help in low light situations. For night recording, you can use the infrared Night Vision feature. Included are advanced features such as High-Speed, High-Precision AF, ND Filters, and Triple manual lens rings. WiFi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n) and NFC Built-in. …Read More…

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Canon Professional XF400 4K Ultra HD Camcorder | Reviews | Dual Pixel CMOS AF


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< The Canon Professional XF400 is Canon’s Pro 4K Ultra HD Camcorder. 4K Ultra HD has 4x the resolution of full HD, the same resolution used on 4K TVs and Movie Theater 4K projectors. The XF400 upgrades the popular XF Pro Series with many new features. The Canon Pro XF400 has a new much larger (1-inch) 4K UHD CMOS Imager with Wide Dynamic Range Gamma and improved low light performance. Compact in size. Records video in 4K Ultra HD at up to 60fps, and Full HD at up to 120fps. Records to SDHC/SDXC memory cards (camcorder has two memory card slots) The 15x zoom HD Video Lens delivers excellent image quality and low light performance even at full zoom.

The Professional XF400 features the new 5-Axis image stabilization (keeps video sharp in low light, or when holding the camcorder without a tripod). Infrared Night Vision Feature. Another big first is the inclusion of the excellent Dual Pixel AF a high-speed, high-precision autofocus technology to a consumer camcorder. The new Dual Digic DV6 Processors are what powers these new advanced features, including 4K @60fps (4K 60p), and 1080p @120fps. The Large 3.5-inch high resolution touchscreen is the highest resolution screen on a camcorder that we have reviewed. For Sound, the Pro XF400 has Dual XLR inputs, and external microphone and headphone jacks for recording and monitoring audio. …More…

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