The Best Video Camcorders (As of August 2009)

Best HD Flash Memory Camcorder: The Canon VIXIA HF200 HD Flash Memory Camcorder is one of the most features found in any camcorders in the market but yet, manages to maintain its compact size. It has a wide array of manual features and record high quality HD videos, in full HD (1920 x 1080) straight into a removable memory card. It also has a 15x optical zoom. This model comes with a bright 2.7-inch TFT LCD display. It can also take still images at 2 mega pixels. Currently, there are no camcorders in the market that rivals the video quality and the feature set of the Canon VIXIA HF200. It is a little more expensive that usual, but will be worth every penny spent.

Best mini HD Camcorder: The Flip UltraHD Camcorder has been creating lots of hype since the day it was launched. It is tiny little HD camcorder, measuring just 2.2 x 1.2 x 4.2 inches and weighing in at 6 ounces. This model 8GB of in-built storage and can record up to 2 hours of HD (720p) videos. The Flip is extremely tiny and very easy to use. On the back, it has a brilliant 2-inch LCD display and a huge red record button for recording videos. The quality of the videos was very good, being very sharp with accurate colors. Its fiercest rival is the Creative Labs Vado, which is also a very impressive mini HD camcorder.

Best DVD Camcorder: As there is still a segment of the market that wants to record videos directly onto a DVD, DVD camcorder are still in strong demand. Currently, the Sony DCR-DVD-650 Handycam Camcorder is one of the best in the market. It uses a Carl Zeiss Vario Tessar lens with a 2.7-inch LCD display for previewing your shots. It also has a powerful 60x optical zoom and also 2000 x in digital zoom. It also has a zoom microphone that helps zoom in on the dialogue or sounds of the subject.