Best cheap camcorders for Christmas

The best digital video camcorder deals under $300 from Sony, Panasonic, Kodak and more

Once upon a time, video cameras were a very expensive investment; especially if you wanted a high-definition model. These days, you can snap up a Full HD camcorder for under $200. Naturally, these budget models lack the advanced features and imaging capabilites of their premium stable mates, but they remain capable of taking great looking video. They are also a lot more beginner-friendly. In no particular order, here are the Top 10 budget-level camcorders currently available on store shelves. All models are under $300 and some even come from leading brands like Sony and Panasonic.

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Panasonic HM-TA1

The Panasonic HM-TA1 is a great choice for people who just want to do the basics. It will suit casual videographers, teenagers and bloggers on the go.

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  • 6th Sept., 2010
  • Chris Jager
  • Panasonic
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  • Pros:
  • Solid video performance, user-friendly interface, attractive styling, good still image mode
  • Cons:
  • No HDMI port, limited feature set, no lens cap
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