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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Toshiba Camileo S20

For sheer bang for the buck, look no further than the fun-filled, 1080p-shooting Toshiba Camileo S20. It's unsurpassed in features, but we've seen better usability and build quality.

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  • 21st May, 2010
  • Tim Moynihan
  • Toshiba
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  • Pros:
  • Time-lapse mode, white balance presets, fun extras, LED lamp for low-light shooting, Very slim and light
  • Cons:
  • Menu navigation and zoom can be frustrating, no built-in USB connector, cheap-feeling build
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