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  1. Sony MHS-PM5K Bloggie review

    Sony MHS-PM5K Bloggie review

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    Pocket-friendly camcorder with Full HD resolution and unique rotating lens

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    Kodak Zi8 review

    Kodak Zi8 review

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    Is this new mini camcorder a worthy update to its older brother?

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    Panasonic HDC-HS60 review

    Panasonic HDC-HS60 review

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    Compact Full HD camcorder offering over 50 hours of movie storage

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    Samsung HMX-R10BP review

    Samsung HMX-R10BP review

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    Fun, versatile and affordable HD shooter – with a design twist

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    Sony HDR-TG7 review

    Sony HDR-TG7 review

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    Just like its forerunner, the TG3, Sony's stylish new Full HD shooter is a camcorder with the 'wow' factor. The HDR-TG7 takes the pistol-grip camcorder design and refines it so that you get a trim, slim, easy-to-use model – with an intriguing twist being added by a built-in GPS receiver.

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    Panasonic HDC-SD10 review

    Panasonic HDC-SD10 review

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    It's the second-best little camcorder we've seen this week...

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    Sony HDR XR520 1080p camcorder review

    Sony HDR XR520 1080p camcorder review

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    After years in the doldrums camcorders are looking dynamic again thanks to stellar high-def images, competitive prices and the unstinting rise of YouTube. Sony is taking advantage of this with the HDR-XR520, a Full HD (1920x1080) shooter that crams in a 3.2in touchscreen LCD, 240GB hard disk drive, 12x optical zoom – and just happens to be the world's first with built-in GPS.

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    Panasonic SDR-H80 review

    Panasonic SDR-H80 review

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    The H80 also offers the largest optical zoom on a consumer cam and in a bid to unleash the imaginations of the masses, there's also a straight to YouTube function for budding filmmakers.

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    Canon LEGRIA HF S10 review

    Canon LEGRIA HF S10 review

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    Canon's 2009 range of HD and Flash-based camcorders come with a new brand name – LEGRIA. What it means or what it stands for is, for now, enigmatic but in the shape of the HF S10 it represents a high-def camcorder with imaging power that'll blow your socks off.

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    Creative Vado HD review

    Creative Vado HD review

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    We loved the original Creative Vado camcorder. It was cheap, and it offered instant video recording for all those moments that would normally just pass you by. Can the Vado HD live up to our expectations?

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    Flip Video Mino review

    Flip Video Mino review

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    Technically, you can call the Flip Video Mino a camcorder. But its no-frills feature set and 640x480 resolution casts it as more of a 'dumbcorder'. Imagine the power of a VGA webcam sellotaped to a 2GB memory card, all stuffed into the hollowed out shell of a Nokia N95.

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    Sony HDR-SR11 review

    Sony HDR-SR11 review

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    Although the Mac OS is the platform of choice for editing video and rendering effects, it still lags behind Windows with its support for hard disk camcorders. HDD offers longer recording times, high-def recording and some better file handling efficiencies. However, few of these HDD units are fully Mac-compatible.

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    Creative Vado review

    Creative Vado review

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    While the Creative Vado may look like a vintage MP3 player, don’t let it’s uninspiring plastic exterior fool you. This is a very cool gadget indeed, even though it perhaps doesn’t quite look like it. It's a realy cool point-and-shoot video camera

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    Sony PMW-EX1 review

    Sony PMW-EX1 review

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    If Sony is looking for a heavyweight contender in the battle for semi-pro camcorder supremacy then the EX1 might well be it. Well, it would be if the battle could be won at the weigh-in. You see the first thing we noticed when removing this new cam from the box was its weight. At 2.8kg it is a bit of a back-breaker but further investigation revealed some nifty innovations that go some way to compensate.

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    Sony HDR-CX6 review

    Sony HDR-CX6 review

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    Comfortably the smallest and lightest model in this roundup, the CX6 records all footage on to removable Memory Sticks.

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    Panasonic SDR-S7 Camcorder review

    Panasonic SDR-S7 Camcorder review

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    Human beings are naturally attracted to anything small and cute. Newborn puppies, Shetland ponies and Kylie Minogue all have their tiny proportions to thank for their general public approval. The same logic applies to gadgets - and with good reason. You don't want people questioning how pleased you are to see them when in fact you're just packing the latest technology. Here comes Panasonic's latest diddy video camera

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    JVC GZ-HD3 review

    JVC GZ-HD3 review

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    A rather large camcorder, the JVC GZ-HD3 is built like a brick. Though no less pretty to look at than its rivals, it offers the sort of robustness and build quality that ensures that it'll appeal more to the serious videomaker for whom precise control, stability and high-quality images are of a premium.

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    Panasonic HDC-HS9 review

    Panasonic HDC-HS9 review

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    Here’s a £700 HD cam that manages to cram two formats into its modest frame: SD and HDD. Perfect for the high-def connoisseur who can’t make their mind up

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    Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 review

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-HD700 review

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    The £350 Xacti VPC-HD700 is aimed at those looking for a pocket-sized solution. And although it will have many purists turning their noses up at the lack of manual controls and viewfinder, the HD700 reveals itself as a satisfyingly flexible tool.

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    JVC GZ-MG330 review

    JVC GZ-MG330 review

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    New year, new Everios. The first to hit the UK's shores is the budget MG330, part of a range that extends up to the Full HD GD7 model. The essence of the Everio remains - a 30GB HDD using MPEG2 compression - however, there are some outstanding cosmetic tweaks and a new lens system to serve up unrivalled video.

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    Canon MVX460 review

    Canon MVX460 review

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    In the frenzy to develop camcorders that are even smaller, more compact and cheaper than ever before, manufacturers sometimes lose sight of the kind of features that consumers love. Fortunately Canon is helping to redress the balance with the introduction of the MVX460 - a camcorder that succeeds with a selection of old-fashioned but essential functions.

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    Canon HG10 review

    Canon HG10 review

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    This cam captures full HD footage to a 40GB hard drive and can store up to 5hr 30min of footage at maximum resolution. At £800, it's certainly more expensive, but then it offers so much more, as we'll find out...

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