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  1. Canon HV20 review

    Canon HV20 review

    10  

    If you're looking for great value high definition without sacrificing functionality, Canon's HV20 is a great place to start. It combines comprehensive connectivity with fantastic user-friendliness and superb playback quality

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    Hitachi DZ-HS500 review

    Hitachi DZ-HS500 review

    8  

    In the land of digital video, the consumer is king. Even so, consumers can feel slightly overwhelmed by the choice of digital video now available. Hence Hitachi's new idea. Why choose, it argues, when one camcorder can give you both?

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    Sony HDR-HC7 review

    Sony HDR-HC7 review

    8  

    Like some previous Sony models, the high-def HC7 plumps for the HDV format, which employs the mini DV tapes that most of us are familiar with. And we're pleased to report that it represents most of what's good about high-def camcorders

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    JVC GZ-HD7 review

    JVC GZ-HD7 review

    9  

    JVC's range of Everio camcorders has proved mighty successful over the last few years and the latest addition to its HD stable looks certain to continue the trend. It's also the first consumer camcorder to provide Full HD recording

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    Canon DC230 review

    Canon DC230 review

    8  

    Like all consumer DVD camcorders, the Canon DC230 has been designed for first-timers who have neither the time nor the inclination to mess around with the more complex functions and features associated with home video camcorders

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    JVC GZ-MG275 review

    JVC GZ-MG275 review

    9  

    While other manufacturers have hedged their bets in the increasingly complex world of camcorder formats, JVC has stuck to its guns with the hard disk Everio and the range has gone from strength to strength

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    Panasonic HDC-DX1 review

    Panasonic HDC-DX1 review

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    The HDC-DX1 represents Panasonic's first tentative step into the world of disc-based HDV camcorders, though its track record with cassette and hard-drive HDV camcorders suggest that this shouldn't be anything less than an impressive debut

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    Sanyo VPC-HD2 review

    Sanyo VPC-HD2 review

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    Sanyo might not be one of the marquee names when it comes to digital camcorders but the company has scored some points in recent months with the arrival of a select bunch of high-definition camcorders

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    JVC GR-D760 review

    JVC GR-D760 review

    8  

    The budget mini DV camcorder is a dying breed. There was a time, not long ago, when this sort of technology could command a mid-market price tag and would vie for shoppers' attention among a clutch of high-performance tape machines

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    Canon DC201 review

    Canon DC201 review

    9  

    DVD camcorders often surprise us. We have never made any secret of thinking the format has some unresolved issues. Yet the cams themselves have proved popular with the buying public and often confound our expectations with their quality

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    Canon DC201 review

    Canon DC201 review

    9  

    DVD camcorders often surprise us. We have never made any secret of the fact that we think the format has some issues that are yet to be resolved, yet the cams themselves have proved popular with the buying public

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    Panansonic HDC-DX1 review

    Panansonic HDC-DX1 review

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    Having already dabbled its toe into HDV waters with the hard-drive HDCSD1, Panasonic is hoping to create something of a splash with the HDC-DX1, which captures HD footage onto DVDs - of the 8cm variety

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    JVC GZ-MG130 review

    JVC GZ-MG130 review

    8  

    Two years ago HDD and SD technologies were just emerging on the scene. Now, a quick glance across the major players in the camcorder world reveals that the new storage formats are most prevalent to the detriment of good old mini DV

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    Sony HDR-UX1 review

    Sony HDR-UX1 review

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    The HDR-UX1 is one half of a dynamic duo of camcorders that Sony hopes will showcase the potential of both high-definition video in general and, more specifically, the AVCHD (Advanced Video Codec High Definition) format

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    Panasonic NV-GS320 review

    Panasonic NV-GS320 review

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    Even though high-def, DVD and hard drive all stand at the vanguard of a new digital movie-making age, there remains something comforting about the mini DV tape format, ensuring that the 'old fashioned' tape media will be going strong for a few years yet

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    Canon HV10 review

    Canon HV10 review

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    Sony may have had the consumer HDV market to itself for a few of years, but Canon is starting to show an interest. The HV10 represents its first dip in the sub- £1,000 market and it goes head-to- head with Sony's HDR-HC3

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    Sony DCR-DVD505 review

    Sony DCR-DVD505 review

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    As a top-of-the range DVD cam the 505 is well kitted out for all manner of shooting scenarios. Using 8cm discs, the cam is compatible with DVD-R, a record-once format that offers best compatibility with household DVD players...

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    Panasonic SDR-H20 review

    Panasonic SDR-H20 review

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    This new Panasonic model, the SDR- H20, marries both formats, HDD and SD, to create a camcorder with so few moving parts that it makes mini DV look like a Heath Robinson illustration...

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    Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

    Panasonic HDC-SD1 review

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    High-definition camcorders really do represent something to get excited about. The camcorder market has laboured in recent years to find an innovation or technology that could really yank consumers into stores

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    JVC GZ-MG36 review

    JVC GZ-MG36 review

    8  

    For some time now, industry watchers have been predicting the end of the cassette as the chosen medium for storing video footage. However, despite the considerable rise in alternatives, the humble mini DV tape appears to be digging in its heels and hanging on to the number one spot

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    Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6 review

    Sanyo Xacti VPC-C6 review

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    Sanyo's Xacti VPC-C6 is the latest model since the range was launched in 2004. Now packing six megapixels and a raft of upgrades, the C6 looks better than ever.

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    Sony HDR-SR1 review

    Sony HDR-SR1 review

    9  

    Hard-disk-drive recording doesn't scare anyone anymore. Millions of people are now confident using and storing masses of digital data on computers. Take a look around and you'll also notice that a hard disk lets you carry your music with you on MP3 players

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    JVC GR-DF470 review

    9  

    This is a cam that cries out with stunningly classy good looks and handles pretty smoothly as well

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    Sanyo Xacti HD1 review

    Sanyo Xacti HD1 review

    7  

    Two developments will influence the future development of camcorders. The first will be solid-state memory, which will eventually replace tapes and discs. The second is high-definition video

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    Panasonic D250 review

    Panasonic D250 review

    9  

    While Mini DV still remains the digital recording format of choice, there are many people who are naturally graduating towards DVD. Many of these are relatively new to the camcorder world having simply skipped the whole tape era

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