Editor's Choice - Our Favorite 35mm Camcorders

1. Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)

User Ratings: 58 8

Sony HDRCX405/B First Impressions

"It works perfectly so far."

The camcorder is nice and compact. I will definitely use it more often. The clarity of the video was amazing. What you get is quite a lot, really. Great 35mm Camcorder and meets my needs.

  • Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder (black)
  • 50Mbps XAVC S1 1920x1080 at 60P, AVCHD and MP4 codecs. 30x Optical / 60x Clear Image Zoom to get closer to the action. 26.8mm wide angle ZEISS Lens
  • Automatically creates highlight video in MP4 from multiple clips. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization w/ Active mode. Built-in USB cable for easy file transfer/charge
  • Face Detection with voice enhancement and noise reduction. Get creative w/ 7 picture effects for video and still photos.For windows computers, details vary according to OS (Windows7/VISTA/XP)
  • View on 2.7” Clear Photo Plus LCD display. Intelligent Auto (60 different scene combinations possible) , Focal Length (35mm) (Video) f=26.8 - 804.0 mm (16:9) Focal Length (35mm) (Still Image) f=26.8-804.0mm (16:9), f=32.8-984.0mm (4:3)
  • This product does not have an external microphone input.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony HDRCX405/B
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Sony HDRCX405/B Final Thoughts

"Instructions are decent."

I'm using it to make my YouTube videos. There are not any fancy professional features. 3 settings, up close, mid range and infinity. And the rocker zoom is awesome. The lanyard has been amazing.

Overall Score
4.1


(660 Points)

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2. Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)

User Ratings: 64 11

Sony FDRAX53/B First Impressions

"Worth what I paid."

Very easy to hold in one hand. I am so glad I chose this particular unit! It keeps the frames still and colors vibrant. If you are also an amateur photographer. However I am glad I did purchase!

  • Sony FDRAX53/B 4K HD Video Recording Camcorder (Black)
  • 4K XAVC-S recording with 16.6MP, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS stabilization
  • ZEISS lens(26.8mm) 20x optical zoom in 4K, 30x Clear Image Zoom in 4K
  • 3.0" LCD (Touch panel), EVF, Wi-Fi/NFC, manual ring, night shot, 4K Time-lapse capture
  • Built-in Zoom Microphone. Minimum Focus Distance- approx. 13/32 Inch (Wide), approx. 31 1/2 Inch (Tele), approx. 1 cm (Wide), approx. 80 cm (Tele). Focal Length (35mm equivalent) (Still Image)- f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9) f=32.8-656.0 mm (4:3).Focal Length (35 mm equivalent) (Video)- f=26.8-536.0 mm (16:9)2
  • In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack(NP-FV70/NP-FV70A) (1); AC Adaptor (1); Power Cord (1); Operating Guide(1); HDMI(micro) Cable (1); micro USB Cable (1)
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony FDRAX53/B
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Sony FDRAX53/B Final Thoughts

"And guess what!"

Picture quality is outstanding. Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. He was pretty happy about the microphone. The clarity of the video was amazing. Seems well made, as expected for the price.

Overall Score
4.1


(206 Points)

3. Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Camera with EF Mount, External Camera Controls

User Ratings: 45

Blackmagic Design FBA_CINEURSAMUPRO46K First Impressions

"Worth the price."

This is absolutely the perfect tool for me. So many features, streamlined everything. We travel out after I receive this Blackmagic Design FBA_CINEURSAMUPRO46K. However I am glad I did purchase! We are very pleased with this product.

  • Blackmagic Design URSA Mini Pro 4.6K Camera with EF Mount, External Camera Controls
  • 4.6K Super-35mm CMOS Sensor
  • 4608 x 2592 Video up to 60p
  • CinemaDNG and ProRes 444 & 422 Recording
  • Full Set of External Controls
  • Built in ND Filters
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Blackmagic Design FBA_CINEURSAMUPRO46K
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Blackmagic Design FBA_CINEURSAMUPRO46K Final Thoughts

"It’s a good buy."

Over all, good quality for the price. The material of the Blackmagic Design FBA_CINEURSAMUPRO46K seems really good. I didn't get to test the far away sound mode. I didn't get to test the far away sound mode. Functions are straightforward.

Overall Score
4.0


(8 Points)

4. JVC GYHM70U HD Shoulder Mount Camcorder

User Ratings: 43

JVC GYHM70U First Impressions

"The JVC GYHM70U works great."

He was pretty happy about the microphone. I've tried many brands & models. I used to just take videos on my phone. The phone/camera mount piece works great. I like The light weight small size.

  • JVC GYHM70U HD Shoulder Mount Camcorder
  • 29.5mm wide angle autofocus zoom lens (35mm equivalent: 25.5mm - 476mm); 16x dynamic zoom, 200x digital zoom
  • Full 1080/60P capture and recording in the AVCHD Progressive format (28Mbps)
  • High speed video recording (for slow motion) 300 fps (720 x 480 resolution); 12MP digital still capture (JPEG format)
  • 1/2.3” 12MP oversampled CMOS imager; Optical image stabilizer
  • Time lapse recording (1 to 80 sec. intervals); Manual focus, zoom, iris, shutter, white balance
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JVC GYHM70U
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JVC GYHM70U Final Thoughts

"Very nice!"

Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. Indoors it performed quite well. This Camera/Camcorder Is Great! Must be turned on and off manually. Much better then other same style 35mm Camcorder.

Overall Score
4.4


(6 Points)

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5. JVC GY-HM200U Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Professional Camcorder & Top Handle Audio Unit

User Ratings: 80 20

JVC GYHM200U First Impressions

"I got camera for my mom."

I received the JVC GYHM200U today. Still, it's worth knowing about. And the photo is acceptable also. Wow this was such a great purchase! Super easy to read instructions too!

  • JVC GY-HM200U Ultra 4K HD 4KCAM Professional Camcorder & Top Handle Audio Unit
  • JVC GY-HM200U 4KCAM Handheld Camcorder - Handle unit - Battery (SSL-JVC50) - AC AdapterThis Item Includes: Single 1/2.3-inch CMOS image sensor with 12.4 million pixelsHigh quality integrated 12x F1.2-3.5 zoom lens (35mm equivalent 29.5-354mm)Dynamic Zoom in HD mode combines optical zoom and pixel mapping to create seamless and lossless 24x zoom.4K Ultra HD recording (150 Mbps, 24/30p) to SDXC(UHS-I Speed class3) card
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JVC GYHM200U
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JVC GYHM200U Final Thoughts

"Quite easy to follow."

So many features, streamlined everything. Very easy to hold in one hand. The image stabilizer works very well. It's only a bit heavier, but it's bulky. But not an awful lot better.

Overall Score
4.2


(4 Points)

6. LILLIPUT 7" 664 IPS Screen Hdmi in Slim Shutter Release Camera-top Monitor with Broadcast Quality fo...

User Ratings: 32

Lilliput 5D-ii/O/P First Impressions

"So fun!"

It has an camera and it does video. This unit is awesome and the price is great. Very crystal clear picture and sounds. And the photo is acceptable also. Picture quality is outstanding.

  • LILLIPUT 7" 664 IPS Screen Hdmi in Slim Shutter Release Camera-top Monitor with Broadcast Quality for DSLR & Full Hd Camcorder
  • MODEL:664(HDMI IN)
  • Super light weight (365g) and super slim (35mm)
  • Super high quality IPS Panel Screen ,1280x800 (takes 1080P input)
  • High Brightness 400cd/m2
  • High Contrast 800:1
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Lilliput 5D-ii/O/P
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Lilliput 5D-ii/O/P Final Thoughts

"Very light and compact."

Well packed and worth the money. This unit is awesome and the price is great. I've tried many brands & models. Great 35mm Camcorder for me. It did come with a memory card on top of it.

Overall Score
4.0


(3 Points)

7. Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 23x Intelligent / 16.8X Opt...

Panasonic First Impressions

"Great picture and sound."

However I am glad I did purchase! I really appreciate with the extra battery. The Panasonic is small and lightweight. Not that many left on the inexpensive end. Super easy to read instructions too!

  • Panasonic AG-AC7 Shoulder Mount AVCHD Camcorder, 1920 x 1080 Resolution, 23x Intelligent / 16.8X Optical Zoom, 2.7 inch LCD Touchscreen, HDMI, USB 2.0
  • Full HD 1920 x 1080 (60i) RecordingAlso Records Standard-Def 480i23x Intelligent / 16.8x Optical Zoom35.8mm (35mm Equivalent) at Full WideProfessional-Style Ergonomics
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic
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Panasonic Final Thoughts

"Totally unusable."

The best part is the real-time imagery. That is not the case with the Panasonic . Feel free to contact me if you have questions. The material of the Panasonic seems really good. First off this was an open box purchase.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

8. JVC GY-HM250U Camcorder, 3.5", Black

User Ratings: 53

JVC GY-HM250U First Impressions

"We bought the JVC GY-HM250U."

Great 35mm Camcorder and meets my needs. I had no problems at all with setup at all. Really great camera and easy to use. Really like the clarity of the picture. Overall this 35mm Camcorder is a great buy.

  • JVC GY-HM250U Camcorder, 3.5", Black
  • JVC gy-hm250 12.4MP 4K UHD camcorder with FHD live streaming - handle unit - SSL-JVC50 7.4V IDX lithium-ion battery - AC Adapter - JVC 1 Year Limited Warranty
  • Single 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 12.4 million pixels
  • High quality integrated 12x F1.2-3.5 zoom Lens (35mm equivalent: 29.6-355Mm)
  • Lower-third and full-screen titling solutions for recorded or stream video (in HD mode)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The JVC GY-HM250U
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JVC GY-HM250U Final Thoughts

"I like the JVC GY-HM250U."

I did exactly what the ad said. Honestly, the tiny size is my favorite thing! That is not the case with the JVC GY-HM250U. It is inexpensive 35mm Camcorder. Super easy to load onto my laptop also.

Overall Score
4.1


(2 Points)

9. Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder + Creative Filter Kit and Video Editing Software

Canon 1456C002 First Impressions

"The camera feels good."

Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. Much better then other same style 35mm Camcorder. Used this multiple times for church lectures. I didn't get to test the far away sound mode. I had no problems at all with setup at all.

  • Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder + Creative Filter Kit and Video Editing Software
  • An upgraded follow-up to the XC10, the Canon XC15 4K Professional Camcorder is enhanced for more professional use, providing for a more complete audio/video capture workflow among other in the same compact, ergonomic form factor.
  • The XC15 features a 1" 12MP CMOS sensor capable of capturing up to Ultra HD 4K resolutions at up to 29.97 fps and 1080p at up to 59.94p, and an integrated f/2.8 - 5.6, 8.9 to 89mm zoom lens, which has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27.3 to 273mm in video mode.
  • The camera has separate focus and zoom rings and offers auto and manual focus controls. The XC15 supports both CFast and SD cards like the XC10 did.
  • 4K video records to CFast cards in an MXF wrapper at up to 305 Mbps in an H.264-based, IntraFrame, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec; while 1080p video writes to SD cards at up to 50 Mbps in an H.264-based, Long-GOP, 4:2:2, 8-bit codec, also in an MXF wrapper.
  • Still images are also written to SD cards. Keeping 4K video separate from 1080p and stills will help avoid data mix-ups.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 1456C002
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Canon 1456C002 Final Thoughts

"Does decent in low light."

The batteries come already charged. I love it and definitely recommend to others. It’s really time to buy this Canon 1456C002. I received the Canon 1456C002 today. Not very heavy and can take it anywhere.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. Tactacam Wide Angle Camera (No Fish Eye)

User Ratings: 67

TACTACAM SG_B07BYXJ627_US First Impressions

"The video is great."

I really appreciate with the extra battery. This is absolutely the best bang for the buck. I am so glad I chose this particular unit! So many features, streamlined everything. This is a gift for my brother's birthday.

  • Tactacam Wide Angle Camera (No Fish Eye)
  • ITEM INCLUDES: Tactacam 5.0 Wide Angle action camera, Battery, Head Mount, USB cable with charging wall adapter, Tactacam lens cloth, Tactacam camera bag, User manual, Tactacam decal, Tactacam Universal Adapter
  • EASY USE: Attach the Tactacam 5.0 Wide to your bow, crossbow or firearm, push the power on auto record button to start recording. Push the button again when you want to stop recording.
  • COMPATIBILITY: The Tactacam 5.0 Wide is compatible with both the Tactacam Remote and Tactacam app. Turn on multiple cameras at once with the Tactacam Remote and share your hunt instantly with the Facebook live feature.
  • HIGH QUALITY LENS: This small hunting video camera was built with an ultra-high-quality lens and low-light sensor.
  • MADE TO PERFORM: Tactacam 5.0 Wide films 4K HD, low light sensor and a 360-degree mic. Combined with Tactacam’s newly designed shell, quick change mode button, external battery indicator and rugged water-resistant construction… This camera is made to perform and will stand up to the rigors of your hunt.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium Polymer batteries required.
  • Editor's Impressions Of The TACTACAM SG_B07BYXJ627_US
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TACTACAM SG_B07BYXJ627_US Final Thoughts

"To me, it looks great."

In my opinion, the price you got is very low. But not an awful lot better. The phone/camera mount piece works great. This TACTACAM SG_B07BYXJ627_US works great for me. Indoors it performed quite well.

Overall Score
4.3


(3 Points)

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