Editor's Choice - Our Favorite Viewfinder Camcorders

1. Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera with Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card and NP-BX1/M8 Li...

User Ratings: 62 10

Sony First Impressions

"I like it so much."

Still, it's worth knowing about. I love the audio options. The image stabilizer works very well. Picks up good sound without the mic. I haven’t had to change the date.

  • Sony DSCHX80/B High Zoom Point & Shoot Camera with Ultra 32GB Micro SDHC UHS-I Card and NP-BX1/M8 Lithium-Ion X Type Battery
  • 30x Optical/60x Clear Image Zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* Lens, 18.2MP Exmor R CMOS Sensor for superb low light images, Built-in retractable OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder
  • Versatile video w/ high-quality XAVC S, AVCHD & MP4 formats, Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi w/NFC, 5-axis image stabilization greatly reduces camera shake blur
  • Selfie-ready 3" Extra Fine LCD multi-angle display, P/A/S/M modes, customizable settings and Memory Recall mode, Enhance features w/ downloadable camera apps, Capture the decisive moments with up to 10fps or keep your subject in focus with Lock-on AF
  • Ideal for Android-based smartphones and tablets
  • Transfer speeds of up to 98MB/s**
  • Rated A1 for faster app performance3 and UHS Speed Class U1 and Speed Class 10 for Full HD video recording and playback1
  • Shoot up to 330 photos or 80 minutes of video
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Sony
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Sony Final Thoughts

"Great value for the price."

Now I'm off to charge the battery! Really like the clarity of the picture. I will definitely use it more often. This little camera meets all those needs! There are not any fancy professional features.

Overall Score
4.1


(321 Points)

Peoples Choice - Other Highly Rated Viewfinder Camcorders

2. Canon XA50 Professional Camcorder, Black

Canon XA50 First Impressions

"Overall, I really like it!"

So far I am happy with this purchase. I used to just take videos on my phone. But not an awful lot better. This is absolutely the perfect tool for me. Super easy to load onto my laptop also.

  • Canon XA50 Professional Camcorder, Black
  • Optical Sensor Resolution: 13.4
  • Max Focal Length: 382.5
  • Viewfinder Type: Lcd
  • Lens Type: Fixed
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon XA50
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Canon XA50 Final Thoughts

"This camera was a hit."

The mic isn't great, but it'll work. What you get is quite a lot, really. Well packed and worth the money. I used to just take videos on my phone. What you get is quite a lot, really.

Overall Score
5.0


(6 Points)

3. Canon XA50 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder Advanced Bundle

Canon XA50 First Impressions

"It’s a good buy."

Overall this Viewfinder Camcorder is a great buy. Super easy to read instructions too! Much better then other same style Viewfinder Camcorder. I love the audio options. Recording effect is very good!

  • Canon XA50 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder Advanced Bundle
  • Bundle Includes: Canon XA50 Professional Camcorder + Canon Shoulder Bag + 64GB High Speed SDXC Memory Card + Card Reader + Wide Angle & Telephoto Lenses + 3 Piece Filter Kit + 4 Piece Macro Lens Kit + 6 Piece Graduated Color Filter Set + Spare Canon Replacement BP828 Battery + Rapid Charger + LED Video Light + Mini Condenser Mic + Full Size Tripod + Lens Pen + Cleaning Kit + Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • 8.29MP, 1" CMOS Sensor ? Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording ? 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable Viewfinder
  • Integrated 15x Optical Zoom Lens ? Dual XLR and Mic/Line Audio Input
  • 5-Axis Optical Image Stabilization ? Dual SD Relay and Simultaneous Recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 Processor ? Mini-HDMI Output
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon XA50
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Canon XA50 Final Thoughts

"Appreciate it."

This is absolutely the best bang for the buck. I haven’t had one in so long. The Canon XA50 is very compact. Very easy to hold in one hand. I used to just take videos on my phone.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

4. Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder (3665C002) W/Extra Battery, Soft Padded Bag, 64GB Memory Ca...

Canon 3665C002 First Impressions

"Not sure."

Must be turned on and off manually. The zoom did not really impress me. Overall, this is a very-very good camcorder. Picks up good sound without the mic. I didn't get to test the far away sound mode.

  • Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder (3665C002) W/Extra Battery, Soft Padded Bag, 64GB Memory Card, LED Light, and More Base Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 1 x Canon XA45 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder | 1 x Professional LED 160 Video Light | 1 x BP-828 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack | 1 x 64GB UHS-I SDXC Memory Card | 1 x Soft Padded Carrying Case | 1 x External AC/DC Quick Charger | 1 x 6 x 6 inch Velcro Straps (Assorted Colors) | 1 x Deluxe Cleaning Kit | 1 x SD Card USB Reader | 1 x Memory Card Wallet
  • 8.29MP, 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor | Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI and 3G-SDI Outputs | Integrated 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Dual XLR and Mic/Line Audio Input | Dual SD Relay and Simultaneous Recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 Processor | 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable Viewfinder
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 3665C002
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Canon 3665C002 Final Thoughts

"So many extra features."

There are not any fancy professional features. I've tried many brands & models. This Canon 3665C002 works great for me. The video it takes it pretty good. Not very heavy and can take it anywhere.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

Honorable Mentions - More Top Selling Viewfinder Camcorders

5. Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder (3666C002) W/Extra Battery, Soft Padded Bag, 64GB Memory Ca...

User Ratings: 48

Canon 3666C002 First Impressions

"It works perfectly so far."

This is a fantastic camera for the price. This is designed to be simple and easy to use. The price Also made this a great deal. Seems well made, as expected for the price. Very easy to hold in one hand.

  • Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder (3666C002) W/Extra Battery, Soft Padded Bag, 64GB Memory Card, LED Light, and More Base Bundle
  • BUNDLE INCLUDES: 1 x Canon XA40 Professional UHD 4K Camcorder | 1 x Professional LED 160 Video Light | 1 x BP-828 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack | 1 x 64GB UHS-I SDXC Memory Card | 1 x Soft Padded Carrying Case | 1 x External AC/DC Quick Charger | 1 x 6 x 6 inch Velcro Straps (Assorted Colors) | 1 x Deluxe Cleaning Kit | 1 x SD Card USB Reader | 1 x Memory Card Wallet
  • 8.29MP, 1/2.3" CMOS Sensor | Up to UHD 4K30 Video Recording
  • Mini-HDMI Output | Integrated 20x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Dual XLR and Mic/Line Audio Input | Dual SD Relay and Simultaneous Recording
  • DIG!C DV 6 Processor | 3" Touchscreen LCD, Tiltable Viewfinder
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Canon 3666C002
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Canon 3666C002 Final Thoughts

"Appreciate it."

Able to get a great cinematic look. Able to get a great cinematic look. We travel out after I receive this Canon 3666C002. I am still learning how to use it. Picks up good sound without the mic.

Overall Score
4.5


(2 Points)

6. Blackmagic Design Studio Camera HD 2 Broadcast Camera for Live Production

Blackmagic Design CINSTUDMFT/HD/2 First Impressions

"It has a nice case as well."

Overall, this is a very-very good camcorder. Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Really great camera and easy to use. LCD display could be better. I had no problems at all with setup at all.

  • Blackmagic Design Studio Camera HD 2 Broadcast Camera for Live Production
  • DESIGNED FOR LIVE PRODUCTION - Now you can produce multiple camera live production in any location
  • REVOLUTIONARY DESIGN - Advanced technology in a compact, rugged design. Features a compact and durable magnesium alloy body that is packed with innovative technology, making it the most rugged, portable and advanced studio camera in the world
  • EASY ACCESS BUTTONS FOR THE MOST IMPORTANT SETTINGS - Quickly and easily access the most important controls using the built in row of buttons below the viewfinder
  • MICRO FOUR THIRDS LENS MOUNT - The Blackmagic Studio Camera features an active Micro Four Thirds lens mount that is compatible with an incredibly wide range of lenses and adapters
  • LARGE 10" FULL HD VIEWFINDER - The Blackmagic Studio Camera includes the world's largest viewfinder built in! The massive 10" high resolution screen has a super wide viewing angle and the large viewing area
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Blackmagic Design CINSTUDMFT/HD/2
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Blackmagic Design CINSTUDMFT/HD/2 Final Thoughts

"I noticed two problems."

I love it and definitely recommend to others. Formatting the SD card was easy. The price Also made this a great deal. Using it for filming kids sports. I do wish there was a time & date stamp.

Overall Score
5.0


(2 Points)

7. Panasonic X1500 4K Professional Camcorder with 24X Optical Zoom, WiFi HD Live Streaming, HC-X1500 (U...

Panasonic HC-X1500 First Impressions

"Good product."

Every detail is well designed. I didn't get to test the far away sound mode. I like The light weight small size. Not that many left on the inexpensive end. I received the Panasonic HC-X1500 today.

  • Panasonic X1500 4K Professional Camcorder with 24X Optical Zoom, WiFi HD Live Streaming, HC-X1500 (USA Black)
  • [PRO FEATURES] Manual rings, ND filters, and 24-bit high resolution linear PCM audio recording, 4: 2: 2 10-bit internal recording, double SD card slots
  • [WIFI LIVE STREAMING] HD live streaming supported by built-in Wi-Fi
  • [4K RECORDING] 4K 60p recording in a small and light body with a heat-dispersing design
  • [LEICA DICOMAR LENS] Wide-angle 25mm 24x optical zoom with 5-Axis Hybrid O. I. S (Optical Image Stabilization) and high-speed and focusing.
  • [DISPLAY / LVF] The 3. 5-inch monitor (2, 760K-dots) with electrostatic touch panel, plus up/down tiltable viewfinder (1, 555K-dot). Simultaneous LCD output is available.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic HC-X1500
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Panasonic HC-X1500 Final Thoughts

"My son loves it."

The batteries come already charged. The Panasonic HC-X1500 is small and lightweight. This is a gift for my brother's birthday. This is designed to be simple and easy to use. And the rocker zoom is awesome.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

8. PowerLead Puto PLD023 24 MP Digital Camera with Digitar Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD Digital Video Camcorde...

PowerLead- First Impressions

"The camera feels good."

So many features, streamlined everything. I had no problems at all with setup at all. It's only a bit heavier, but it's bulky. This unit is awesome and the price is great. It did come with a memory card on top of it.

  • PowerLead Puto PLD023 24 MP Digital Camera with Digitar Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD Digital Video Camcorder Night Vision HD Digital Camera
  • 24MP for bright, sharp photos and HD videos
  • 3.0" LCD screen for easy viewing and photo editing
  • Capture your videos in 720p HD Movie mode Frame coverage: Approx. 99% horizontal and vertical (compared to actual picture)
  • High-performance Optical Viewfinder helps facilitate quick and accurate focusing by firmly framing and capturing the subject at hand.
  • HIGH QUALITY BACKED with RELIABLE WARRANTY:100% Brand New and High quality from PowerLead ,sold by PowerLead ONLY! PowerLead offers 12 months Warranty and 31 days free exchange for all the PowerLead products which are built with the highest quality standards and we stand behind for best after service
  • Editor's Impressions Of The PowerLead-
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PowerLead- Final Thoughts

"So worth it!"

I'll get to the point of figuring it out. Christmas, kids' plays, recitals, etc. Great Viewfinder Camcorder for me. Used this multiple times for church lectures. The material of the PowerLead- seems really good.

Overall Score
4.0


(1 Points)

9. Panasonic X2000 4K Professional Camcorder with 24x Optical Zoom, WiFi HD Live Streaming, 3G SDI Outp...

Panasonic HC-X2000 First Impressions

"Back to this camcorder."

This unit is awesome and the price is great. Super easy to load onto my laptop also. For this, we purchased this Panasonic HC-X2000. The Panasonic HC-X2000 is small and lightweight. The image stabilizer works very well.

  • Panasonic X2000 4K Professional Camcorder with 24x Optical Zoom, WiFi HD Live Streaming, 3G SDI Output and VW-HU1 Detachable Handle, HC-X2000 (USA Black)
  • [PRO FEATURES] WiFi live streaming, manual rings, ND filters, built-in LED video light, and 24-bit high resolution linear PCM audio recording, 4: 2: 2 10-bit internal recording, double SD card slots
  • [VW-HU1 HANDLE] Includes a detachable handle equipped with a 2-channel XLR Audio Input, audio control, and LED light. Also operates zoom.
  • [4K RECORDING] 4K 60p recording in a small and light body with a heat-dispersing design
  • [LEICA DICOMAR LENS] Wide-angle 25mm 24x optical zoom with 5-Axis Hybrid O. I. S (Optical Image Stabilization) and high-speed and focusing.
  • [DISPLAY / LVF] The 3. 5-inch monitor (2, 760K-dots) with electrostatic touch panel, plus up/down tiltable viewfinder (1, 555K-dot). Simultaneous LCD output is available.
  • Batteries: 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic HC-X2000
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Panasonic HC-X2000 Final Thoughts

"Night vision mode."

LCD display could be better. I have had NO issues with battery life so far. This Panasonic HC-X2000 works great for me. I love the audio options. For this price, the Panasonic HC-X2000 is awesome.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

10. Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder (AG-CX350) W/Padded Case, 128 GB Memory Card, Lens Attachments, Wire...

Panasonic AG-CX350 First Impressions

"Cool little camera."

Indoors it performed quite well. Used this multiple times for church lectures. An additional battery is included as backup. I am still learning how to use it. Honestly, the tiny size is my favorite thing!

  • Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder (AG-CX350) W/Padded Case, 128 GB Memory Card, Lens Attachments, Wire Straps, LED Light, and More?
  • 1 x Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder | 1 x 128GB SF-UY3 Series UHS-I SDXC Memory Card | 1 x Large Padded Carrying Case | 1 x Professional LED 160 Video Light | 1 x 67mm Telephoto HD Lens | 1 x 67mm Wide Angle Lens with Pouch and Lens Caps | 1 x 67mm Close Up Filter Set | 1 x 67mm UV Filter | 1 x 6 x 6 inch Velcro Straps (Assorted Colors) | 1 x Deluxe Cleaning Kit | 1 x SD Card USB Reader | 1 x Memory Card Wallet
  • 1" MOS Sensor | 20x Optical, 32x Intelligent Zoom
  • UHD 4K, 1080p, Variable Frame Rate | 2 x Media Card Slot, HLG Recording
  • 3.2" LCD Screen, OLED Viewfinder | Individual Zoom, Focus, Iris Rings
  • Front-Mounted Mic with Front Audio Level | TC In/Out, 3G-SDI, HDMI Out
  • Editor's Impressions Of The Panasonic AG-CX350
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Panasonic AG-CX350 Final Thoughts

"Overall very satisfied."

Works and looks much better than expected. He was pretty happy about the microphone. Much better then other same style Viewfinder Camcorder. It's the small things that count. The image stabilizer works very well.

Overall Score
5.0


(1 Points)

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