Cameras have their own demand in market specially 4k’s. They are known for producing high quality videos which have exceptional display qualities.
In this article, we will be discussing about some of the finest camcorders and 4k video cameras available in the market.
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Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder
Not too long ago, professional videographers used to use those heavy and large television broadcast cameras that had to be mounted on those big and heavy tripods that you would usually see in stadiums now.
Then there came this revolution that we know as “camcorder” and Canon has been the pioneer of camcorder revolution. Now we have the video camera and video recorder in one sleek, stylish and lightweight device.
Canon camcorders are known for their high quality because of relatively better low-light functionality and user-friendly features. However, they are not the only best camcorders in the market and there are certain cons that make the competition tough.
Here, we are going to have a look at the pros and cons of Canon VIXIA HF R800 camcorder:
- 28 Megapixel Full HD CMOS image sensor – 1920 x 1080 resolution.
- 1140x digital zoom good to show far located objects in close-up image.
- Highlight priority mode with backlight correction.
- Grainy videos – especially in case of panning and movement.
- Considerably poor indoor video quality.
As it could have anticipated:
This camcorder from Canon is not without its haters and on Amazon there is hardly a product without negative review. So, let us take all pros and cons one by one.
3.28 megapixel full HD CMOS sensor is definitely not the end of the camera world and there are many video cameras out there with bigger megapixels such as Panasonic HC-W850 that comes with 12.76 megapixels.
Yet, this is a decent number to start with and there are many $100+ cameras that come with sensors not as good as compared to VIXIA HF R800. The 50x advanced zoom, 32x optical zoom and 1140x digital zoom make this camera a perfect camera for home as well as vlogging and other such uses.
What I would specially like to talk about is the digital zoom; Canon VIXIA camcorder in this review, offers an 1140x digital zoom which helps one to bring far situated objects into focus and take good close-up shots and videos.
There has always been this problem with cameras and camcorders that whenever they are used in outdoors, due to sunshine their performance is naturally up to the mark, but once in indoors, the image and video quality is entirely different.
To take care of this, VIXIA HF R800 introduces highlight priority mode with backlight correction option that gives you better shots than what the previous models offered. This, coupled with slow and fast recording options, is what exactly a vlogger or any camcorder user can expect.
This camera is not ideal and although in my personal testing I did not notice grainy videos, but there are a few Amazon users of this product that have noticed this issue and this is something that Canon must take care of in future.
Still something that I can surely report is the problem with indoor video quality. I do not know if the granny videos is something that users faced in outdoors, but I faced the same problem with indoor videos, especially in cases where light settings were not ideal.
Having said this, Canon VIXIA HF R800 is a good camera for its price, if the features fit the description of a camcorder that you want.
Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder
Canon VIXIA HF G40 Camcorder is known for its high quality 1080/60p recording in MP4 videos and because it offers some very decent functions like dual SD card slots, very good optical image stabilization system and a better than most other cameras battery life.
A camcorder camera’s image quality is something of paramount importance. From media personnel to YouTube vloggers to people who use a camcorder at home or office, image quality matter a lot, because there are many camcorders in the market that offer substandard image quality at only a fraction of the price of this camcorder.
Then comes the problem of battery life; as obvious as it is, the job of a camcorder is two-folded; one has to make the video and record it at the same time. For this dual purpose device, there has to be a better battery and Canon VIXIA packs a high-capacity battery as well.
Here are the pros and cons before we go any deeper:
- 09 Megapixels CMOS sensor with 1080/60p MP4 video.
- Wi-Fi with FTP transfer capability.
- 20x HD optical zoom lens.
- Touch Panel LCD is likely to break.
- Zoom rocker switch is not stable.
Let us first take the pros one by one and see why Amazon customers trusted Canon VIXIA G40 camera.
This camcorder comes with a 3.09 megapixels CMOS sensor that works great in low-light and you can make a high quality HD 1080/60p MP4 video from it. While people who always want to get more and more megapixels might be disappointed by it, the performance and result of VIXIA HF G40 are assured by Canon’s HD CMOS Pro image sensor.
20x HD optical zoom lens helps you fight flare, ghosting and other such distractions that badly impact the quality of image. As a result, you get sharp, clear and cleaner images with least possible grain and distortion.
Another very good feature is Wi-Fi with FTP transfer capability. Professional vloggers and cameramen know this very well that sometimes even two SD cards seem to be insufficient. Canon VIXIA HF G40 provides a solution to this problem; wherever Wi-Fi connection is available, you can use the FTP transfer facility and transfer all of your videos to any online storage e.g. Google drive.
Yet Other Features:
There are certain cons that mar the benefits offered by this camcorder. Let us talk of those that we considered for this review.
The touch panel LCD that comes with this camcorder is considered to be a high quality touch panel that comes with many decent functions and thus makes it easy for you to handle the camcorder.
Still some of the customers who bought this camcorder from Amazon seem to be complaining that their camcorder’s touch display broke and stopped functioning after a few months. However, this is not the con that I have noticed in my personal observation.
The flaw that I noticed in my observation is with zoom rocker switch. Anyone who has been using a camera or a camcorder must know how important the zoom rocker is. The problem with G40’s zoom rocker is its instability. It changes zoom without being touched, which is a problem.
However, it goes without saying that pros of this camcorder outnumber the cons.
Panasonic HC-X1000 4K DCI/Ultra HD/Full HD Camcorder
Is a name that needs no introduction when it comes to electronic products like cameras, camcorders, irons, washers and many others. However, these are Panasonic cameras and camcorders that really gave Panasonic a much needed boom and they are the reason why hundreds of thousands of customers trust this brand.
HC-X1000 professional camcorder is one of those products and with all the bells and whistles attached to this product, it is one of the best camcorders available for sale on Amazon.
This fame comes at expense of negative reviews and there are people who are not much happy with the quality of this product. We’ll see all those pros and cons in a jiffy.
- Supports 4K resolution recording at 50 to 60 fps.
- Smart design good for mobility and control.
- High-Bit-Rate ensures real life like recording.
- LEICA lens.
- Small Image Sensor affects the Image Quality.
- Works bad in low-light condition.
When you buy a product from companies like Panasonic or Nikon etc,, the expectations go sky high and there are two pretty valid reasons why we can say that this product disappoints the loyal users of Panasonic products.
There are some very promising pros as well and we will discuss them in detail to understand whether this camcorder is worth a try or not.
Supports 4K resolution at 50 to 60 fps
To start with, every camcorder does not record picture in 4K resolution, but this one does, which is a great deal because 4K recording is the highest resolution. Also, the frame rate per second is roughly 50 to 60 which is not the best in market, but definitely much better than average frame per second rate which is somewhere around 30.
Smart Design – Easy to Control
This camcorder by Panasonic weighs at only 3.42lbs and dimensions are 12.4 x 6.3 x6.7 inches. So you can see that although by specs it is a professional camcorder, it is not as heavy and big as professional camcorders.
This means that not only it is easy to control and easy on mobility, but it also takes less space in your camcorder bag or other places where you might want to keep it.
High-Bit-Rate = Real Life-like Quality
Bit rate is, in simple words, the amount of data that a device processes within a certain period of time. Just like fps, the high bit rate (or as per the case low bit rate) affects the quality of a picture on display.
This camcorder comes with a high-bit-rate for both 4K and Full HD recording which means that the video that you will capture will appear so close to real life. Something that all of us like!
Comes with LEICA Lens
Anyone interested in mobile phone cameras or DSLR camera etc. knows this name: LEICA. This Germany based company makes camera lens for big shot mobile and camera brands e.g. Huawei, Panasonic and many others.
This camcorder comes equipped with LEICA Dicomar f/1.8 lens, which is the best for the purpose.
The cons of this camcorder are disappointing. Mainly it is the small sensor that simply does not go well with 4K video recording and then the issue with low-light setting also mars the performance of this camcorder.
Sony Action Cam FDR-X3000R 4K Camcorder
If you’re a fan of professional camcorders that can be handled easily and stored in a small bag, you must be aware of Sony camcorders and handycams.
This is yet another Sony camera and camcorder with all the bells and whistles that you need for your professional and personal needs.
Before you point out I must tell you that I know it is not a professional camcorder in terms of video quality, zoom and all other professional camcorder specs, but it is on sweet spot of a semi-professional camcorder.
It still captures videos with 4K resolution and this is simply the apex of almost all professional camcorders out there.
This is not a perfect product and it has its own problems. In this review we will have a look at both: its pros and cons, so you may have a look at both ends and make a decision.
- 4K resolution camcorder
- Transcend 64GB SD card and Micro SD adapter
- Live View Remote – A trendy watch like remote to control your camcorder
- Awesome free accessories like bag, tripod and helmet mounting kit etc.
- Mounting kit is not up to the mark
- Does not include lens and camera cover
The good news is that this is a sort of helmet or adventure camcorder that many hikers and bikers use, and some of them prefer this to GoPro. Yet it is that good.
The quality of 4K video that you can capture with this one is better than GoPro one because it wasn’t until the launch of GoPro Hero 6 Black that one could shoot a 4K video with GoPro.
As it has been explained, this camcorder comes with a 4K resolution video recording capability.
This is an action cam which means that is used by adventurous people who are into sports like hiking, biking, surfing, skiing and similar other sports, the best part of this 4K enabled camera is image stabilization. This means you will get a clean, clear and stable 4K video.
Transcend 64Gb card and Micro SD Adapter
Whether your computer has a proper micro SD card slot or it is just a big SD media port, you can now upload all your media from your camcorder to your laptop with Transcend 64GB card and a micro SD card adapter. Use the adapter to transfer all data from micro SD card to your computer.
Live View Remote
This is also one big plus point of this camcorder. While in case of GoPro you have to separately buy the remote, and that too is not in shape of a stylish watch/remote, the Sony FDr-X3000 camcorder comes with this beautiful adventure watch-shape remote that you can connect to your camera and use it.
Other Free Accessories
Apart from all abovementioned pros, there these accessories that you get free of cost, that you always have to buy after buying the camcorder. I am talking about helmet kit, tripod, maintenance kit and bag etc.
There are certain cons of this product that you must consider after buying it, because they are very minor ones. For example, helmet mounting kit is not very high quality one and this deal does not include a lens cover that you must buy separately to protect your camcorder.
Sony 4K UHD Handycam
Camcorders are the devices tailored to specific professional and personal uses. However, if you are not into a profession that requires a professional camcorder, what you can do is opt for a domestic or personal camcorder that is not so rich in features, but just does the job.
Sony is a well-known company and its personal or non-professional camcorders known as “Handycam” are too popular because of small size, light weight and all the bells and whistles that you need with a camcorder.
Even when we talk about a camcorder made by Sony, we cannot say that this is a perfect product; it is not. Not only the Amazon customers noticed some flaws, but we also witnessed one or two in our extensive testing.
I will give a breakdown of pros and cons here.
- 4K Video Camera
- Full kit with 13 amazing products – SanDisk 64GB Card and USB
- LED Flash light and Tripod
- Heavy Duty Hard Case
- Need for external microphone
- Cheap plastic used in making of camera and box
There they are: the pros and cons. You can go ahead and click that “Add to Cart” button or simply ignore this product, but you cannot do this until you fully understand the pros and cons.
Let us talk about the pros first:
4K Video Resolution
While the equipment used in this camcorder is pretty average and out of the league of professional camcorders, they manage to give you a camcorder that records video with 4K resolution.
This means that from 740p to 1080p to 4K, you can play with resolutions the way you like, because this camera will work well.
13 Amazing Products including SanDisk Card
Including the camcorder, there are 13 awesome products that you are going to get if you buy this deal.
The items include camcorder and camera itself, SanDisk memory card of 64GB memory, battery charger, spare battery, VideoPro Mini Condenser microphone and a lot of other essential accessories.
This is an all-inclusive deal which means that you would get each and every accessory that you would have otherwise bought for your camcorder.
LED Flashlight and Tripod
Since this camera and camcorder is not equipped with nightvision, you can mostly shoot in daylight. However, to level the field they have included an industry standard LED flashlight and a standard tripod that you can use as long as you do not opt for a professional and better one.
Heavy Duty Hard Case
Everyone who loves their camera wants to make sure that it remains safe and sound. So do you, and this is why those camcorder bags with fluff and stuffy material sell like hot cakes.
If you will buy this camcorder you will get a heavy duty hard case with foam inside it – and that too free of cost.
This is not all about it. For starters, the external microphone that comes with this camcorder is not a very good one in terms of range and in-built microphone is simply useless. So you always have to buy a new and professional external microphone.
Also, the material is not of a good quality. However, for all other features and bells and whistles, it is a good buy.
Kicteck 48MP 4K Camcorder
In case that AiTechny camcorder and camera disappointed you and you are looking for a perfect alternative, here is Kicteck camcorder with similar specs.
Note: I am not saying that AiTechny one is bad, it’s just that if you tried It and you are not much happy and you want a camcorder with similar specs, then Kicteck’s 48MP and 4K resolution camera and camcorder is exactly for you.
It offers more or less same specs and due to its good reviews and better sales, it has also won “Amazon’s Choice” tag.
Just like any other product on Amazon, including AiTechny camcorder, this one has its own cons and we will talk about them later.
Let us first have a look at the pros.
- 4K Video Camera with 3.0 inches’ touch screen and 13MP CMOS Sensor
- UHD 48MP camera with 16X digital zoom
- Wide angle lens and a professional microphone
- LED Light and Night Shot Capacity
- No image stabilization
- No optical zoom
In most of the cases people either love a product too much or hate it too much. The lovers of this product got it the “Amazon’s Choice” tag and the haters say that a mobile phone will film better than this.
Let us find out.
4K Resolution and 13MP CMOS Sensor
This camcorder comes with the best combo and the exact same as in the case of that AiTechny camcorder. It has 4K resolution and it comes with 13MP CMOS sensor which actually make it possible for you to enjoy the real 4K result.
Having this good a sensor you should be sure that the video resolution will always be the best,
UHD Photography with 48MP Camera
As far as the photography is concerned, this camcorder’s camera is a 48MP one and it creates Ultra High Definition photos and then you have the wide angle lens.
Wide angle lenses are known to be among the most expensive lenses due to their design and result. So, with a 48MP ultra high definition camera and wide angle lens the images that you will capture will definitely be very rich in terms of detail.
A very important part of videography is the ability to capture sound just as well as you capture images. For this Holy purpose, built-in microphones cannot do much because their range is very limited.
This is why you always have to use a big and professional microphone with your camcorder and this camcorder comes equipped with a big professional microphone.
LED Light & Nigh Shot
IR Night Vision is not something new in the industry and a lot of camcorder manufacturers are making camcorders with these devices.
So is the case with this camcorder. Not only it comes with an essential LED light for night shooting, it also has this infrared night vision capacity that makes it easy for its users to make crisp and clear videos at night.
The cons of this product are quite appalling. It does not perform very well in case of two most important essentials of a camcorder: image stabilization and optical zoom. So choice is entirely yours.
Video Camera 4K Camcorder AiTechny Ultra HD Digital WiFi Camera 48MP
When it comes to car engine it is all about horsepower and when it comes to cameras, megapixels say it all.
If you’ve been looking forward to getting your hands on a 4K digital camera and camcorder with 48 megapixels lens and a lot of other top of the line features, AiTechny’s camcorder is absolutely for you.
It comes with all the bells and whistles that one needs for a camcorder. I am talking about night vision touch screen IR and a big and professional external microphone.
Since memory has been the biggest issue for people who are into professional photography and videography, this camcorder comes equipped with Wi-Fi functionality. With a few clicks you can transfer all your data to any online or offline storage.
Everything is not so kosher about this camcorder and there are certain grievances that customers have against this product.
Let us have a look at all important pros and cons.
- 4K Ultra HD Video Camera with 13MP CMOS Sensor
- 48MP resolution for photos
- Infrared Night Vision & professional microphone
- Wide angle lens and 16X digital zoom
- 4K quality is not so promising
- Made of very flimsy material
As you can see:
There are always two sides to a coin. This camcorder is not all good and there are unhappy customers. While I did not notice any problem with 4K resolution and the camcorder definitely records 4K videos (especially in day light), I must say that its material is definitely not a good one.
This camcorder has cheap and flimsy plastic on its outside which is definitely not good for any product, let alone a professional camcorder that is supposed to be used both in indoors as well as rugged outdoors.
Let us have a look at the pros and see if this camcorder is worth it or not.
4K Video with 13MP CMOS Image Sensor
A good video resolution is not possible without a good sensor. This camcorder offers you a 4K video resolution and to make it possible, AiTechny adds a 13MP CMOS sensor to this camera.
While we know that 13MP CMOS sensor is not the best, it is still a very good combination with a 4K video resolution.
As a matter of fact, 13MP CMOS sensor is too good for 4K resolution because technically it can do more than that.
The ability of this camcorder is not only limited to its video resolution. It can easily take high resolution photos with 48 megapixels resolution.
The best thing is its ability to take images at night and for that this camcorder is equipped with an LED light as well as an infrared night vision.
This is the perfect combo of a photo and video camera. So to say, it is hard to decide whether it is much better for photos or videos.
Not that accessories that come with a product lead someone to buy the product, but this is definitely a plus point. This camcorder comes with 2 batteries and a really good quality DV bag.
Like any other product it is a mixed bag of everything and you should apply due diligence before you buy it.
Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 4K Camera
All of us want one or two or more because they are compact, they are lightweight cameras and they are very easy to control.
Just point at an object and shoot it – with lens, not gun.
Panasonic LUMIX FZ1000 is not an ordinary point and shoot camera. It comes with high quality 16X zoom lens made by one and only LEICA, and while the video quality is 4K, pictures that it takes are 20.1 megapixels rich.
Over 200 people have bought this camera over Amazon and with a 4-star rating, it is one of the best cameras on Amazon; however, it has its own dark side that we will get to know in a jiffy.
- Quad Full High Definition 4K Video
- 1 Inch 20.1MP MOS Sensor
- LEICA Lens – 25-400mm
- Super-fast LUMIX DFD Focusing
- LUMIX Lens Ring Problem
- Unstable lens – Tripod needed at times
Here you go:
We will first discuss the pros of this product and then cons that fend off a considerable number of customers.
Quad Full High Definition 4K Video
Tell you the truth:
4K video is something quite confusing. 4K can be 3480×2160 or 4096×2160, and quad full HD is actually 3480×2160, which means that while it is perfectly 4K, someone with a better 4K resolution (4096×2160) would definitely think that someone else’s QFHD is not 4K while actually it is.
1 Inch 21.1 MP Sensor
As it has been stated above, the photo quality that you get with this camera is 21.1 megapixels and with a 1-inch sensor you can enjoy pictures with better quality and light. 21.1MP is pretty much standard and high resolution deal. It is not the best, but it is definitely above average.
LEICA Lens – 25 to 400mm
This German company, LEICA, is known for making really high quality camera lens. From smart phone dual cameras to professional and domestic cameras, LEICA lens are accepted as a token of quality and clean and crisp picture. 25-400mm is not much advanced lens, but it is definitely better than the average ones.
Super-fast LUMIX DFD Focusing
Just like LEICA, LUMIX is also a known name in camera focus technology. The focus that is used in this camera is a DFD one. Depth from Defocus is a technology that does the calculation of direction and amount to move lens in single movement and offer better result.
The cons of this camera are rather disturbing and it is not that they overcome its pros, they manage to move prospects away from this camera.
For example, it has a lens ring problem.
The ring in LUMIX lens get detached after some time and it is only very expensive to get this fixed. This is a problem reported by many customers and definitely why it has got a considerable number of bad rating on Amazon.
Another problem is what they’ve already acknowledged in description. You might need to use a tripod to tackle the unstable lens. This camera may end up giving blurry and shaky video or photos and to handle it, it is better to use a tripod.
Conclusion on Best 4K Video Cameras in 2020
Choosing a good 4k camcorders takes a lot of efforts. I have tried to mention pros and con’s of some of the best 4k video cameras available in the market for your selection, Please choose wisely after comparing your needs and the device specifications. Good luck.[ratings]