If you’re in the market for a high definition camera on a shoe-string budget, the DXG Sportser models may be worth a gander. These camcorders are designed for underwater and all-weather use, allowing you to safely take the camcorder on a boat or tubing without danger of ruining it. For example, the SXG-5B1VO HD digital video camera boasts 1920 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second, a flip-out LCD screen, a self-timer and 3 inch TFT screen. Even better, it only costs $169.99. You can use a tripod with this video camera for better recording quality, and it also doubles as a still camera. The SD card slot supports SDHC cards up to 16 MB in size. The camera is a little clunky, but really nice for the price.
While Sanyo Xacti VPC-GH4 is a small, compact camera that packs a lot of power. It costs less than $150. It has an amazing 10x dual range zoom, which you don't normally find on smaller camcorders. The camcorder feels good in the hands. It records full HD 60i (19020 x 1080) video, and it captures 10 MP digital photos. It also has face detection and a digital image stabilizer, which you can use for both videos and photos. The LCD screen is a nice size at 2.7 inches wide, and it has an amazing wide angle lens range:
- Photo: 30 mm to 190 mm
- Video: 40 mm to 200 mm and 80 mm to 400 mm
When looking for the best camcorder under $200, take your time finding a model. Test out a few different camcorders until you find one that you really like. You can usually try the model out in the store. If you have to order it, immediately use the camcorder, and return it if it doesn't offer you what you need.