10Rate announces its Top 10 HD Camcorders for 2012 | Sony and Panasonic Win Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com editors and reviewers rate and review the 2012 best HD camcorders on a scale of 1 to 10

Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55

The Sony Bloggie Live MHS-TS55 received an 8 out of 10 rating from 10rate this year.

This camcorder made for pure simplicity. None of the bells and whistles like high optical zoom and digital zoom, full HD recording, or on camera lights are included, but image quality is not forgotten.

10Rate reviewers and staff selected 10 of the best HD camcorders for 2012, assigning each a numerical rating as well as awarding three models that stood out for quality, value, and budget. Testing and consideration for this HD Camcorder Top 10 list was given based on this set of seven criteria:

1. Video recording quality
2. Optical and digital zoom
3. Image stabilization and digital zoom compensation
4. Internal memory and memory card slots
5. Ease of uploading and sharing videos
6. Kind of LCD display (touch-screen or not)
7. Ability to capture stills in recording or playback
8. Value for what the camcorder offers

The annual Best HD Camcorder 2012 awards list was headed by the Sony Handy Cam HDR-PJ200, winning the Best Quality spot and a 9 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strengths of the HD camcorder as follows: “Full HD recording with the Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens is the driving feature on this camera. The lens performs at an impressive F 1.8-F 10 in an auto mode to make the most out of every lighting situation. On top of the great lens performance the back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS sensor makes sure the best picture is delivered in low-light. Another plus is the Steady Shot image stabilization keeps images smooth when you zoom in on action or move with the camera. All of these great features combine to make a camcorder that you will have a very troubling time to find any faults with.”

10rate's editors also gave the Best Value HD Camcorder award to the Panasonic HDC-TM80K in the fourth place spot. With a respectable rating of 9 out of 10, the review boasted, “The intelligent digital zoom and HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization technology will be the most useful features on this camera. They make recording while zooming look smooth and clear. So there is no need to worry about missing those moments at the beach or the kid’s baseball games. This camcorder is equipped with 33.7mm wide angle lens which is very handy when shooting indoors.”

Additionally, the Best Budget award from the Top 10 Best HD Camcorders list went to the Flip Mino HD, for which 10rate noted, “This camcorder made for pure simplicity. None of the bells and whistles like high optical zoom and digital zoom, full HD recording, or on camera lights are included, but image quality is not forgotten. The included image stabilization helps this tiny camera take crystal clear high quality video at 720p. You may wonder why you need anything else after tying this camcorder. The Flip Mino HD is perfect a young one looking to record videos with their friends.”

Samsung, JVC, Panasonic, and Sony were all featured for multiple models each in 10rate's HD Camcorder Reviews. One such JVC HD Camcorder, the GZ-EX210, earned third place in overall ranking and the review had this to say of its 8.5 out of 10 rating: “Wi-Fi is the highlight of this already impressive model in JVC’s lineup. Sharing video with PCs and smart phones is a no hassle process. Sending short 15 second video e-mails is also a pretty cool feature. Beyond Wi-Fi, JVC has loaded this camcorder with useful features.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the companies expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the companies editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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