Let’s face it, cameras are highly specialized devices. It will take a lot of time to sort out all the features and techniques of filming. This is especially true for professional commercial applications. You have to be aware of this when you buy one.
There are now many models on the market to satisfy all tastes and budgets. First of all, you need to determine why you are going to buy a camera. If you want to stream — you will definitely need support for Wi-Fi; wildlife — autonomy and protection; weddings — a good microphone and tripod, which is comfortable to shoot for a long time. There are also highly specialized solutions like 360° cameras, but if you want one, you’ll probably know exactly what you need.
In the early 20s of the 21st century, it’s not worth chasing the numbers, as they don’t really represent all the features you’d expect from a single device — you’d want them for professional needs only.
In order to simplify the selection process and show the diversity of the current market, we have prepared an overview of the best and most popular cameras of 2021.
1. Sony HDR-CX405
A balanced budget model from a well-known brand. Despite the relatively low cost, it boasts shooting in Full HD with 50 frames, a compact form factor, good optical stabilization, and zoom. Problems are common for inexpensive models — the lack of fully manual adjustment and poor shooting in low light. But it’s cheap.
+ Great value for money
+ Easy to use
+ Optical image stabilization and zoom
+ Lightweight and compact
– Poor quality of low light photos
– No touch screen display
2. Panasonic HC-V770
This is essentially pretty close to the benchmark amateur camera. The features are reasonable for the price, the setup is quite flexible and convenient. The software and ergonomics are clever. It is a bit disappointing that the standard delivery set is rather poor. Besides, the price has risen noticeably recently. All its disadvantages can be smoothed by setup and purchase of accessories.
+ Decent specifications
+ Quality software
+ Rotatable touch screen
– Poor equipment
– Standard battery, not enough capacity
3. Panasonic HC-VX1
This is a decent device, which already aims for professional equipment for simple commercial shooting. It records Ultra HD video at 25 frames per second. The device can be charged from a Power Bank, it supports Wi-Fi connection, slow zoom, and other modern features. The main complaint is the software. Control options are quite specific and will not appeal to everyone, as well as the ergonomics of the camera.
+ Captures in 4K
+ Supports modern features
+ Suitable for entry-level commercial use
– Not so user-friendly control
– Sometimes, there are software issues
4. Panasonic HC-V260
Inexpensive model from Panasonic company. It stands out from the competitors with its 50x optical zoom and high autonomy. Mainly the peculiarities of work with a memory card and not very convenient interface on the touch screen spoil the impression. There are, alas, no mechanical buttons for duplication, but you can connect automatic camera switches.
+ 50x optical zoom
+ Low cost
+ High battery life
– Memory problems
– Touch screen operation only
5. Canon LEGRIA HF R806
Another budget model in our top of the best camcorders of 2021, now from Canon. This device is unremarkable, apart from the value for money. The set of settings and specifications are standard. That said, there’s nothing superfluous about it, and it’s easy and straightforward to operate.
+ Relatively inexpensive
+ Simple interface
– No unique feature to differentiate it from its competitors.
6. Sony FDR-AX700
A camcorder in the mid-to-high price segment. It can shoot in 4K at 30 frames per second, and in FullHD it shoots at up to 120 frames per second, allowing you to capture fast-moving scenes and sporting events in vivid color. Moreover, it gives great opportunities for quality editing. There is a more detailed review at Movavi Blog, which is worth a read.. A large rechargeable battery also helps ensure you don’t miss any important shots, and you’ll enjoy uninterrupted shooting. One of the best camcorders in its price range.
+ 4K high frame rate
+ Long battery life
+ Advanced specifications
– Heavy enough
– Requires quite a complex setup and selection of accessories
7. Panasonic HC-V760
This camera stands out for its good night shooting and quality 5-axis stabilizer. There is a very handy manual dial on the body, which provides comfortable adjustment. It decently records the sound and has the ability to connect a discrete microphone. The disadvantage of the camera is the photo, it makes enough mediocre pictures, though this is not its specialty. However, all specialized cameras can not take good pictures.
+ Night photography
+ Convenient mechanical controls
– Not the most responsive and user-friendly touch screen
8. Sony HDR-CX625
Quality camera with an excellent price/quality ratio. Not bad for sound recording, provides good zoom and stabilization, has good ergonomics, and small size. The design of the USB cable is surprising: it sticks out directly from the body and is not removable.
+ Good specs for the money
+ Excellent stabilization and proximity
– Poor design of the USB cable
There are many other different features and specifications in cameras, and they are developing every year. But if you’re just starting to shoot, it’s not worth investigating thoroughly the details and specifications. Choose several basic features you need and decide on your budget for the purchase. That way you can find the best camera for you.