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Canon, from $519 ★★★ De­spite only hav­ing a 26x zoom, this cam­era is a qual­ity of­fer­ing. The HFR26 has a no­tice­ably ro­bust build for a 270g dig­i­tal video cam­era. The high- def­i­ni­tion unit has twin flash mem­ory slots for SD cards and it has 8GB of in­ter­nal mem­ory. It uses Canon’s full HD CMOS sen­sor and shoots 1920 X 1080 video. The 3-inch touch­screen LCD viewer and auto lens cover means that you can be video­ing in sec­onds. You can use auto, face pri­or­ity and face de­tec­tion and touch and track to keep fo­cus per­fectly. With five record­ing modes, you can shoot three hours of footage at the low­est qual­ity or 40 min­utes at 24 megabits a sec­ond on an 8GB mem­ory card. Con­trols are well po­si­tioned and with prac­tice you can record with one hand. It has USB 2.0, Mini HDMI, AV and com­po­nent out slots, but doesn’t have a hot shoe.

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