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Camcorder gift guide for Mother’s Day

We've rounded up camcorders for every type of mum: from technophobes to soccer moms

  • If you’re feeling particularly generous this Mother’s Day, why not splurge out on a digital camcorder for your dear old mammy? She’s sure to appreciate it more than the obligatory Myer's gift card or a box of chocolates.

    A camcorder is the perfect ‘thank you’ gift for all those years of nurturing and devotion — it’s useful, long-lasting and expensive enough to show her you care. The only thing you need to do now is decide which camcorder model to buy. This is where we come in.

    Much like sons and daughters, no two mothers are alike — a camcorder that would make a fine gift for one mum might be an expensive paperweight for another. Whether your progenitor is a rough-'n'-tumble soccer mom or a tech-befuddled Luddite, you’ll find a camcorder on this list to suit her needs. So go on. Do it for your mummy!

  • The fashionista mum: [[artnid:299557|Sony DCR-SX40 (RRP: $429)|Review: Sony DCR-SX40]]



    The [[artnid:299557|Sony DCR-SX40|Review: Sony DCR-SX40]] is an ultra-stylish camcorder tailor-made for yummy mummies’ handbags. It records standard-definition video to removable flash Memory Sticks and comes with a 60x optical zoom.

    Fashion-conscious mothers are sure to appreciate the light weight and small dimensions, not to mention the sexy red finish. It’s also a breeze to use, thanks to Sony’s omnipresent Easy button. If your mum wants to look ‘killer’ while shooting video, this is the camcorder to buy.

    Check out our [[artnid:299557|review of the Sony DCR-SX40.|Review: Sony DCR-SX40]]
  • Sony DCR-SX40 — product detail

  • Sony DCR-SX40 — product detail

  • The extreme sports mum: [[artnid:276617|Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera (RRP: $249.99)|Review: Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera]]



    The [[artnid:276617|Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera|Review: Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera]] is best suited to outdoor mums who habitually force their family to go on punishing nature hikes and grim kayaking adventures. If your mother has never seen a river she couldn’t cross or a mountain she couldn’t ski down, this camcorder has her name written all over it (in sweat and blood, probably).

    The ATC3K Action Camera consists of an all-in-one rubberised unit that can be attached to helmets, boats or bike handles with the supplied accessories. It’s knock-proof, freeze-proof and even waterproof (to a depth of around three metres). In other words, it’s tough enough to remain by her side long after the rest of the family has begged off/wimped out.

    Check out our in-depth review of the [[artnid:276617|Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera|Review: Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera]].
  • Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera — product detail

  • Oregon Scientific ATC3K Action Camera — product detail

  • The blogger mum: [[artnid:256735|Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam (RRP: $149.95)|Review: Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam]]



    Some mums have an opinion about everything. If it’s on the news, they’ll definitely have some choice words to say on the subject — from the weekend rain to the world economic climate. Instead of weathering the storm yourself, why not introduce her to the blogosphere? That way, the whole world can have an earful too. The [[artnid:256735|Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam. |Review: Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam]] is a beginner-friendly Net cam with built-in YouTube support.

    The Vado's on-board media-management software will automatically launch when your mum plugs in the device, allowing her to upload clips in a few easy mouse clicks. The unit comes with 2GB of inbuilt memory, which will store around an hour of video at the highest quality setting.

    Check out our in-depth review of the [[artnid:256735|Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam. |Review: Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam]]
  • Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam — product detail

  • Creative Vado Pocket Video Cam — product detail

  • The videophile mum: [[artnid:322985|Canon Legria HFS11 (RRP: $2099)|Review: Canon HG21]]



    Canon has always been the queen of the castle when it comes to camcorder image quality, and the [[artnid:322985|Canon Legria HFS11|Review: Canon HG21]] is easily one of the best of the bunch. If your mum knows her way around a camcorder and is keen to capture lifelike footage, this model is definitely worth the extra dosh. Equipped with an 8.1-megapixel 1/2.6in CMOS sensor, the Canon HFS11 produces some of the best video quality we’ve seen.

    We were particularly impressed by the clarity of our footage, which was sharp and well detailed. It also performed well in our low-light tests, with the noise levels failing to obstruct picture clarity. The HFS11 uses SD/SDHC memory cards for added storage convenience. Videophile mums — accept no substitute!

    Check out our full review of the [[artnid:322985|Canon Legria HFS11|Review: Canon HG21]].
  • Canon Legria HFS11 — product detail

  • Canon Legria HFS11 — product detail

  • The technophobe mum: [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K (RRP: $599)|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]]



    If your mum was born during the Baby Boomer era, she might be a bit rubbish with modern technology. (That said, she can probably make clothes out of a needle and thread, which makes her a better survivalist in the event of a nuclear holocaust.) The [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]] is an entry-level camcorder that makes everything nice and easy for novice users.

    Its main drawcard is probably the Intelligent Auto (iA) mode, which adjusts camcorder settings on the fly to suit the changing environment. Other user-friendly tools include inbuilt face detection and Panasonic’s celebrated advanced optical image stabiliser (OIS), which provides shake-free recordings. The unit also comes with a massive 78x optical zoom lens for getting nice and close to distant action.

    Check out our in-depth review of the [[artnid:337171|Panasonic SDR-H85-K|Review: Panasonic SDR-H85-K]].
  • Panasonic SDR-H85-K — product detail

  • The soccer mom: [[artnid:301440|Sony HDR-XR200 (RRP: $1599)|Review: Sony HDR-XR200]]



    The [[artnid: 301440| Sony HDR-XR200|Review: Sony HDR-XR200]] has more deluxe bells-and-whistles than a kitted-out SUV — which makes it the perfect camcorder for up-and-at-'em soccer moms. This Full HD handycam comes with all the latest trends in camcorder technology, including 5.1-channel surround sound, an Optical SteadyShot (Active) mode, face detection, smile shutter functionality and super-slow steady shot — perfect for capturing that winning goal.

    Crucially, it also comes with an inbuilt GPS and geo-tagging, which means she’ll never get lost on her way to a school carnival or sporting event. With 120GB of inbuilt storage, she’ll also be able to capture each and every minute of her child’s star performance.

    Check out our in-depth review of the [[artnid: 301440| Sony HDR-XR200|Review: Sony HDR-XR200]].
  • Sony HDR-XR200 — product detail

  • Sony HDR-XR200 — product detail

  • The bargain-hunting mum: [[artnid:268688| Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera ($239)|Review: Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera]]



    Some mums can only appreciate a gift if they know you got a good deal for it. Even though they didn’t pay for it themselves, the thought of anyone getting stiffed at retail is too much for them to bear. The [[artnid:268688|Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera|Review: Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera]] is therefore guaranteed to put a smile on her face — at $299, it’s cheaper than many standard-definition camcorders.

    As its name implies, the Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera is a high-definition camcorder that records video at a maximum resolution of 1920x1080 pixels — otherwise known as Full HD. It also comes with an 8GB SD memory card, so your mum can start shooting straight away. When it comes to bang for your buck, it’s hard to look past this camera.

    Check out our full review of the [[artnid:268688| Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera |Review: Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera]].
  • Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera — product detail

  • Kogan Full HD 1080p Video Camera — product detail

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