Top rated digital video: August 2011

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These are the top rated camcorders and video cameras we've reviewed in the year leading up to August 2011.

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Contour+
4.50

1. Contour+ video camera

If you're an action junkie, keeping track of your exploits -- whether it's for posterity or for bragging purposes -- should be high on your list of priorities. The Contour+ makes that task easy; it's a very convenient, very simple ...
Review Date: 24th Aug., 2011
RRP: $ 699.00
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HDC-SDT750
4.25

2. Panasonic HDC-SDT750 3D camcorder

The Panasonic HDC-SDT750 is a bold step forwards into 3D videography. Perhaps more importantly, it doubles as an excellent 2D camcorder. If you own a 3D TV, it represents a very logical purchase.
Review Date: 22nd Sept., 2010
RRP: $ 1,999.00
LifeCam HD-5000
4.00

3. Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000

Ideal for families, the Microsoft LifeCam HD-5000 ensures PC users can capture good quality HD video, while also having some fun with the images and video they shoot.
Review Date: 17th Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 99.95
Xacti VPC-CA100
4.00

4. Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA100 Full HD waterproof camcorder

The Sanyo Xacti VPC-CA100 is a great option for anyone who requires underwater Full HD videos. Despite some minor design flaws, it remains an excellent all-round performer.
Review Date: 9th Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 549.00
Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20
4.00

5. Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 (8GB)

Despite a few design quirks, the Sony Bloggie Touch MHS-TS20 is a definite improvement over its non-touchscreen-equipped predecessor. It is capable of taking very attractive video and is ultra-stylish to boot.
Review Date: 29th Nov., 2010
RRP: $ 299.00
HXR-MC50E
4.00

6. Sony HXR-MC50E professional camcorder

With its bundled external microphone and exceptional image quality, the Sony HXR-MC50E camcorder is a reliable, all-in-one package that doesn't skimp on extras features. Professional videographers may require something a bit meatier though.
Review Date: 16th Nov., 2010
RRP: $ 2,299.00
Full HD Waterproof Seacam
3.75

7. Millennius Full HD Waterproof Seacam

If you're after a cheap camcorder that you can use underwater, the Millennius Full HD Waterproof Seacam is pretty hard to beat. On the downside, its video quality and zoom function are both a bit lacking.
Review Date: 16th Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 249.00
Flip MinoHD 8GB
3.75

8. Flip MinoHD 8GB pocket camcorder

The Flip MinoHD 8GB isn't the best pocket camcorder on the market. Nevertheless, it provides good video for the asking price and is very user-friendly for beginners.
Review Date: 1st Dec., 2010
RRP: $ 279.95
Xacti VPC-CS1
3.75

9. Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 Full HD pocket camcorder

Despite a poor low-light performance, the Sanyo Xacti VPC-CS1 remains a decent little camcorder. It looks great, comes with some nice features and takes attractive video in optimum lighting.
Review Date: 12th Oct., 2010
RRP: $ 499.00
Echo
3.50

10. Dropcam Echo

Dropcam makes live streaming a snap with simple installation and a handy accompanying Android or iPhone app.
Review Date: 9th March, 2011
RRP: $ 197.00
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