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Best Buy customers often prefer the following products when searching for camcorders for beginners.

If you're not a videographer, you may not even consider buying a camcorder. But they're handy for everything from capturing the kids' soccer games to shooting home movies or even recording lectures in class. And if you are doing video work, you may have been tempted by the latest DSLRs and mirrorless cameras—but they can't match the picture quality or convenience of a camcorder. Here's a look at some of the best on the market right now.

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  1. Panasonic - HC-V785K Full HD Video Camera Camcorder with 20X Optical Zoom - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Excellent camera this is definitely great for beginners...Needed something to record my games and have audio and it does that. Definitely a beginner type camcorder so keep that in mind"

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    Product Description

    The V785 Full-HD Camcorder shoots bright, crisp images even in dim lighting, due to a 34% larger sensor (1/2.3-inch vs. standard 1/5.8-inch). To reduce hand shake, the AUTO O.I.S. Lock function automatically activates. Compact camera body includes 4-drive lens system and optical 20x zoom. Smooth slow motion video, multi manual dial settings, and a wind shield zoom microphone for high sound quality.
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    "Excellent camera this is definitely great for beginners...Needed something to record my games and have audio and it does that. Definitely a beginner type camcorder so keep that in mind"

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    Product Description

    The V785 Full-HD Camcorder shoots bright, crisp images even in dim lighting, due to a 34% larger sensor (1/2.3-inch vs. standard 1/5.8-inch). To reduce hand shake, the AUTO O.I.S. Lock function automatically activates. Compact camera body includes 4-drive lens system and optical 20x zoom. Smooth slow motion video, multi manual dial settings, and a wind shield zoom microphone for high sound quality.
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  2. Sony - AX43A 4K Handycam with Exmore R CMOS sensor camcorder - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Excellent Camcorder for Beginners...One drawback of the camcorder is it will not film in vertical mode like a phone or newer camera. ...bought it as a beginner...i love my purchase. as a beginner in the camcorder game, i am pleased with the ease of use and the quality of the videos."

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    Delivering superb solutions for content creators and videographers, with Balanced Optical SteadyShot, to rival gimbal systems, high-resolution 4K1 movie recording and high-quality sound with a unique microphone the AX43A Handycam® camcorder puts professional production and simple movie sharing within anyone’s grasp.
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    "Excellent Camcorder for Beginners...One drawback of the camcorder is it will not film in vertical mode like a phone or newer camera. ...bought it as a beginner...i love my purchase. as a beginner in the camcorder game, i am pleased with the ease of use and the quality of the videos."

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    Delivering superb solutions for content creators and videographers, with Balanced Optical SteadyShot, to rival gimbal systems, high-resolution 4K1 movie recording and high-quality sound with a unique microphone the AX43A Handycam® camcorder puts professional production and simple movie sharing within anyone’s grasp.
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  3. Panasonic - HC-VX870K 4K Ultra HD Flash Memory Camcorder - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "They can improve but for beginners this would be a good 4K camera. I'm just used to much larger proline cameras...Camcorder...Perfect for beginners and it has accessories not like other u need to buy seperately"

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    Product Description

    Preserve important moments with this Panasonic HC-VX870K camcorder, which features a BSI MOS sensor that captures stunning footage with up to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution and clear stereo sound. Hybrid image stabilization ensures smooth videos.
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    "They can improve but for beginners this would be a good 4K camera. I'm just used to much larger proline cameras...Camcorder...Perfect for beginners and it has accessories not like other u need to buy seperately"

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    Product Description

    Preserve important moments with this Panasonic HC-VX870K camcorder, which features a BSI MOS sensor that captures stunning footage with up to 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) resolution and clear stereo sound. Hybrid image stabilization ensures smooth videos.
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  4. Sony - Handycam CX405 Flash Memory Camcorder - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "Great camera for beginners...Great camera for beginners. Excellent price. Well worth the money....Reliable camcorder for beginners...Reliable camera for beginners. It has a plasticky feel to it compared to the earlier models"

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    Product Description

    Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a BIONZ X image processor and an Exmor R CMOS sensor, this Sony Handycam HDRCX405/B camcorder enables you to capture video footage with 1920 x 1080 resolution and sharp still images.
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    "Great camera for beginners...Great camera for beginners. Excellent price. Well worth the money....Reliable camcorder for beginners...Reliable camera for beginners. It has a plasticky feel to it compared to the earlier models"

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    Product Description

    Utilizing Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, a BIONZ X image processor and an Exmor R CMOS sensor, this Sony Handycam HDRCX405/B camcorder enables you to capture video footage with 1920 x 1080 resolution and sharp still images.
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  5. Sony - Handycam AX53 4K Flash Memory Premium Camcorder - Black - Angle_Zoom
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    "It's a good Camcorder for beginners. Very simple to use and works great. ...Easy to use for beginners, cool features! Works excellent for filming or taking still pics"

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    Product Description

    Shoot video in ultrahigh 4K resolution with the Sony 4K Expert Handycam. The advanced Exmor R sensor delivers outstanding image clarity and reduces artifacts and noise for a great-looking, consistent video. Use the 29 mm wide-angle lens for up to 12x optical zoom, which ensures your Sony 4K Expert Handycam captures all the action.
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    "It's a good Camcorder for beginners. Very simple to use and works great. ...Easy to use for beginners, cool features! Works excellent for filming or taking still pics"

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    Product Description

    Shoot video in ultrahigh 4K resolution with the Sony 4K Expert Handycam. The advanced Exmor R sensor delivers outstanding image clarity and reduces artifacts and noise for a great-looking, consistent video. Use the 29 mm wide-angle lens for up to 12x optical zoom, which ensures your Sony 4K Expert Handycam captures all the action.
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