The best camcorders in 2024

Best camcorders
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The best camcorders go far beyond the videos created on today's flagship smartphones. Meaning that even if you've got one of the best camera phones around, you'd probably still benefit from a dedicated camcorder. Far from dying out, the camcorder is experiencing a renaissance, with a remarkable choice for every budget, level of expertise and activity thanks to their high quality footage, excellent resolution, and enhanced optical zoom lenses.

4K camcorders are now commonplace, from easy-to-use beginner devices that record with stabilised footage straight out of the box to high end professional-grade models that come studded with features and controls. Those needing something made of sturdier stuff there are rugged camcorders that can take more than the occasional knock, and often feature dust and waterproof sealing, able to operate in extreme temperatures, too. Many modern camcorders also offer wireless connectivity including Wi-Fi, NFC, or Bluetooth, allowing you to transfer videos without wires, or even live stream directly from the device.

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Cat Ellis

Cat is currently the editor of Creative Bloq's sister site Advnture. She was operations editor on Computer Arts, the former magazine for graphic designers and illustrators, and spent many years covering creative software as downloads editor for TechRadar. Cat is also a UK Athletics qualified run leader, and in her spare time she enjoys nothing more than lacing up her shoes and hitting the roads and trails (the muddier, the better).