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Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2013: Electronic Gadgets

Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2013: Electronic Gadgets

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CAMCORDERS
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QuickGuide
CAMCORDERS
Camcorders do more than just play back video on a TV. Youcan edit your videos on a computer, e-mail them, or uploadvideo clips to such sites as Facebook or YouTube. Somecamcorders even have 3D capability,
GPS,
and built-in projectors
Shopping tip
Electronic view-finders can helpyou shoot videoin bright lightsituations.
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What to look for
• An LCD with very goodquality, since most modelsdon't include a viewfinderand you'll need to composeon the display• Long battery life, sincebattery life varies greatly.
Also,
look for models thatcan be charged via a com-puter's USB port• Although image qualityis the most important factorin our tests, be sure to checkfor audio quality, whichvaries greatly
What to skip
• Digital zoom, since thistype of zoom degrades im-age quality
What you'll pay
For full-sized HD camcord-
ers,
you'll spend $300 to$1,500. For pocket camcord-
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you'll spend
$75
to $250.
For more buying advice,go to
ConsumerReports.org/
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The displayed score is out of a totalof 100 points.
Picture quaiity
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Low-iight picture quaiity
is based on recorded video images shot in dimlight at the highest quality setting availabie.
Ease of use
takes into account ergonomics of the •controls and displays, and user manual readability.
Auto focus
takes into account speed andaccuracy.
Audio quaiity
represents accuracy using the built-in microphone, pius freedom fromnoise,
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refiects image clarity, color accuracy, and contrast of the LCD. It also includes our judgment of theonscreen informationai displays, the video piayback under bright sunlight, and (if appiicabie) touch-screen usability.
Versatility
indicates features that increase a camcorder's utility or capabiiities.
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Price
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