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You're not afraid to spend some extra money to get the very best video quality. Performance is everything in this category—well, almost everything. You also want a camcorder that will give you a lot of manual control: you've owned a camcorder and you know how to use it. For great video performance and lots of extra options, these are the camcorders (and cameras) for you.

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Canon xlh1a vanity120

Canon XL H1A

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