It’s almost Black Friday. You know the drill: Get up early, stand in the freezing cold for hours, and save big! Before you ruin your Thanksgiving buzz on a bum deal, take a look at what we think of the biggest digital camcorder deals set for Black Friday 2012.
There are tons of circulars and web ads to keep up with, so consider this page a work in progress until Black Friday actually arrives. But in general, we aren't finding too many camcorder deals this year, since the segment just isn't as hot as it used to be. Stay tuned. Last Updated: 11/16 1PM EST
CCI Best Value Camcorder, Panasonic V500M
The V500M is the winner of our 2012 Value Camcorder of the Year.
• Panasonic V500M, $289 at Amazon
As the only award-winning camcorder we've found a deal on so far, the V500M comes highly recommended.
*This 1080p camcorder isn't quite the same model as the Canon HF R-series model we reviewed, but the only difference is that it lacks any built-in memory or stupid WiFi.
• Canon HF R300, $229 at Costco w/ Member's Card
No specific price is mentioned in the ad, but Canon's list price for this model is $299, so, y'know, arithmetic. A decent deal at $229.
Odds and Ends
• Sony Handycam CX190, $199, Best Buy We have not tested this 1080p-shooting model, but it's in the same class as the Canon HF R300 above.
• Samsung F80, $149, Sears and K-Mart A super-long zoomer with 720p video.
• Vivitar HD Video Camera, $19, Sears and tons of other retailers Yes, you read that correctly, a $19 HD camcorder. Details are scarce, and the camcorder is probably junk, but this was worth mentioning. We'll see if we can dig up some more info on this camcorder.
• Panasonic HC-V10K HD Camcorder, $149, Radioshack We didn't test it, but it appears to be a pretty good deal at $100 off. It shoots 720p, packs a large 63x optical zoom, and has a few other features making it YouTube ready.
• *GoPro HD Hero, $149, WalMart
This little guy is on sale at this price right now (ostensibly to make room for the 4k-shooting GoPro Hero 3). You can get the Hero 2 in various action bundles (auto, flight, surf, paddle, snow) for a bit more if you're interested in extra mounts. All packages come with a 16GB SDHC card.
Check out our other Black Friday deals guides:
• OvenInfo.com 2012 Black Friday Range & Oven Deals
• DigitalCameraInfo.com 2012 Black Friday Digital Camera Deals
• TelevisionInfo.com 2012 Black Friday TV Deals
• DishwasherInfo.com 2012 Black Friday Camcorder Deals
• RefrigeratorInfo.com 2012 Black Friday Refrigerator Deals