2012 Cyber Monday Camcorder Deals
We're tracking Cyber Monday deals on our favorite camcorders of the year.
Cyber Monday is the sale after the big sale. Retailers want to keep the party going all month long, so they made up another event after Black Friday. Save big, whoop dee doo.
Honestly, there are way too many sales, half-sales, and pretend sales to keep track of, so we’ll just call out good prices on camcorders that we really like. Many of them won accolades in our 2012 Best of Year Awards, which we’ll point out below.
We’ll add some more deals as they come along—many of them don’t get announced until Cyber Monday itself. Honestly there aren't many camcorder deals on the whole this year, but maybe we'll be surprised this weekend. Check back for updates.
CCI Best Mid-Range Camcorder, Panasonic V700M
This versatile and inexpensive camcorder nearly matched the performance of the high-end Panasonic HC-X900M, which was our runner-up for camcorder of the year.
• Panasonic V700M, $399 at B&H
An excellent mid-range model, the V700M was a clear winner for us this year.
CCI Best Value Camcorder, Panasonic V500M
The V500M is the winner of our 2012 Value Camcorder of the Year.
• Panasonic V500M, $289 at Amazon
The V500M comes highly recommended from our labs, offering a great price-to-performance ratio.
CCI Best Connectivity, JVC Everio GZ-VX700BUS
We weren't super impressed with the video quality we got from JVC's 2012 Everio line, but their WiFi features are second to none. Remote monitoring, smartphone control, and video email are just some of the features on hand.
• JVC Everio GZ-VX700BUS, $300 at Frys (add to cart to see price)
Wireless connectivity is an increasingly important factor in videography these days, and while we'd prefer to see it mated with better performance, this is the best you can get right now.
CCI Best Value System Camera for Video, Canon EOS Rebel T4i
The T4i is a pretty minor upgrade over the cheaper T3i, but if you're interested at all in videography it's a great starter camera. Silent, full-time autofocus is a first-in-class feature that sets it apart from its peers.
• Canon T4i with 18-55mm lens, $679 at Adorama (add to cart to see price)
• Canon T4i with 18-135mm STM lens, $899 at BH (add to cart to see this price)
• Canon T4i with 18-135mm STM lens, $899 at Amazon
If you buy at Amazon, you get a free 16GB Transcend Class 10 SDHC card and DSLR backpack, as well as some other extras. At BH, you'll pick up two 8GB SanDisk Class 10 SDHC cards, and you can add the Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens for just $63 extra (bringing the total to $962).
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