Sony Handycam HDR-CX560V
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The Sell: Cinema quality in the palm of your hand.
The Test: Sony proves classic camcorders are still worth it. This 1920-by-1080 full-HD unit shoots 26 hours of brilliant footage on 64GB of built-in memory, with a wide-angle lens, 10x zoom, and a surround mic. On the still side, a sequencing feature lets you slice up two seconds of action into 22 frames, and the 12-mp images rival a DSLR’s.
The Verdict: Pricey, but your friends will be blown away. Video Quality: 4.5 (out of 5). Ease of Use: 4.