Updated September 30, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

The 8 Best Professional Camcorders

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This wiki has been updated 10 times since it was first published in July of 2018. Whether you're a filmmaker, a news reporter, or a wedding videographer, having a professional camcorder at your disposal can dramatically improve your work. Compared to lesser models, these boast better lenses, bigger sensors, and more controls to let you hone an image to your satisfaction. We've ranked them here by their picture quality, handling, rigging options, and special features. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best professional camcorder on Amazon.

8. Canon XA11

7. Sony PXW-Z280

6. JVC GY-HM620U

5. Panasonic HC-X1

4. Canon XA15

3. Sony PXW-FS7M2 XDCAM

2. Canon XC15

1. Sony PXW-FS5 Mk II

Editor's Notes

September 26, 2019:

While all the companies on our list produce a number of new cameras every year, their products that can truly be considered professional grade come out somewhat more rarely. As a result, the only newcomer to our list is the Sony PXW-Z280, which offers users much of the same features as their FS5 and FS7 cameras, but with a different sensor and a fixed zoom lens. It's a nice option, but it couldn't climb toward the top of our list as it's hard to justify that kind of cost with a fixed lens, especially when the company's top cameras aren't terribly pricier.

Beyond that, we found it prudent to move the Canon XC15 to the number two spot as a DSLR form factor has become such a mainstay in pro videography that it finds itself uniquely suited to a number of rigs that might accommodate a more traditional camcorder design. It also doesn't hurt that it shoots in 4K and from a 1-inch sensor when nearly everything else in its price range shoots with much smaller chips, limiting everything from their low-light performance to possible bokeh.


Daniel Imperiale
Last updated on September 30, 2019 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel Imperiale holds a bachelor’s degree in writing, and proudly fled his graduate program in poetry to pursue a quiet life at a remote Alaskan fishery. After returning to the contiguous states, he took up a position as an editor and photographer of the prestigious geek culture magazine “Unwinnable” before turning his attention to the field of health and wellness. In recent years, he has worked extensively in film and music production, making him something of a know-it-all when it comes to camera equipment, musical instruments, recording devices, and other audio-visual hardware. Daniel’s recent obsessions include horology (making him a pro when it comes to all things timekeeping) and Uranium mining and enrichment (which hasn’t proven useful just yet).


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