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20+ Camcorders for under £200 delivered

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Here is a list of 20+ camcorder offers for under £200 delivered. Retailers include Jessops, Comet, Play, Dixons, Currys, Empiredirect, Ebuyer and Pixmania.

The prices dont include cashback but include delivery. I had surprises and disappointments when searching for prices. To my surprise, JESSOPS tops the list with the cheapest, yet powerful Panasonic NV-GS27 camcorder. Disappointment ? Not even a single camcorder is sub £200 at Amazon.co.uk

Edit: Jessops is no longer the cheapest :(

As expected, all these camcorders are miniDV formats. Minimum information is provided for each camcorder including optical zoom, digital zoom and any other significant specification. No list is complete without your help; please help me to update this thread (Reputation is guaranteed for all useful pointers :) ) and I hope this remains as a source for anyone looking for a cheap camcorder.

Quidco cashback: Jessops (4%), Comet (3.5%), Play (2%), Dixons (3%), Currys (2%), Empiredirect (2%), Ebuyer (1.5%) and Pixmania (3%).
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#1
[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VP-D361 digital camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £154.75 delivered
Where: Comet
http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/320811.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a



[COLOR=darkred]Panasonic NVGS27B SILVER digital camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £160.50 delivered
Where: Comet
http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/316598.jpg
Optical Zoom: 30x
Digital Zoom: 1000x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VP-D361 digital camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £153.90 delivered [ - £6.90 if you have Pixcard]
Where: Pixmania
http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/320811.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VPD-351 Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £161.99 delivered [use HOTUKDEALS offer code]
Where: Jessops
http://www.jessops.com/ce-images/PRODUCT/PRODUCT_REGULAR/ASAMSCC205102608.jpg
Optical Zoom: 20x
Digital Zoom: 900x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: Power Nite Pix




[COLOR=darkred]Panasonic NV-GS27 miniDV Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £162.90 delivered [- £6.90 if you have PixCard]
Where: Pixmania
http://www.jessops.com/ce-images/PRODUCT/PRODUCT_REGULAR/APANACC205110021.jpg
Optical Zoom: 30x
Digital Zoom: 1000x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D239EX MiniDV Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £164.90 delivered [- £6.90 if you have PixCard]
Where: [NOT AVAILABLE]
[IMG]http://img.dilouprix.com/prd/l16499.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 30x
Digital Zoom: 1000x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D247 Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £169.98 delivered
Where: ebuyer
[IMG]http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0107259_C0000052_P0000000.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 25x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a



[COLOR=darkred]Panasonic NV-GS27 miniDV Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £170.99 delivered [use HOTUKDEALS offer code]
Where: Jessops
[IMG]http://www.jessops.com/ce-images/PRODUCT/PRODUCT_REGULAR/APANACC205110021.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 30x
Digital Zoom: 1000x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D340EK Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £172.25 delivered
Where: Comet
[IMG]http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/318973.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 32x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D340EK Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £174.89 delivered
Where: Dixons
[IMG]http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/318973.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 32x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a
#2
[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VP-D361 MiniDV DVC Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £174.99 delivered
Where: Play.com
http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/320811.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a





[COLOR=darkred]SAMSUNG D362 Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £177.01 delivered
Where: Dixons
http://www.currys.co.uk/images/835699_01_large.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: USB 2.0





[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VP-D361 MiniDV DVC Camcorder[/COLOR] [with Free Pinnacle Studio editing software]
Price: £179.23 delivered
Where: Empire Direct
http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/320811.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a





[COLOR=darkred]SAMSUNG D362 Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £179.89 delivered
Where: Currys
http://www.currys.co.uk/images/835699_01_large.jpg
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: USB 2.0





[COLOR=darkred]Canon MV890 Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £179.98 delivered
Where: ebuyer
http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0108134_C0000052_P0000000.jpg
Optical Zoom: 22x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.7"
Other notable features: built-in sliding lens cover





[COLOR=darkred]Canon MV890 Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £180.00 delivered [use HOTUKDEALS offer code]
Where: Jessops
[IMG]http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0108134_C0000052_P0000000.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 22x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.7"
Other notable features: built-in sliding lens cover





[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D340 Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £180.00 delivered [use HOTUKDEALS offer code]
Where: Jessops
[IMG]http://www.jessops.com/ce-images/PRODUCT/PRODUCT_REGULAR/AJVCPCC205109815.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 32x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a





[COLOR=darkred]Canon MV890 Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £187.77 delivered
Where: Comet
[IMG]http://image.ebuyer.com/UK/P0108134_C0000052_P0000000.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 22x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.7"
Other notable features: built-in sliding lens cover






[COLOR=darkred]JVC GR-D340EK Mini DV Digital Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £189.17 delivered
Where: Currys
[IMG]http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/318973.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 32x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: n/a




[COLOR=darkred]Samsung VP-D363 MiniDV DVC Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £194.99 delivered
Where: Play.com
[IMG]http://images.play.com/covers/930096m.jpg[/IMG]
Optical Zoom: 33x
Digital Zoom: 1200x
LCD Screen size: 2.5"
Other notable features: SD/MMC Slot, Photo mode, USB 2.0
#3
Lot of work gone into this thread edi :) Nice long list and excellent prices too!
#4
Thanks Ray.

Yes, nearly a day's work. I hope this thread will be an useful one.
[mod]#5
This is fantastic edi, great post! :thumbsup:
suspended#6
so whats the best one to go for? lol? so much choice arrrrrrrgh
#7
There's no Sony ones on the list - what about the

[COLOR=darkred]Sony Handycam DCR-HC24E MiniDV Camcorder[/COLOR]
Price: £202 inc Free delivery
Where: Amazon.co.uk

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000E3UV7K.02-ATVPDKIKX0DER._SCMZZZZZZZ_V58524458_.jpg

Optical Zoom: 20x
Digital Zoom: 800x
LCD Screen size: 2.7"
Other notable features: LCD screen with touch panel

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000E3UV7K.02-
#8
Amazing list, thanks for putting all the effort and time in - I've been considering a cheap DV camcorder now I've switched to SLR with no video recording and the members of this list seem ideal. However, the D-SLR (bought from an offer posted here) is trying to drain my money for accessories right now...sheesh I hate this site!

John
#9
will defo be getting one of these for my holidays - just need to make a choice of which one ! fantastic post, very informative :thumbsup:
1 Like #10
Thanks Cat, win2000b, paden69, Johnmcl7 and Lee. :thumbsup:

Paden69, I was strict with my £200 mark and hence might have missed the £203 camcorder from Amazon. As you rightly pointed out there is no SONY in the above list & hence might be worth adding it. Do you mind PM me the Amazon link please ?
#11
Great list Edi & very much appreciated. Just a strange thing I noticed- if you buy from Jessops and add any accessories at a discounted price (the Panasonic pack of tapes, for example, at £11.99 instead of £17.99) and then use the hotukdeals or quidcoten codes the discounted accessories go back up to the original price, wiping out any cashback gained via quidco. I don't know why this is, but bear this in mind when comparing prices. The list is perfect for the camcorder alone, but if you need any tapes or other accessories you might want to compare the package price.
#12
No need for a camcorder, but I am sure this will be useful for people looking to buy one. Thanks for your effort!
#13
They must be clearing the decks for the release of HDD (Hard Disk Drive) cameras or maybe HD (High Definition) ones?
#14
Any Camcorder experts recommend the best of that bunch? Looking to buy one for my holiday in Dominican Republic!!
(Jealous??)
1 Like #15
Tommy,

Panasonic NV-GS27 or Canon MV890

Panasonic is cheap and powerful. Canon has good specs.
#16
Very good list and a lots of work involved. Thanks edi!
Out of those I would stick to Pannies and Canon.
Let Samsung make good phones :D
#17
Been a while since I saw you online Kommunist. Hope you are spending time in improving ur new home. :wink:
#18
Well.. I finally moved in. Sort of. :)
Anyway, I am going to disappear for another two or three weeks starting this Friday...
#19
[SIZE=2]Latest addition to the list is a [COLOR=darkred]SONY miniDV camcorder[/COLOR] for £202 by paden69[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Thanks to you paden :thumbsup: [/SIZE]
#20
i have just seen a camcorder at woolies for about sixty pounds !
#22
I'd def. go for the Panasonic out of these. Sony and Samsung aren't a great choice in this price range.
#23


That's what I got from that link:
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#24
What is 'miniDV' format like then? I dont know anything or neve heard about it. I could do with one now that the wedding season is upon us.
#25
TheManWithNoName,

Wiki has the answer http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DV
#26
What is FredHopperProcessorBrowseTest UNSET! ?
1 Like #27
TheManWithNoName
What is 'miniDV' format like then? I dont know anything or neve heard about it. I could do with one now that the wedding season is upon us.


In short, there are several formats you can use in digital camcorder:

DV tape - often confused with MiniDV but in reality is different (bigger tape). Professional format.
MiniDV tape - most digital camcorders are using this type of tapes.
Digital8 tape - Sony proprietary format, which is still on market but sort of dying.
MicroMV tape - yet another Sony invention that never took off. Using MPEG2 as recording format, so it is difficult to edit.
DVD disks - using MPEG2 as a format, diificult to edit but it is the "everyone must get it even if it is rubbish" sort of thing.
HDD (hard drive based) - normally using MPEG2 or even worse MPEG4 for encoding.
Memory card-based (SD, CF, etc) - these are normally produce rubbish picture due to plastic cheapo optics and high compression. Sort of camera in mobile phone really.

In short, if you want to edit your video then make DVD or whatever, go for MiniDV (less compression, easier editing and such). If you want to immediately show to everyone your video without editing, then go for DVD-based. IMHO. :)
#28
edi
What is FredHopperProcessorBrowseTest UNSET! ?


Haven't got a single clue. I don't even know who Fred Hopper is! :D
#29
http://www.woolworths.co.uk/product_images/12/65/27/12652767.jpg

Vivitar DVR 410 Digital Camcorder


PRICE: £59.99

Where: Woolworths

Description

Now you can capture all of those unforgettable moments and watch them time and time again with the Vivitar DVR-410 Digital Video Camera. The DVR-410 is ultra lightweight can take digital still photos and fits in your shirt pocket or handbag! It can also be used as an MP3 Player and voice recorder and features a small in built speaker as well as a headphone jack for private listening.

Features



MP3 Player
MPEG4 Movie player
4 Mega Pixel digital camera
8x Digital zoom
2.0" Colour LCD TFT Screen
Auto Focus

Specifications


Image Sensor - 4.0 Mega pixels CCD Sensor
Transfer MP3 files from your PC via USB cable
Still Image Resolution - 8MP, 6MP (by interpolation) 4MP (native resolution)
Video Resolution - VGA 640 x 480, QVGA: 320 x 240
Lens - Focal length: 7.60mm, F-no: 3.5/7.0
Digital Zoom: 1-8x for still image play back mode and 1-8x for still image and movie capture mode
Integral microphone for voice recoding
Built in speaker and headphone jack
Flash modes - Auto / Red eye / Forced / Off
White Balance - Auto/ Daylight/ Lamp/ Fluorescent11/ Fluorescent-2/ Shade
LCD display - 2.0 Colour TFT LCD screen
Internal memory - 8MB Internal (SD memory card slot up to 512MB)
Self Timer - 3-second delay / 10-second delay
Video standards - NTSC/PAL
Compression format - Still image - JPEG, Video MPEG4, Audio - IMA-ADPCM
USB port, A/V out terminal

Contents


Digital camera
A / V Cable
USB Cable
Earphone
User's manual
Software CD-Rom
Hand strap
pouch

Can someone post the link to this .... well if anyone is interested that is.
#30
here is another available at woolworths

http://www.woolworths.co.uk/product_images/12/61/03/12610329.jpg

Vivitar 2.0 Mega Pixel Digital Video Camera - DVR-210


PRICE: £49.99

Description

Now you can capture all of those unforgettable moments and watch them time and time again with the Vivitar DVR-210 Digital Video Camera. Its ultra light weight, takes digital still photos and fits in your shirt pocket or handbag! It can also be used as an MP3 Player and voice recorder.

Features



Image Sensor - 2.0 Mega pixels
Still image Resolution - 4M, 3M(interpolation) 2M, 0.5M
Video Resolution - VGA: 640 x 480, QVGA: 320 x 240
Lens - Fixed focus, F/3.0 aperture, 7.7mm
Zoom - 2x Capture / 4x Playback
Range of Focus - 1 meter to infinity, normal 12"-20:macro
Flash modes - Auto, red-eye, off
White balance - Automatic w/presets for daylight, lamp, flurescent1, fluorescent 2, shade
LCD display - 1.5" TFT
Internal memory - 16mb
External memory - Secure Digital (SD) memory card (not included). Up to 512mb
PC Cam - QVGA: 320 x 240
Audio - Built in microphone (mono), built in headphone plug 2.5mm (stereo) and built in speaker (mono)
Voice recorder
Video - Video output: NTSC/PAL
MP3 Player
File formats - Still images: JPEG, Video: ASF(MPEG-4), Audio: ASF(G.726)
System requirements - PC: Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
Software - PhotoSuite, PhotoVista, WinDVD Creator SVCD
Connectors - USB port, headphone, video out
Power - 2 x AA Batteries

Contents


Vivitar DVR-210 Digital Video and Still Camera
Soft carry case
Wrist strap
Drivers and software
USB cable
Video cable
Ear phones
#31
Link added now Katherine. Thanks for the post.

Also, delivery is FREE if you choose to get this delivered to local Woolies. Forget not Quidco which gives 5% cashback for woolies.
#32
Katherine

I wouldn't touch any of these with a bargepole to be honest.
#33
Kommunist
Katherine

I wouldn't touch any of these with a bargepole to be honest.


I was thinking about getting one for my daughter to play with - she likes singing and dancing...thought it might be a cheap option to save her breaking a more expensive one.
As much as i would love one of the others i just really cant afford them
#34
Kommunist
Katherine

I wouldn't touch any of these with a bargepole to be honest.


You do pay for what you get Kommunist, and I don't think anyone paying £50 for a camcorder would expect much from it...
#35
I dont think the Woolies ones are camcorders. Just another device that can make a movie in MPEG mode. Several of these in ebuyer too and I deliberately omitted them while compiling the list.

[SIZE=2]Might temp someone looking for a cheap movie maker. Thanks Katherine :) [/SIZE]
#36
no offence...not everyone is as technical.
I just think for kids they are a great entry level camcorder to see if they take to them
#37
Kommunist
In short, there are several formats you can use in digital camcorder:

DV tape - often confused with MiniDV but in reality is different (bigger tape). Professional format.
MiniDV tape - most digital camcorders are using this type of tapes.
Digital8 tape - Sony proprietary format, which is still on market but sort of dying.
MicroMV tape - yet another Sony invention that never took off. Using MPEG2 as recording format, so it is difficult to edit.
DVD disks - using MPEG2 as a format, diificult to edit but it is the "everyone must get it even if it is rubbish" sort of thing.
HDD (hard drive based) - normally using MPEG2 or even worse MPEG4 for encoding.
Memory card-based (SD, CF, etc) - these are normally produce rubbish picture due to plastic cheapo optics and high compression. Sort of camera in mobile phone really.

In short, if you want to edit your video then make DVD or whatever, go for MiniDV (less compression, easier editing and such). If you want to immediately show to everyone your video without editing, then go for DVD-based. IMHO. :)



But isnt dvd format alot better for picture quality and sound etc ??
surelly the mini dv tape version after a few 50 runs will start to have imperfections to the quality, the dvd format on the other hand will be good every time unless you scratch the thing. :smile:
#38
Im actualy looking for a video camera just now and i would sway more to buying the dvd version (altho dearer) it will have better pic quality and sound PLUS you dont have to fart about connecting leads up to the dvd recorder to record on to cd and waiting for it to copy.

Im watching this thread very curiously lol


EDIT: Katherin yeh that looks a fine camera just for the kids to play with picture and sound might not be great and memory would be a must for upgrade to get longer recording time,
go on buy it for your daughter she will love it :-) wish i had one when i was wee, your daughter will be over the moon to be actually be able to record herself. :grin:
just remember to lock the bathroom door when your in the shower.... << HINT !! the cheeky wee begger might do a spot of home movies :lol: rofl
#39
[SIZE=2][COLOR=darkred]Sony Handycam DCR-DVD105E DVD Camcorder (20x Optical Zoom, 2.5" LCD Screen)[/COLOR] [/SIZE]


[SIZE=2]Price: £275 inc Free delivery[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]Where: Amazon UK[/SIZE]

[SIZE=2]http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B000E3Z094.02-ATVPDKIKX0DER._SCMZZZZZZZ_V58524473_.jpg[/SIZE]


Super NightShot Plus Infrared System captures natural-looking video in low light
1/6-inch CCD imager
Compatible with DVD-R/-RW/+RW formats
20x optical zoom with digital image stabilisation
2.5-inch high-resolution touch-panel SwivelScreen LCD display


[SIZE=2]
[/SIZE]
#40
Yeh i like that Edi, but i dont shop with amazon anymore had a bad experience and lost
250 bux.

Any shops do good offers with money off ?? ive been looking at comet and loe and behold the same sony one

[COLOR=darkred]Sony DCRDVD105 digital DVD camcorder[/COLOR]

Price: £272.24 inc Free delivery

Where: Comet

http://www.comet.co.uk/comet/dyn_imgs/prods/prod_full/313084.jpg

might get this one ..... might have a drive up to comet and have a wander around lol

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