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Consumer enthusiasm for HD camcorders is waning

High-definition camcorders are an ever-shrinking category. Although 3D-capable camcorders were a big trend in 2012, they didn't pick up traction with consumers. Likewise, while inexpensive pocket camcorders were once the rage, these models have been eclipsed by smartphones and digital cameras, which offer high-resolution video and more versatility. See our coverage of digital cameras, cheap digital cameras and smartphones for our top picks.

The best review sources -- CamcorderInfo.com, CNET and ConsumerReports.org -- thoroughly test all kinds of camcorders. For U.K. users, TrustedReviews.com and PC Advisor are equally reliable sources. However, all of these sources have significantly decreased their coverage of new camcorders. Owner reviews from sites like Amazon.com, when available, are helpful because real-life users can uncover problems that don't reveal themselves in field tests.

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