Best Camcorders For Low Light

While looking for the best camcorder for low light conditions, we should look for following features in a camcorder:

1.) Aperture: For low light condition aperture should be low. Lower aperture is better.
2.) Lens diameter should be big. Bigger lens diameter is better.
3.) Sensor size should be large. Larger sensor size is better.
4.) Sensitivity should be low. Lower sensitivity(lux) is better.

3CCD sensor camcorders are the best for low light conditions but one CCD or CMOS sensors are also good for low light but only condition is sensor size should be large.

Low light camcorders are very good for indoor conditions and suitable for evening and night recording conditions.

Check the best camcorders for low light at Amazon

Here we’ve rounded up top low light camcorders on the basis of many expert review ratings, Amazon ratings. Some of the top manufacturers of best low light camcorders are Canon, Panasonic and JVC.

Top 5 camcorders for low light video capture are given below:

# 1

Canon VIXIA HF G60 Video Camera...
42 Reviews

Canon VIXIA HF G60 Video Camera...

  • 1.0-Inch 4K UHD CMOS image sensor
  • 15x optical 4K UHD zoom lens with 5-axis Optical image...
  • Digic DV 6 Image processor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Turn your VIXIA camcorder into a high-quality webcam using...
  • Max focal length: 382.5

Positive / Critical Customer Reviews:

Awesome camcorder but the stabilization needs work
I sold my 2013 Sony Camcorder to buy this one and I'm VERY glad I did. The image..
Video Guy
Disappointing no wifi
Before I purchased Canon support said the camera was wi fi As much as it cost an..
Its a very good quality !
Love itJust as advertised !..
Luiza Y

# 2

Sony HXR-NX80 4K HD NXCAM Camcorder
13 Reviews

Sony HXR-NX80 4K HD NXCAM Camcorder

  • Fast Hybrid Auto Focus with advanced features
  • Instant HDR workflow w/ HLG
  • Super Slow/ S&Q Motion
  • 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi & Streaming Options
  • Simple Live Solution when combined with MCX500 Live Producer...

Positive / Critical Customer Reviews:

Very bad white noise (defected camcorder??)
I am youtuber with more than 70k subscribers and developing 2 more youtube channe..
Sungshin Cho
First off; this is THE BEST "RUN & GUN" video camera, on the market! And trust m..
love the picture quality
love the picture quality , we end up set it up as 1080p to save space ; not loosi..

# 3

Canon XA15 Professional Camcorder, Black
10 Reviews

Canon XA15 Professional Camcorder, Black

  • Genuine Canon 20x High Definition Optical Zoom Lens
  • Advanced HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor with Improved Low-light...
  • Full HD 1920x1080 Recording Capabilities
  • HD/SD-SDI Output
  • 3.0-inch LCD Capacitive Touchscreen with Tilt able...
  • optical sensor resolution: 3.09
  • max focal length: 0.01

Positive / Critical Customer Reviews:

Excellent Camera
I have used a XA20, XA30 & XA35. I decided to buy 2 of the XA15. Absolutely love ..
M. White
Outstanding Canon Quality...
This camera is outstanding in every way that I need! Great in low light situation..
Sam L.
Make sure to learn your sound settings when using external mic
Pretty good quality easy to use..

# 4

Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR...
22 Reviews

Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR...

  • 1” (1.0-Type) stacked Exmor RS back Illuminated CMOS...
  • Incredibly fast, Hybrid AF with 273 points and wide coverage
  • 4K resolution (3840 x 2160) in addition to full HD. Filter...
  • Instant HDR workflow with Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) encoding
  • ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom Lens w/ 29mm wide...

Positive / Critical Customer Reviews:

AX100 comparison AX700 worth the upgrade? YES it is.
In this review of the Sony AX700, I am making physical/function comparisons with ..
Freddy The Frog
Instant HDR claim is fraudulent and misleading
I have the AX100, which I am very happy with, and contemplated replacing it with ..
I own a Sony AX/33 which is also great, but the quality of clarity and light / ...
People complain about 60fps for 4K but I never have needed that.I am ABSOLUTELY b..
Learn From Zero (G. Trombley)

# 5

Canon VIXIA HF G20 Camcorder with 10x HD...
21 Reviews

Canon VIXIA HF G20 Camcorder with 10x HD...

  • 10x HD video lens (5mm equivalent: 30.4mm – 304mm) with...
  • Canon HD CMOS Pro Image Sensor (1/3-inch, 1920 x 1080 image...
  • Up to 12 hours of HD Recording to 32GB internal memory (2...
  • Dynamic super range Optical image stabilization and...

Positive / Critical Customer Reviews:

Refurbished Camera had Faulty Audio; NO RESPONSE FROM THIS SELLER!
This model of camera appears to be a good one. I bought the same model two days b..
Tim McMullen
Canon G20
I bought this instead of it's more expensive brothers. Bought it to use in a chur..
Good enough to use to make a living!
I have a G10 and needed a second camera so I got this G20. Not much learning curv..
Carey Holzman

Best Camcorders For Low Light – Conclusion

Low-light performance needs to be high in professional camcorders as it demands recording sessions at any time of the day. And most of the times, low-light performance is found to be grand in professional cams. Thus, we have quite expensive camcorder here on the list.

The similarities between Canon VIXIA G40 and XA 30 are enormous like 16:9 Aspect ratio, 1080p/60FPS, 20x Optical zoom, 2.91MP still images, CMOS sensor, 400x Digital Zoom, SDXC and SDHC memory support and Auto & Manual focus adjustment. However, there are few things that the XA30 is significantly better at are frame rate (60FPS vs 35FPS), smaller focal length and higher aperture number and higher effective megapixels. Also, the XA 30 is much lighter than the G40 which makes it more feasible to be carried. Slightly better than the XA 30 is the XA 35 which has quite a similar line of features to that of XA 30, namely Total Megapixels, Optical CMOS Pro Sensor, Intelligent 5-axis OIS, Dynamic IS, 1080p/60FPS, Highlight priority mode, Dual-format recording, 20x Optical Zoom, 3.5” OLED touch screen and Dual-band WiFi. The core difference between the two is that the XA35 has HD/SD-SDI port for extending its capabilities while the XA30 doesn’t possess it.

Now the Sony camcorder FDR-AX53 on the list with a mid-range price tag absolutely justifies it. It has typical, mainstream Sony features like 4K recording, XAVC S 16.6 MP format, Exmor R sensor, B.O.SS Stabilization, ZEISS Lens that supports 20x Optical Zoom and 30x Clear Image Zoom at 4K. Touch panel of 3.0 inches lets you determine and choose the function you find the most suitable for a particular setting. 5-D Mic which does a premium job at capturing sound from all directions ensures the sound is realistic enough to enjoy. For sharing and broadcasting wirelessly, you have WiFi and NFC at your service.

Coming on to the most budget-oriented choice on our list, the Panasonic HC-V180K with 50x Stabilized optical zoom is quite a thing of wonder. It offers ultra-sharp 1080p recording and apart from the optical zoom, it intelligently zooms up to 90x, assisted by 5-axis hybrid optical image stabilization system. 2.7” touch panel LCD to control the function and switch to shooting modes is quite convenient and talking about the audio, the 2-channel Zoom microphone to record from distant sound sources says it all.

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Last update on 2021-06-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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